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Riviera Pebbles Blog: Au Vieux Four

Posted on 7th Jul 2018 in Eats & Drinks

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Au Vieux Four, Emmanuel Philbert, Nice

Au Vieux Four
1 rue Emmanuel Philbert

Often hailed as the best pizzeria in Nice, Au Vieux Four is not one to miss. Cooked in the ďVieux FourĒ (old oven) these pizzas are baked to perfection. Chef Pascal Fritsch was awarded for his Pizza Campagnarde, the best pizza in the CŰte díAzur, and the second best pizza in France for 2006. We know thatís a long time ago now, and Pascal isnít always at the furnace anymore, but itís still very, very good. In peak months, youíll struggle to get a table if you go after 8pm, especially at weekends, but they can take reservations and speak enough English for you to call and book.

Frequented by the French locals, itís authentic, homely and accompanied by excellent friendly service. Donít worry if you havenít perfected your language skills, as the waiters also speak some English. The owner, David, is almost fluent.

Whilst pizza is their speciality, you can also find a great selection of traditional NiÁoise, meat and pasta dishes. The steak is often recommended as are the scallops. When it comes to desserts, you wonít be let down here either; the tiramisý should also win an award. Temptingly displayed in the chiller cabinet, it is absolutely melt-in-the-mouth delectable and should not be missed. Tiramisý translates literally as "pick me up", and this version delivers.

It's five minutesí walk away from Place Garibaldi square, classed as the Port area, but not near the boats. For authentic, traditional pizza itís definitely somewhere to try. Main courses start from 10,50 euro for a basic pizza, but expect to pay more for pizzas with more toppings.

Open Monday-Saturday 11:50-14:00 and 19:00-22:45
(closed Monday lunch service)

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