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Restaurant Anima in ParisAnima (Paris) - © Matthieu Jauniau-Dallier

David Lahner’s glittering galaxy (Racines, Le Bon Saint Pourcain) is pursuing its takeover of the Left Bank by sending its latest creation straight to its zenith: introducing Anima, a spirited and carefully styled Italian spot. After opening Caffè Stern, this time round the clever godfather of Parisian restaurants has partnered up with Marco Marzilli. Taking their inspiration from the Boot, they’re matching up the pair with fine finishing touches and no half measures: a veined calacatta verde marble bar, luxurious Pierre Frey fabric wall coverings, a gigantic pizza oven with disco-ball-inspired tiles…. This fiery den is driven by Neapolitan native Roberto, whose pizzas are crafted to perfection, like the light Napoli (tomatoes, fior di latte and anchovies di Cetara, €15). But the beast’s true master goes by the name of Matteo Testa (ex-Tondo), a Piedmont chef who uppercuts the classics: a very gourmet vitello tonato (€13); an umami-esque parmiagiana di melanzane (€15); sautéed octopus that would be make the poor animal blush, that’s how delicious it is with crispy potatoes under a parsley purée (€16); and to finish, a light raspberry and AOP balsamic panna cotta, or an experimental tiramisu with a moussey sabayon (€9). As for the Corpus Christi element of the meal: white wine from Lombardi, Castello Di Stefanago (€7 a glass) or Etna Rosso from Sicily, Tenuta Delle Terre Mere (€45 a bottle). À la carte €33-44. Pizza €9-25. // Matthieu Jauniau-Dallier

Getting there

Restaurant Anima
78, rue du Cherche-Midi
TEL: +33 1 40 47 90 41
Subway: Rennes, Saint-Placide, Vaneau
Website: anima.paris