Famished, we stumbled upon “Place de Jesus” and entered one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen. After exiting the church, we became famished and starved. Adjacent to the restaurant in De Gusa where we sat down, not knowing the restaurant was not officially open for 13 more minutes. The local waiters said, “Seven we open.” We contemplated walking around, but decided to stick around because of the affordable prices.
I decided to order a chai from the Indian restaurant next door (by the way which was an authentic Indian chai) and wait until the clock struck seven. Starved, I became confused not knowing what to order. Everything sounded good and at least one-third of the menu was vegetarian-friendly.
Josh ordered the pesto pasta and I ordered the Napoli pasta and the soupe au pistou. I never tried this vegetable-based soup, and wanted to experience something new. The soup arrived and with two spoons we dug in and fell in love with the first bite. The simple soup contains the “pistou” which are herbs and olive oil that is placed upon the soup. The flavor and concoction was unmatched and I became determined to master this recipe.
Next, the waiter approached with the meals. Both our eyes perked up and belted #OMG to the Roman Gods and thanked them for our meal. The homemade pasta noodles and sauce were as authentic as an Italian Grandma cooking from her 1921 Italian kitchen. The pesto pasta was out of this world. The simple olive oil and basil was smooth and topped with whole pine nuts. It was not a cheese-type of pesto that is found in jars at the grocery store. They used the traditional lighter olive oil that hones an authentic taste.
The meal was extra special because we celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary. The bonus included free water, homemade bread and Parmesan cheese that Josh mentioned was amazing. One of the best parts of French cooking is that they do not overload on the salt. So nearly saltless, I enjoyed controlling how much salt entered my food.
If there's any one European culture who knows how to eat and live, its the French and Italian culture. Here you get the best of both worlds that appeases the vegan palate. The most amazing part of Nice is the history. Once conquered by Greeks, Romans and Italians, you get the best of Italy set alongside the beautiful Mediterranean shorelines of the French Riviera. If you are looking for something fresh, authentic and affordable in Nice, look no further than De Gusa.
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