Corsica served up on a plate

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Corsica served up on a plate

Land of strong culinary tradition, Corsica offers a family, yet sophisticated cuisine that food lovers will adore. Setting off from Ajaccio, discover the culinary specialities of the Isle of Beauty.

Corsica served up on a plate

Authenticity in Ajaccio

Your culinary getaway starts in Ajaccio, at restaurant 20123. In its rustic setting, you will experience the Corsica of yesteryear through traditional cuisine that makes the most of tasty Mediterranean produce. The menu will delight with oven-roasted milk-fed lamb and the glorious veal stew with olives, served to the impromptu burst of traditional songs. Before dessert, leave enough room to try the local cheeses, such as bruccio made from ewe's milk.

Further on, Le Piano chez Toinou is a typical, charming eating place located in the lively little town of Porticcio, to the south of the bay of Ajaccio. The colourful master of the house welcomes you in and sits you down on the pleasant terrace. Having perused the menu, order one of the Corsican dishes inspired by local ingredients from the land and sea, such as honey veal casserole, potatoes and roasted figs or crispy sea urchin with ratatouille – something to tickle everyone's taste buds!

Le 20123
2 rue du Roi de Rome
20000 Ajaccio
+33 (0)4 95 21 50 05
www.20123.fr/

Le Piano Chez Toinou
Les Candilelli
20166 Porticcio
+33 (0)4 95 20 87 93
facebook.com/chez.toinou/

Corsica served up on a plate

Mountain cuisine in Corte

Next stop is the Auberge de la Restonica, a rustic-style restaurant just outside the picturesque and isolated village of Corte, in the heart of the island's mountainous interior. Nestled among spectacular gorges, it is the perfect place for hikers seeking to recharge their batteries with a delicious Corsican meal. Start with an asparagus and panzetta salad drizzled with cassis vinaigrette, before sampling the chef's signature dish, the Filet Restonica, a slice of beef fillet served with cheese flambéed in cognac. It is a real treat to be shared with family or friends.

Auberge de la Restonica
Route de Restonica
20250 Corte
+ 33 (0)4 95 46 09 58
www.aubergerestonica.com/

Corsica served up on a plate

Sophistication in Porto-Vecchio

If you fancy a bit of fine dining after a walk in the forest of Ospedale, look no further than the Table de Cala Rossa. Savour the exquisite, sophisticated cuisine of chef Pascal Cayeux who plays with combinations of ingredients grown exclusively in the hotel's vegetable garden. You will be in heaven when you taste the steamed blue lobster with verbena or the confit pigeon leg with olive oil and chestnut gnocchi.

If you prefer a lighter option, then head to I Piattini, a second restaurant at the hotel, offering tempting dishes, such as local baby shrimp topped with lemongrass salt, truffled ham croque monsieur or Mediterranean vegetable caponata with raspberry. You can then enjoy an excellent dessert, comfortably seated at the water's edge on a stunning terrace built on wooden stilts.

Grand Hôtel de Cala Rossa
20137 Lecci de Porto-Vecchio
+33 (0)4 95 71 61 51
www.hotel-calarossa.com/fr

Corsica served up on a plate

A little bit of Italy in Calvi

Situated on the bay of Calvi on the north-west coast of Corsica, Octopussy offers simple, modern dishes that bring out the best of local influences. From your table on the terrace with its spectacular panoramic views stretching from the walls of the citadel to the port and out over the bay, you might want to try their famous grilled organic salmon steak, washed down with a glass of the local rosé, the Clos Canarelli with its unusual acidic notes. For dessert, opt for the restaurant's own take on Italian tiramisu made with canistrelli, classic biscuits from the Isle of Beauty.

Octopussy
Chemin de la Pinède
Plage de Calvi
20260 Calvi
+ 33 (0)4 95 65 23 16
plage-octopussy.com/