Top 4 Foods to Try in Nice
France is a country that’s renowned for its culinary diversity, and the French Riviera is no exception.
In Nice, there are a number of dishes that have been created over the years that have been influenced by the Mediterranean climate, as well as by the proximity to both the sea and Italy.
Start by trying a Niçoise salad. If you think that you know what’s in this dish because you’ve had it at home, you might be surprised to learn that the original version is made with anchovies, shallots, red peppers and greens, and that’s it. Potatoes and tuna are ingredients that were added later, which can lead to confusion when these two items are mysteriously ‘missing’ from your salad.
A flavourful soup commonly associated with France, historians have traced the roots of ratatouille to the city of Nice. Consisting of aubergine, courgette, tomatoes, carrots, onions and other vegetables simmered together with spices and herbs, this dish is a great way for you to start your meals while you’re in town.
If you like your stew to come with generous chunks of meat, then order la daube Niçoise and feast on stewed beef chunks slow-cooked in wine with onions, carrots and mushrooms. It might feel out of place to have this in the middle of the summer, but the delicious flavours and tender meat make this a must-try regardless of the weather.
You shouldn’t leave Nice without also trying a plate of raviolis Niçoise. The city’s close to Italy, which explains the influence behind this delicious dish. Stuffed with braised beef, chard and Parmesan cheese, the ingredients show off the kind of mouth-watering food that you can enjoy in this part of the Côte d’Azur.