After Café Kokomo and Kokomo Cantine, the French-Italian restaurateur Damien Menaldo paid homage to his Turin roots with Primi, a new bar serving foodie delights with an authentic bistro/trattoria vibe: a big pink concrete bar, emerald green tiles, terrazzo tile floors, leather banquettes and… an atelier window, behind which antipasti and kilos of fresh pasta are prepared in rapid succession! For us, the night we went: a crispy trio of truffle and grated Parmesan arancini; ardent octopus grilled over charcoal; silky roasted cauliflower with tahini; tender vitello tonnato with capers and homemade bottarga; crispy panzanella, a Tuscan salad of bread, tomatoes, cucumber and red onion… All served with (unlimited) focaccia that’s served nonstop. Noticed on a nearby table, the pasta of the day appeared to be some mouthwatering mafaldine tucked into a layer of stracciatella and thinly sliced black truffle. For dessert, there’s an XXL tiramisu to share, or Sicilian pistachio ice cream. // A.D.
FEELING THIRSTY? A naturophile wine list: Voria, a Sicilian pet’ nat’ white from Marco Sferlazzo (€38 a bottle); Note di Bianco, a Sicilian white from Alessandro Viola (€43); Friand & Juteux, a Savoie red from Mathieu Apffel (€34); a Sémillon orange from Réjane de l’Astré in Dordogne (€27 a bottle); plus a selection of wines served by the glass at €5 and a copious cocktail menu that’s focused mainly on gin drinks.
PRICE: Plates €6-14, desserts €6-9.