... and it is a wood burning fire in the pizza oven.
I notice that there has not been a review of La Tavernetta posted on TripAdvisor for a while so let me adjust that right now.
It rained all day today (07/03) in Monte Carlo but despite that, there appeared to be quite a few tourists in the Principality, including a large number from the Far East. There was no 11.55 ceremonial guard changing at the Palace - more than likely because of the rain and what it would do to the uniforms - so what to do next? Have lunch!
There's an abundance of restaurants in the little streets, down from the Palace. We were attracted to the simplicity of La Tavernetta. It was busy but we managed to get a table for the two of us. It was at street level, where there were just a few tables, with a larger number down a few steps, in a white painted vaulted area. At the rear, the open plan kitchen, with its wood fired pizza oven to the right, was fulfilling orders. This is an unpretentious place and totally in keeping with its name.
Both of us started with a really fresh and generously portioned mixed salad that was truly mixed.
For mains, my wife's Risotto Milanese had that lovely, creamy, saffron look about it. A very good dish. As was my Pizza Paysanne. Terrific, thin, pizza dough with extremely tasty toppings. Drinks-wise, the half litre pitcher of house Rose was perfectly acceptable. It was paired with a 1.5l. bottle of mineral water.
The husband & wife owners worked the front of house, along with a small team at the back. It transpired that they (the owners) live in San Remo and commute to Monte Carlo each day. There is a great deal to be said for good, small, independent restaurants such as this. Long may they prosper and long may the owners of this little gem go from strength to strength.
n.b. La Tavernetta is only open for lunch.
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