The Old Town of Nice is a major tourist attraction and overflows with people in the summer months, many of them dining in and around Place Rossetti, one of the many squares filled with outdoor restaurants in the Old Town, this one with a view of the towering cathedral, Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate. If you’re lucky, there will be a wedding spilling out of the front doors while you’re there with all the accompanying hoopla.
Just off the square of Place Rossetti, on a narrow side street, is the restaurant I would choose over all the rest, La Rossettisserie, a tiny hole-in-the-wall place with red-checkered table cloths, and seating for about 20 (with more in the cool stone cellar below, which you might prefer on a sizzling summer day in Nice).
Crammed into this tiny, but charming space, you can watch as the chef prepares your meal, slicing off juicy portions of roast beef, roast lamb, or roast pork. This is a carnivore’s fantasy!
For about 20 Euros, you get a plate with a generous portion of the roasted animal of your choice, along with potatoes, a small salad and vegetable ratatouille, all made from fresh ingredients from the nearby open-air market, and a carafe of house wine. I would add that all the house wines in France are more than acceptable.
The owner and chef has created a relaxed, yet romantic dining experience with wonderful waiters, the proverbial chalkboard menu, the open kitchen, and, whenever I’ve been there at least, great jazz playing. It gets you away from the madding crowds in the nearby square, and let’s you feel a little more French. I go there every year at least once when I’m in Nice because it’s a fabulous meal for a more than reasonable price with a great ambiance.
In the summer months, you will probably want to make reservations ahead. It’s tiny and fills up fast. You can do this online at www.larossettisserrie.com, or simply stop by in the afternoon on your way to the beach.
Find more tips on traveling to Nice this summer in The Beginner’s Guide to the French Riviera: Stop Dreaming & Start Packing.