Looking to discover a new double-sided Italian restaurant in Paris? Head to the place Saint-Michel, in the 6th arrondissement, to meet a yummy venue worth the trip because of its concept and cuisine. Head to 6 place Saint-Michel, were used to stand the Gibert Jeune store until March 2021. This unique restaurant opened there. At first glance, you will see Tony’s, a pizzeria worthy of those set in Little Italy in the U.S. With beautiful bench seats, its wooden bar, the many frames hanging on the walls and checkered napkins, this pizzeria is all about vintage. On the menu? homemade pasta, polpette della nonna, without forgetting the unmissable Neapolitan pizzas.
By night, Tony’s puts away tables, the room empties, giving the illusion of an abandoned eatery. But do not be afraid, it would be so bad to turn around and leave. As a matter of fact, patrons are ushered to the back of the pizzeria to discover, behind a mahogany door, La Ultima. A night speakeasy restaurant, looking like a clandestine casino, providing us with a genuine and incredible dive untouched by time. With its brass fountain in the hallway, black marble, crystal chandeliers, animal print chairs and soft light, La Ultima makes us travel back in time with its 70’s-inspired spirit both private and soft.
Once comfortably seated, enjoy the tasting with mouthwatering menu and dishes inspired by Italy made by Manuel Castro. Fan of Italian cuisine since his younger years, the chef was sous-chef in a two-Michelin-star restaurant in Sicily, before working for several French Michelin restaurants such as Penati al Baretto.
On the menu? Flavorsome, hearty and colorful dishes like in the country of the Dolce Vita. As for antipasti, enjoy the famous veal carpaccio, Milanese fried egg and gorgonzola, or squid salad Mediterranean style. As for starter, we got the unmissable truffle arancinetti: two hearty and delicious truffle risotto fritters with 24-month parmesan, for a fabulous start!
The journey to Italy continues with a nice and colorful plate based on fluffy and delicious gnocchi, pistachio pesto, tomato sauce, and stirred king shrimps. Across the table, some perfectly cooked squid served with tomato sauce and potatoes. It was so good it only confirmed our first impressions!
As for meat-eaters, there is something to satisfy their taste buds too, such as the truffle beef fillet, or the prime rib of beef for two served with gorgonzola sauce.
As for sweet-toothed patrons, La Ultima puts on a great spread with the Pistacchiomisù (or pistachio tiramisu) and the Cannolo siciliano (crunchy dough stuffed with ricotta cream, vanilla, dark chocolate and pistachio). Or, if you have some room left, we highly recommend the rum baba with limoncello cream and red berries. A classic that always has a great impact.
To pair these delicious dishes, La Ultima suggests some wine – especially Italian – or cocktails. To choice, 7 creations and 4 classic ones, all made by the talented mixologist, Roberto Pino. Visually and gustatively, we were blown away by the “Negroni fumé” evenly mixing Campari, Martini Rosso, gin, without forgetting smoked orange peels, to uplift it all. Or, you can discover the “Pacino Spritz” (limoncello, Belvoir, prosecco, soda and lemon), or the “Tony’s” (gin, vodka, blackcurrant cream, Italicus and soda).
With such an uncommon concept and ode to the Italian cuisine, La Ultima strikes hard and blows a fresh wind on the Place Saint-Michel. Are you ready to go on a timeless and scrumptious journey?
Dates and Opening Time
Starts 3 May 2022
6 Place Saint-Michel
75006 Paris 6
Entrée: €12 - €16
Plat - à partir de: €22
Tony’s : service continu de 12h à 19h
La Ultima : ouvert de 19h à 23h