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Sep 30, 2012 04:24 PM

24 hours in Nice

Hi, I'll be in Nice for a little over 24 hours in early November. I figure this gives me 2 lunches and 1 dinner max. I'll be visiting Paris and other parts of France before/after so I am most interested in regional Nicoise cuisine and maybe some Italian. Here are my choices so far:

Dinner: Aphrodite or Flaveur. Both look pretty good, but from looking at the menu it seems like Aphrodite is more regional, as well as modern. Flaveur seems more popular on these boards though. Any recommendations for/against both, particularly interested to hear what you'd recommend if you've been to both.

Lunches: For my first lunch, I'd probably prefer something lighter like a Nicoise salad, since I'm arriving there late and I don't want to ruin my dinner. For the second day lunch I'm thinking perhaps Italian, seems like Nice is well-known for the ravioli. So far I am looking at Le Safari, Acchiardo, La Ville de Sienne, and Le Local. Which ones would be better for Nicoise salad, and which one would be better for Italian/pasta?

Thanks all!

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  1. I'd choose some food from the stands in the Cours Saleya market for lunch. The Pissaladiere and the Socca are not to be missed.

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    1. re: ChefJune

      Thanks, I think I'll check that out for the first day lunch, since I don't want to eat anything too heavy since I will be arriving close to 2pm.

      Will probably prefer to sit down for my lunch on the second day when I have a little more time.

      1. re: arlenemae

        " I will be arriving close to 2pm."
        By which time, the Cour Saleya market stalls will all be closed for the day, except for the flower market, and you can't eat flowers. :-)
        In any case, I respectfully disagree with ChefJune about the socca and pissaladières from those stands. I find the socca and pissaladières from the René Socca reliably much better.

        Da Achiardo is very nice. I don't remember it serving ravioli. I could be wrong.
        Ravioli is something we never order in a resto in Nice.
        We usually get our ravioli, uncooked, from Le Barale, then cook it at home. I still dream about Le Barale.

        1. re: Parigi

          Le Barale's gnocchi are also perfect. And, what a delightful shop.

          1. re: Parigi

            <I find the socca and pissaladières from the René Socca reliably much better.> Wasn't sure that was still there! I would certainly recommend that. But it still is "sort of" a stand, even though there are places to sit down.