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Monte-Carlo’s Italo-gourmet gem: La Trattoria by Alain Ducasse

Alain Ducasse’s restaurant La Trattoria-Sporting Monte-Carlo is one of the best places in Monaco to experience a taste of Italy while enjoying the Mediterranean Sea.

Thinking about the Dolce Vita and Alain Ducasse’s gourmet food got my dining partner and I all excited even before getting to the restaurant, and we were not disappointed.

Real Italian food lover, I am quite demanding when it comes to it but did you know the term “trattoria” is something different? It means enjoying natural, fresh and uncomplicated recipes with the feeling of being transported to the heart of Italy.

The waiter who took care of our table that evening was extremely nice and professional. It was a true pleasure discussing with him about the Chef’s specialties and why was this place so special. During the all dinner, he took the time to explain the different meals and answer our questions.

With a menu that changes quite often, Chefs Franck Cerutti and Robbie Pepin pick the freshest ingredients to cook La Trattoria’s guests authentic and generous, full flavored Tuscan cuisine.

From the desirable choice of antipasti (you can choose to go for 3, 5 or 7), my dining partner and I decided to share 5 of them as recommended by our waiter. It was the best thing to do if we wanted to continue with a main. It’s hard to pick the best one but some highlights were (in order of preference) the rabbit liver crostino which was nicely roasted on top, the burrata coming directly from Italy and the Vitello tonnato, prepared to perfection.

We decided to continue with a main each. I went for the royal gilt-head bream which was served in vegetable minestrone. I had never tried bream prepared as such and it was great to try something new. The minestrone made the bream even more tender and tasty. My companion went for the saffron Rockfish soup with shells and Salicornia and we shared Alain Ducasse’s Signature side, the “spring vegetables cookpot”. I love vegetables but I have to say this mix of zucchinis, artichokes, asparagus, fennel and dry tomatoes was absolutely delicious.

As we could not resist desert, we finished with the best Italian desert I have ever tasted, the Zuccotto. Sweet, soft and with a nut chocolate heart, it was the perfect conclusion to a diner that had already fulfilled more of its promises.

After such a nice experience, I would definitely recommend La Trattoria to anyone wanting a special fine Italian dinner. I loved the choice of antipasti to share, which gives the opportunity to taste many different meals with leaving some space for a main. The service was great (you can really feel the “Alain Ducasse made in Monte-Carlo touch”) and if in party mood, the location offers an easy access to the best club in Monaco: Jimmy’z Monte-Carlo.

Summer is the perfect time to go for the Trattoria so go taste the Italian side of Monaco soon!

Visit La Trattoria-Sporting Monte-Carlo website and call to book +377 98 06 71 71

Location : Sporting Monte-Carlo, Avenue Princesse Grace, 98000 Monte-Carlo, Monaco

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