Culinary gems from our recent travels…
This week, we highlight a few places we discovered while vacationing in the Côte d’Azur: San Remo, Villefranche-sur-mer and Vieux-Nice.
San Remo, Italy – Da Vittorio
If you are with someone who is ‘connected’ in the area, certain restaurants will serve up a six course lunch for you…. even if the restaurant is closed at 3pm on a sunny Thursday afternoon! For mere mortals, go during regular hours. You will still be welcomed with the warm Italian hospitality. Homemade pastas, frito misto that tastes of the sea and fresh lemon, all washed down with crisp Vermentino. (No french rosé here!) It’s a dreamy little place that cannot be recreated anywhere else.
Villefranche-sur-mer, France – La Mère Germaine
Perfect spot to transition back into land life following a few days on your sailing yacht. Right on the water with great people watching and boat watching. Classically French with seafood highlights. Warm, welcoming with polished service. Apparently it’s been in business for 70 years! When the restaurant is full the kitchen can get backed up, but what’s the rush? Great spot to enjoy some rosé, share some classic seafood and let the afternoon go by.
Vieux Nice, France – Le Bar des Oiseaux
It’s only a matter of time before these guys pick up a few Michelin stars. Creative, progressive and imaginative. There is some serious talent hidden away in the old town of Nice. It’s developing quite a little following and it gets booked up fast. Next generation French cuisine at its very best.
Vieux Nice, France – Chat Noir, Chat Blanc
Chef Giorgio Grilenzoni is classically trained, but this little place is anything but uptight. Market driven menu is both French and Italian. Best to go in a group so that the whole menu can be enjoyed. Quintessentially old town Nice, only here would you be able to enjoy rock and roll haute cuisine in the back alley. One of our favorite spots.