Inevitably, Perosa Argentina’s proximity to France meant that we could not come this far without going all the way! We usually get across via Montgenèvre to the east of Torino, but this time headed south, and for the first time ever, used the Tunnel du Col de Tende, just 20 miles south of Cuneo. There is no tariff to traverse the 2-mile tunnel, and it was fairly quick even if only one line of cars is allowed to pass at a time. There was about a 15-minute wait (on either side) before the queue got the green.
Our hotel lay in Peillon – one of those tiny little villages perchés that are so cute to look at but often a pain to reach. The pain was mitigated by the fact that we would be driving through a scenic route that included old french villages and the things that we love best about them, namely, the boulangerie, patisserie and fromagerie.
This is the first time I’ve come across the onion tart pissaladière (center). What awesomeness that was! The custard tart and assorted pastries (frangipane, apple and apricot) served as carbs for next day’s breakfast in bed. At 20€ each, Auberge de La Madone is too expensive in that department. Maybe if they had promised me truffled eggs with brioche and foie gras…
The next day came all too quickly and we ate our pastries and italian coffee (I’ll have to show you my set-up one of these days) at dawn. We had a long haul ahead of us to return home – the same way we came instead of the quicker Nice-Genova autoroute – but not before stocking up on foodstuffs and one last picnic.
Patisserie Alexis Demaria in Sospel scores big for desserts, but what caught my eye from the start were barbagian / barbajuan, a sort of fried ravioli said to be the national dish of Monaco. The seasoned filling is made with chard, spinach, rice, and parmigiano and they were a bit expensive at 3.20€/100 grams, but the taste makes them worth every cent.