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Local Niçois Specialities

Now that you’ve bought your apartment in Nice or your villa in Cannes, why not get into the swing of things and sample the delights of local cuisine? Here is the Attika team’s selection of local food and drink to try! Enjoy…

1. Salade Niçoise

This salad is Nice’s culinary claim to fame. Made with tomatoes and green beans, topped with tuna, anchovies, Niçoise olives and, more often than not, hard boiled eggs, all dressed with vinaigrette, it’s a heartier alternative to the traditional British salad!

2. Fleur de courgette

The yellow zucchini flower, or fleur de courgette as it is often called, is a staple of cuisine Niçoise and is served in one of two ways: battered and deep-fried to make a sort of flower fritter called a beignet, or farci style where the big blossom is stuffed with meat and spices before being baked. Delicious!

3. Socca

Socca is the traditional Niçois peasant snack. It resembles a large chick pea pancake and is best eaten right out of the oven with lots of pepper and a glass of rosé. There are lots of socca stands dotted around the Old Town, including one every morning at the Cours Saleya market.

4. Pissaladière

This tart of caremalised onions is another Niçois must-try!

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5. Tourte de Blettes

This tart is made of swiss chard, raisins and pinenuts, and is simply delicious! It can be sampled in either the sweet or savoury version.

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6. Porchetta

You probably haven’t seen this one at home! Porchetta is an Italian speciality: a whole pig that has been hollowed out and then stuffed with chunks of meat, fat, local herbs and lots of garlic before being roasted on a spit. It is then served in thin slices and though it might be a gruesome sight, it is definitely worth a try!

 

Other Niçois products

We strongly recommend you try some of the other tasty local products such as tiny Niçois olives, terrific fresh pasta and local goat’s cheese, not forgetting local ice cream! There is also a lot of seafood in the town and if you’re into it, sample the various mussel dishes on offer, always served with French fries: Moules frites.

Obviously the best places for local Niçoise cuisine are in the Old Town so get yourselves down there and let us know what you think!