I could wax lyrical about the cultural side of our experience in Nice, but that would not be an accurate telling. It was all about the food. Some sun, a lot of sun, but ultimately about the food. The discoveries were varied and amazing. We ate a lot of Italian cuisine, a definite influence of neighbouring Italy clearly.
Attimi was one of our favourites. We went there at least twice and did not come away disappointed. Close to Place Massena, on the edge of Old Town, it was always full – which is always a good sign – and the food consistently good. The restaurant is big on slow food. In fact their menu gives great detail about the origins of their food: from the chopped tomatoes to be found in your salad to the pancetta ham, the parmesan cheese, the capers, the goat’s cheese, to even the garlic providing all that flavouring. Every single ingredient has got the P.D.O star of approval – a certification that recognises and confirms that each product is from a certain region of the country, and that its characteristics are essentially and exclusively dependant of its geographical and environmental origin. In support of the Italian Slow Food Movement, which include 1300 small farmers, fishermen, butchers, bakers, cheesemakers etc. all respecting traditional farming techniques, Attimi makes eating out a feel good experience, gastronomically as well as ethically.
We loved their beef lasagne – although you do have to wait a long time for it, delighted in the attimi- a thin-crust filled bread that serves as both a light meal or a starter. It is filled with a creamy crescenza cheese and a choice of delightful other fillings. Fresh salads that came on oversized plates and sliced beef that was pretty much salted and grilled, but tasted wholesome.
This was one of the restaurants that set the standard for us with regards to dining out in Nice, which was slightly unfair to the other restaurants we tried which did not quite live up to Attimi’s standards.
Restaurant Attimi, 10 Place Massena, 06300 Nice.