Family-run Italian Restaurant in Nice

One thing I love about cities, is that you can find something surprising around every corner and on every side street. I had planned on having lunch with a friend at a Vietnamese restaurant in Nice, but it was closed for some reason.  So, due to this twist of events, we ended up walking down rue Dalpozzo and came across “La Milanesina,” a family run, Italian Restaurant (2, rue Dalpozzo).  The lovely, interior decoration and friendly ambiance immediately pulled me in.

la milanesinaIt soon became quite obvious that this place was family run, as the chef is the mother of the waiter, speaking Italian together.  I ordered one of the “plat du jour”: a ham & cheese omelette, but asked to have it without the ham.  What shocked me next was the waiter asked if I wanted something in its place – huh?  In all my years in France, when I have ordered something without an ingredient in a French restaurant, no one has offered a substitution.  I asked what he had in mind, to which he then asked the chef, and responded “courgettes” (zucchini) – delicious.  The service was polite, friendly, and accommodating — yes, you read correctly —  accommodating to the client!

I personally thanked the chef and asked how long they had been open (2 years); she understood, but did not speak a lot of French.  Their appreciation for our patronage was indeed heartfelt and conveyed – in the end, I was happy the other restaurant had been closed.

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Nice’s Cuisine – Cuisine Nissarde

Nice’s cuisine

Nice is well known as a tourist attraction, but also for its lifestyle and food. The cuisine is traditional and Mediterranean, with plenty of vegetables, flavours and aromas…

The “Cuisine Nissarde” label is awarded to restaurants that work to promote Nice’s cuisine by undertaking to follow the recipes, use quality products and raw ingredients, provide customers with a warm welcome and information and comply with the health and safety regulations.

VISITE GUIDÉE SUR LA CUISINE NIÇOISE

5 Promenade des Anglais
06000 – NICE
Tel. : +33(0) 892 707 407
info@otcnice.com

Walking tour through the history of typical local products.

All the history of Nice’s gastronomy on a walking tour : candied fruit, olive oil, socca, fruit, vegetable and fish markets, a stroll through the narrow shopping streets of the Old City.
Duration: around 2 hours, arrival Place Garibaldi – Thursday, departure at 9:30am from Nice Convention and Visitors Bureau – 5 Promenade des Anglais.
Accompanied tours with a qualified guide in French/English. Reservation necessary at the Nice Convention and Visitors Bureau or on nicetourism.com.
Price adult : 17 € – Children -16 years : 7€ – Children -6 years : no charge.
On option after the visit, at 11:45 am : “Tickle your tastebuds” lunch tasting at la Socca d’Or : 15 € – childrens menu 10 €. Menu : socca, pissaladière, peppers in olive oil and anchovies, the real salade niçoise and home-baked bread, “torta de blea”,”bugnes” during the Carnival period, coffee, tea, soft drinks, wine.

http://www.nicetourisme.com

Source: Nice Convention and Visitors Bureau

Fragola Restaurant in Old Nice

The fish market in Place St. François:

“Comprising a few rows of trestle tables set out around the square’s central fountain, this busy, noisy fish market is best visited early on in the day, when the catch is fresh in from the trawlers. Then, you’ll find a glistening tableau of sea life spread out over jewel-like beds of ice. Come later and the ice has melted, all but a few morsels have been sold and the gulls are gathering on the surrounding rooftops.” (Credit: TimeOut Nice)

Just beside this square at #5 is the lovely restaurant, Fragola, where I recently enjoyed a lobster dinner – a fitting meal considering its location, n’est-ce pas?

I asked for a some melted butter, since I like to dip my bites of lobster into it (à la Américaine), but was served the lobster with apparently some butter drizzled on top of it by the chef.  I had to equate my request to the concept of escargots/snails soaking in their garlic butter to get the point across of needing a dish of melted butter. It was finally served, although there may have been some puzzled head shaking by the server and/or the chef at this bizarre request!

It was deliciously delectable, as we were seated by the window in a delightful, charming setting – the best table in the restaurant in my opinion.  I couldn’t take a photo of the exterior, as there was scaffolding in place – Definitely a place to return to!

 

 

 

Café Bianco & New friends

One great thing gained from blogging is a sense of community, and so it was that I met up with blogger and author, Lynn McBride of Southern Fried French, for an apero during her stay near Nice.  It was such a delightful evening that I ended up eating dinner with her and her husband and their friends from the U.S.

We shared stories, tips about our blogs, self-publishing woes, & ongoing marketing of our individual books (see photo/link below), over a nice dinner accompanied, of course, with un bon verre de vin.

Café Bianco (9 Rue Chauvain) was the perfect setting for establishing comraderie and new friendships, and not far from the center of Old Town. A nice evening with nice people and new friends in Nice!

