French people use to think that Corsican cuisine is a mix between Italian and French cuisines. As usual with stereotypes, it is not completely wrong. Nevertheless Corsicans use local ingredients (sauce with honey, cheese Brocciu, myrtle or chestnut) in a different way and it makes a very different taste.
La Villa Corse is the true ambassador of Corsican cuisine in Paris. Actors and politicians come here to have dinner, not only because of the cozy and comfortable atmosphere, but above all because of the Corsican delicacies.
This is one of the favorite restaurants of my mum and, once again, as I had just come back from Moscow, she invited me to La Villa Corse.
As a starter, we had two classic dishes: First, small squid cooked in skillet. You have to taste this. It gives the impression that you are sitting in a small Corsican village next to the sea. We also had some Corsican ham and charcuterie (pork products). One of the best in the world.
Then we ordered codfish in a veal broth with truffle and a John Dory grilled in rosemary with artichokes. What can I say? I'm a fan. Their dishes are full of flavor and the portions are generous.
Even desserts are great. We couldn't resist a red berry salad with nepita (a Corsican herb with a flavor close to mint) and a strawberry sorbet. We also ordered a Fiadone (a kind of Corsican cheese cake).
A bottle of Tendance Casanova rosé gris, with flavor of white flowers and spices, was the perfect choice.
Now that I'm not living in Moscow, but in Paris, they'll see me quite more often!
Being an American Foodie in Paris, I was very excited to eat while I was visiting. La Villa Corse, did not let me down. It is a quaint restaurant and lounge, reminding me of being in someones home. The food was delicious, and served in surprisingly large portions. Although our waitress spoke very little English, and my wife and I no French we managed to make it through with wonderful food at a decent price.
The oxtail and foie gras tureen is a must, and the black pork was huge with very familiar flavors. My wife had John Dory, we left full and very happy.
Had lunch there 2 weeks ago. I really liked the decor. Food was excellent: had the scallops with ham risotto followed by the warm chestnut cake with chestnut ice cream. Service was really good and friendly: the waiter even got us a small portion of chestnut ice cream for helping decide on the dessert! I also liked the wine as he managed to recommend a red wine that worked with both my scallops dish and the others' guinea fowl. Very happy with the experience! Would definitely come back!
I rate this restaurant very highly for the quality of the food and nice atmosphere although it is not cheap but defnitely worth a visit. However, the sister restaurant near Porte Maillot is nowhere near as good, just as pricey and a complete disappointment you have been warned!
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