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Pink Mamma, Paris

Authentic Italian food in Paris' pinkest building

Authentic Italian food in Paris' pinkest building

Tracey Pollard

Pink Mamma is the latest addition to the Big Mamma restaurant group; masters of Italian dining who have so far introduced five successful Italian restaurants and informal pizza parlours to Paris. Pink Mama; located in the heart of the emerging Pigalle district, joins the portfolio as the group’s sixth opening.

The vivid corner building is (unsurprisingly) vibrantly pink in colour, and draped in wild ivy, creating a prominent visual presence in an area of Paris generally associated with sex shops and music. Its unique design trades over four floors, offering a bespoke concept and distinctive interior design on each.

The beautiful basement bar, which stays open until the early hours, is accessible via a walk in fridge, hung with various cuts of meat. Perhaps not for the squeamish (or vegetarians), it is certainly and aesthetically striking contrast, and provides something of an unusual talking point. The natural-light bathed upper level is encased by a stunning glass roof, covering the entire floor, with ivy dripping from rustic wooden beams. The overall feel is authentically Italian; with every element, from the ingredients to the tableware to the waiting staff, all hailing from Italy.

Pink Mamma operates an evolving menu that changes every month, with seasonal food offers including a range of wood-fired pizza and fresh seafood dishes such as sea-bass ceviche and octopus, as well as mouth-watering desserts. However, the Trattoria’s forte is most definitely meat, specifically traditional Florentine speciality; Fiorentina. These hearty, 30 day-aged T-bone and Tomahawk steaks come from Big Mamma’s own cows, and are cooked in a 3m long barbecue with a quebracho and cherrywood mix, infusing the meat with a distinct, inimitable flavour.