Typical Food of Monte Carlo
Monaco, considered the second smallest country in the world, is located on the east coast of France, near Italy. Therefore, its typical food has influences from French and Italian cuisine.
The Monegasques (natives of Monaco) have a light breakfast, but compensate with a sumptuous lunch and dinner. Their typical dishes are mainly composed of seafood and different types of fish along with vegetables and fruits due to their connection with the Mediterranean.
Below are some of the most typical dishes to get to know the gastronomy of Monaco.
Barbajuan, the national food of Monaco
This is a tasty appetizer, famous in France and Italy, which is a variety of fritter filled with ricotta cheese and chard.
However, the fillings can be different, including onion, rice, leeks, spinach and parmesan cheese. Barbajuan, Monaco’s national dish, is eaten mainly on November 19, the country’s national day.
It is a cheesy, crunchy delicacy with flavors that vary with the ingredients that go into its preparations.
Bouillabaisse- A popular fish stew from Monaco
A famous fish dish that has its roots in Marseille, the second largest French city. The traditional bouillabaisse comprises three varieties of fish, namely robin, European conger eel and red scorpionfish.
The aromatic spices and herbs that go into its preparation make it unique, different from other dishes. The fish is prepared together with other ingredients, thickened and seasoned with rouille sauce (made with breadcrumbs, olive oil, cayenne pepper, garlic and saffron).
However, in its place of origin, the broth prepared with vegetables such as celery, potato, leek, tomato and onion is placed in a soup dish next to the slices of bread and the rouille sauce with the fish placed in a large separate dish. Once placed on the table, all the ingredients are served together in a large soup dish. It has a thick and tasty consistency, while the addition of spices gives it an aromatic feel.
Gnocchi – Tasty potato puffs (gnocchi)
Small, soft, thick dough balls made from a dough composed of mashed potatoes, flour or semolina, as well as a lot of other ingredients such as cheese, egg, breadcrumbs and potato.
It is often eaten as an appetizer and served with cream, butter or meat-based sauces. In addition to preparing it at home, this dish is also available in grocery stores, with a shelf life of about two months, when kept at a temperature of 2 °C.
It has a pillowy and plump texture with a soft and delicate taste. The sauces that go into its preparation can also make it creamy or spicy.
Porchetta – A tasty pork roast
This famous Italian cuisine is composed of a boneless roast pork, salted in excess and stuffed with a lot of aromatic herbs and spices. The taste is smooth and juicy, tastes better when eaten hot and the addition of herbs and spices takes the flavor to a whole different level.
Fougasse – Popular Monegasque food
It is a flat bread, prepared with a dough of flour, salt and yeast, as well as herbs such as sage, rosemary and thyme that is sprinkled with olive oil when baked.
Ingredients include cheese and also almonds and nuts (in Mexico). It is crunchy and has nuts, while the addition of herbs makes it aromatic.
Pissaladière – A tasty and appetising pizza
This famous dish originated in the region of Nice, in the south of France, and is a kind of French pizza. The ingredients that go into its preparation include pizza dough and covered with black olives, caramelized onions and anchovies.
It is a popular appetizer, in previous times it was served as an excellent breakfast for the people of the region of Nice since it was cooked and sold every morning. The taste is rich, crunchy, and spicy, perfect for summer or winter picnics, as it can be eaten both hot and cold.
Socca – A much sought after street food in Monaco
It is a delicious crepe or pancake made of chickpea flour, olive oil, chopped onions, as well as herbs such as rosemary. The pancake is often cut into pieces, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and sold hot.
The outside is charred and crispy, while the inside has a creamy taste.
Pan Bagnat – A finger-lickin’ sandwich
It is an indigenous dish from the Nice region in France, this is a famous street food too. It consists of a sandwich, made of wholemeal bread stuffed with a sumptuous salad of hard-boiled eggs, raw vegetables, anchovies, pepper, salt and olive oil.
Popular in most supermarkets and bakeries, it is a tasty snack. In the local Provencal dialect, Pan Bagnat (which is alternately written as pan banhat) means