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Nicolas Balestra (ex-Professore and Quindici) sure doesn’t mess around when he makes a sandwich! Wrapping them up in “Save the planet” newspaper, he fills two layers of divine rye-wheat bread with vegetable antipasto, charcuterie aged from three weeks to six months, and plenty of cheese – there are 30 varieties to choose from in his Fort Knox of an épicerie-cum-tasting bar. However, the day we went for lunch, there was barely a sandwich in sight! Instead, a plate composed of beetroot and bulgur salad, slow-roasted eggplant, sautéed zucchini seasoned with lemon, celery and olives, smoked pork belly from Trieste, mortadella, bresaola from Sicilian black cows, Tuscan ham, rustic wild boar saucisson from Abruzzo. Before ending the meal with a saffron sheep’s milk cheese or dried pears with buffalo milk camembert! Good to know: Nicolas also teases you with freshly made pasta: homemade orecchiette, linguine with palourde clams… depending on his mood that day. // G.D.

FEELING THIRSTY? In the glasses: all Italian, from €4.50 to €6 by the glass (a red from La Matota or the selection of the day), Barbera Tonisa (€29 a bottle) or an orange wine from Progetto Calcarius in Puglia (€33)…

PRICE: Sandwiches €8.50, set menus €8.50 and €13.50 (lunch), pasta €16-24, tasting platters €18.

Le Fooding’s 2022 Guide is fresh out of the oven!

What’s on the menu this year? A brand-new selection of 200 restaurants, bars and bedrooms across France, articles sprinkled throughout the magazine, the taste of the times distilled down to its purest form in our highly anticipated award’s list and, for the very first time, two new guides to the country’s best stand-out shops and spirited cellars!

2021 Le Fooding guide frontcover


Le Fooding is a print and digital guide to all the restaurants, chefs, bars, stylish hotels and B&Bs that make up the “taste of the times,” plus an annual awards list for new establishments across France, a series of gastronomic events, a tool that allow you to make reservations at some fantastic bistros, and an agency specialized in event planning, content production and consulting… In short, something to keep you on your toes at all times!

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