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Victoria Restaurant in Vieux Nice

 

I found a charming restaurant on one of the narrow streets in Old Nice, not far from the Cathedrale St. Reparate. I was enjoying my lunch so much that I had forgotten to take a before photo of my steak & fries! But, it was the bread to die for – so much so, that I asked where they source it and after lunch, went to the nearby boulangerie to buy some. Generally, the bread served in a restaurant is a sign (to me) of the overall quality of the restaurant and their attention to detail. The service was polite and efficient; the chef also came into the dining room to ask if all was OK with everyone. A great find!

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THE bread !

Ravioli aux fromages

Ravioli aux fromages

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Ile flottante

 

10 ICONIC THINGS TO DO/SEE IN NICE

1 – Museums

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Follow in the footsteps of Chagall, Matisse, Renoir, and Picasso, among many other artists, with a visit to the numerous historical and fine arts museums. Discover how the light of the French Riviera inspired and captivated artists, beautifully reflected in their works of art.

2 –Old Town

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Marvel at the Apollo fountain in Place Masséna, as a starting point. Enjoy the culturally diverse food stalls & large flower market, as you stroll through the daily morning market in Cours Saleya; a flea market is held instead on Mondays for you to find just the right antique or trinket souvenir. Among the winding, medieval streets of  “Vieux Nice,” you’ll find art studios; a variety of quaint shops, cafés, & restaurants; Palais Lascaris; Sainte Reparate Cathedral, and many charming churches. Oh, and don’t forget to stop for ice cream at Fenocchio in Place Rosetti, if you can choose among the 98 flavors!

3 – Beaches & Seaside Restaurants

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Nice’s beaches are iconically pebbled, with smooth stones of various patterns and shapes. Enjoy the azur, turquoise, and cobalt blues of the Mediterranean while dining al fresco. For up close and personal seaside views, lunch or dine at one of Nice’s private beach restaurants, or at one of the Promenade-lined hotel restaurants for panoramic views.

4 – Bellet Wines

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The vineyards of Bellet comprise around 11 domaines, situated in the higher elevations behind Nice, and are classified as AOC (appellation d’origine controlée). Producing red, white, and rosé wines, the Bellet vineyards are iconically rich in both terroir and taste.

5 – Shopping

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From the luxurious Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and Hermès designer stores to Sephora, Zara, Galeries Lafayette, and Nice Etoile shopping mall (just to name a few), there is indeed something fashionable for everyone’s taste and budget. If you would like a souvenir, designed around the iconic blue chairs lining the Promenade, you can see the information HERE

6 – Chậteau Hill

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Take the stairs, elevator, or the tourist train up to Castle Hill for a breathtaking, panoramic view of the city and sea. The city park divides Old Town from the Port of Nice and is a peaceful setting of nature, including a waterfall.

7 – Salade Niçoise

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Nice’s iconically-named salad, delicately flavored with a vinaigrette dressing, is generally made with lettuce, red peppers, tomatoes, onions, hard-boiled egg, “les caillettes” (iconic Nice olives), tuna, and anchovies. You may see other variations of this iconic dish, with added ingredients, such as green beans and potatoes.  Nice and Lyon are two cities that have gastromically-acclaimed cuisine.

8 – Promenades

Walk, jog, bike, rollerblade, or simply stroll along the wide, seaside walkway – the “Promenade des Anglais.” Daydream while sitting on the iconic blue chairs and taking in the beautiful azure color of the sea.

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Stroll through the 26-acre park, “Promenade du Paillon,” with meandering paths from the Albert 1st garden to the Nice Theater – lots of green space, playgrounds, and fountains to enjoy.

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9 – Nice Port & Place Garibaldi

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The port is enjoyable, to take in during a portside stroll, with its “100 Antiquaires,” eclectic cafés, and boats and yachts of all sizes.

Nearby Place Garibaldi is known for its lovely frescoes and lively cafés, situated in the main square and along the various side streets leading to the port area.

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10 – Day Trips

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Traveling either east or west of Nice, from Menton to Mandelieu, you can visit many iconic, charming towns and perched villages, easily accessible by car, train, and bus, on the French Riviera.  Nice is the perfect base from which to take day trips, due to its central location and comprehensive transportation systems. The Principality of Monaco is only 20 kms. (12 miles) from Nice, with easy access via the #100 bus that stops close to the famous Monte Carlo Casino.

BIENVENUE & BON SÉJOUR !

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Charlotte – A Nice Restaurant

Situated on rue d’Antibes Alberti in Nice, this is a charming restaurant where I had lunch with a friend who has eaten their many times. The carnaval was taking place on the Promenade and in Place Massena, as we meandered to avoid crowded and barricaded streets.

We ended up on rue d’Antibes, as I followed his lead, passing a shop that had a carnavalesque entryway in keeping with the festivities. I had worked near this neighborhood but, surprisingly, had never heard of the restaurant, named Charlotte – It had recently changed hands, and I was excited to try it out.

There was a fixed menu of either three or two courses, with a variety of choices to choose from – the risotto with blue cheese & walnuts and topped with bacon was uniquely delicious, as were the other courses. The coffee and after-dinner macaroons were served in/on beautiful porcelain, adding to the charming ambiance of this cozy place. Definitely worth remembering for a followup visit!