Editor's experience: Le Pinocchio

Abandon preconceptions that restaurants on the rock of Monaco are nothing but expensive tourist traps. True, there are plenty of cafés serving overpriced crêpes and Croque Monsieurs, but Le Pinocchio on rue Comte Félix Gastaldi doesn’t play to that crowd.Read more

Newly opened in Loano: Zucchero & Farina

They both had solid jobs in the tourism industry for many years so had little to no experience of going it along without the security of a regular pay cheque. Still, the two colleagues had dreams beyond their desks.Read more

Diamond to dust: an end to the Monegasque rankings

During the 1940s in Monaco, government officials sought to find a way of encouraging restaurateurs to provide a minimum level of service that corresponded to what a customer was ‘entitled to expect’ from a Monegasque establishment. The Losanges ratings system was the result.Read more

Festival food truck: a new menu for Château de Berne

A cold rain patters down on the van’s roof as Wendy in her grey apron slowly flips over a frozen patty. She squeezes an apathetic dose of mayonnaise onto a bun then hands it over to the sound of cars whizzing past. “£4.50 please, love.”Read more

Stars & other symbols: a guide to the Michelin system

What is on the plate is all that matters when it comes to winning a Michelin star (or more). Inspectors look right past decorative table setting, flowers and other ‘fuss’ to focus on their five essential criteria: the quality of ingredients, mastery of flavour and cooking techniques, the presence of the chef’s personality in their cuisine, value for money, and consistency between visits.Read more

Villa Belrose: the real star of Saint Tropez

© Aline Gerard It has long been touted that this five-star member of the Althoff Hotel Collection owns the finest view in Saint Tropez, with a breath-taking panorama of the bay. But let’s not forget the other reason to visit this luxury address, which can also be enjoyedfrom the terrace.Read more

A family affair: Le Figuier de Saint-Esprit

It isn’t often that you come across a whole family working beneath one roof anymore, let alone in a Michelin-starred restaurant. Yet Le Figuier de Saint-Esprit in Antibes has just that: the doting father, a welcoming wife and two talented sons, including one who put his travelling days behind him to return to the paternal kitchen. Read more

The marriage of L'Oasis & Barbossi

For the past 27 years, Stéphane, Antoine and François Raimbault have managed to stay at the top of the culinary game thanks to their perseverance, passion and courage. L'Oasis has lived up to its shimmering two Michelin stars, which shine true to one single calling: the pleasure of giving happiness.  Read more

Old town charm: Le Cannet serves up an ode to the culinary gods

According to Cannes’ TripAdvisor, the city has some 660 restaurants, which can sometimes make the challenge of deciding where to eat somewhat difficult. The solution? The old town of Le Cannet, a picturesque and secret suburb five minutes from Cannes. It’s a hidden gourmet gem.Read more

Les Étoiles de Mougins 2018

Michelin Star restaurants, cosy bistros lining the cobbled streets, a breath-taking panoramic view stretching from the sparkling Mediterranean across to the jagged hills of the Gorges du Loup… There are certainly worse places to eat that the delightful hilltop town of Mougins!Read more

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