Last night we went to dinner at Le Safari, which specializes in traditional Niçoise food. We'd been wanting to try pissaladière, and they brought a small plate of it to our table before we had even ordered the meal. It's a thin bread dough covered with caramelized onions, garlic, olives (of course!) and anchovies, and it's delicious.
For an appetizer I ordered petits farcis, another Niçoise specialty. It's small vegetables (zucchini, peppers, tomato) stuffed with seasoned breadcrumbs and baked in a wood-fired oven. It's another delicious food that I would definitely order again. Bill had the grilled sweet red peppers with olives and garlic that I had ordered a couple of days ago.
For a main dish I ordered aioli, which turned out to be a huge plate of steamed seafood (clams, whelks, a prawn, and cod) along with steamed vegetables and a hard cooked egg. It's served with a delicious garlicky mayonnaise. This was the first time I'd eaten whelks, and can't say I'd order them again, but otherwise I loved the seafood, even though the prawn was fully equipped with head, antennae, and eyes. Bill got a plate of mixed grilled seafood, which also included fried calamari. We can't remember the name of this dish, but the first three letters are "par." A Google search this morning isn't helping. A man sitting nearby had advised us on what to order and he shared some of his rosé with us. It was a delicious meal and so filling that we didn't even consider stopping for gelato on the way home.
This morning Bill went to the market while I stayed home to do some knitting. He returned with grapes, figs, two kinds of olives, bread with chestnuts, wild boar sausage, and a pissaladière. I'm looking forward to a delicious brunch.