Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Super Socca!

Recently, I tried a restaurant called Nizza in NYC's Hell's Kitchen area. The cuisine is inspired by foods of the French and Italian Riviera, as "Nizza" is the Italian pronunciation of the French city, Nice.

Nizza recently added a gluten free menu that includes a wide range of soups and salads, a dish called socca and several varieties of it, corn pasta dishes, risotto, meats, poultry, and fish.

Socca is a crispy chickpea pancake cooked in a brick oven. Nizza offers several varieties including:

*CLASSIC - Sage, Onions, and Pecorino
*LA MIA - Taleggio Cheese, Pancetta, Chili Flakes, Red Onions & Parmesan
*HOT COPPA - Provolone, Mozzarella, Taleggio, Tomatoes, & Arugula Salad
*POMODORO - Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, & Basil
*QUATTRO FORMAGGI - Mozzarella, Fontina, Ricotta, Gorgonzola, Pesto, & Pinenuts
*PIZZA PICCANTE - Spicy Sausage, Tomato, Long Hots, & Smoked Mozzarella
*SOCCA & EGGS - Swiss Chard, Fontina, Onions, and 2 Eggs

Nizza also offers a variety of different gluten free pasta dishes using corn pasta. These include:

*PESTO - Fettucini with a touch of cream, crescenza cheese, and pesto
*POMODORO - Spaghetti with tomato sauce, fresh and smoked mozzarella, jalapeno pepper, basil, and pecorino
*ZITI AL FORNO - Oven roasted ziti with tomato sauce, burrata, and paremesan
*SUNDAY PASTA - Spaghetti with tomato sauce, sweet italian sausage, and parmesan

I ordered for my dinner, an Arugula Salad with Parmesan, Lemon, and Olive Oil to start with the Classic Socca with Sage, Onions, and Pecorino for my main course. They were both absolutely delicious!

Nizza is open for lunch Monday - Friday and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday. It is open for dinner, 7 days a week.

For more information:

630 9th Avenue (btw. 44th and 45th St.)

1 comment:

  1. Wow those Socca dishes sound fantastic. I've tried making it at home but it never really works that well. It sticks to the tray, and its kind of greasy. Am going to try Indian chickpea flour pancakes next.