Monaco is the second smallest country in the world, nestled on the east coast of France near Italy on the Mediterranean. Given its location, the cuisine of Monaco is heavily influenced by French and Italian styles. Typically, people in Monaco eat a light breakfast with a heartier lunch and late dinner. Seafood and fish are prominent ingredients in the cuisine, not surprising given Monaco’s location on the Mediterranean Sea.
There are several national dishes featuring cod such as brandamincium (cod served with cream sauce made of garlic, cream and local plants) and stocafi (cod cooked in a special sauce). Another popular food is socca, chickpea flour pancakes. Barbaguian is a tasty snack of a stuffed fritter usually with spinach and leeks. Desserts include pastries such as Fougasse, which is made with orange flower water and covered in almonds and nuts. French wine and champagne are the most popular alcoholic drinks.
Monaco is a fairly expensive country. Most of the nicer restaurants charge a lot for a meal. It is possible to get snacks and simple meals at cafes. The Pizzeria Monegasque, on 4 rue Terrazzani in Monte Carlo is a good spot for pizza, main courses range from 10 Euros to 25 Euros. If you are self catering, Carrefour supermarkets can be found around Monte Carlo and in the Fontvieille Shopping Center. A baguette and French cheese can be picked up at any market and make a very nice snack.
If you want to eat out on a budget you might try eating at the restaurants in Beausoleil, a French town just uphill from Monaco.
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