I recently visited a friend at their holiday house on the border of Italy and France. Her husband bought it back in the 70’s, and it’s so damned cute (picture on left is view back towards the mountains from their rooftop terrace… fortunately there is no bell in the tower!) The village where they own, Fanghetto, is perched on top of a hill in the Italian mountains, just 1 km from the French border – which, in my mind, represents the best of both (food) worlds! G and I are going down there in August as part of our 2 week summer vacation, so my friend invited me down beforehand for a tour of the region. Lucky me! All I can say is wow. I loved it – and I know we are going to love it even more in August.
Being a fellow foodie, Patti took me on a food tour of the region. This included lunch at a Michelin 1* restaurant called Mirazur. A trick I now know is to go to starred restaurants for lunch, as most will have a Menu Formule for a reasonable price (obviously check before you book just in case they don’t!) In this case, we had 2 courses, a glass of wine and a table-side brewed tisane plus a plate of petit fours…all for the incredible price of Euros29. As Patti had eaten there the week prior and spoken to the chef (she is taking her clients on a French and Italian Riviera Food Tour in September), we were also given an item off the a la carte menu…egg with morels and parmesan cream. Simply stunning – both visually and in flavour. Needless to say, we are now booked in for dinner in August (unfortunately they’re not open for lunch as they don’t have any air conditioning, so the room gets too hot!)