Foodie Adventures & Highlights: Corsica (France)

Not going to lie, the food in Corsica was pretty spot on for my tastes; lots of pizzas, pastas, seafood and some cheesy local dishes as well. As mentioned in my Country Review & Recommendations post for Corsica, Corsica has been ruled by various different groups of people, which has definitely had an impact on the local cuisine. You can definitely feel French influences in the cuisine, but I would say Italian influences are most dominant (there are Italian restaurants left and right).

Pasta

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Seafood pasta (2017)
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Lasagna (2017)
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Carbonara penne (2017)
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Lasagna (2017)
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Pasta with mushrooms in a tomato sauce (2017)

Let’s start off with one of my favorites – pasta. Corsica proved to be an excellent place to load up on carbs, with most if not all restaurant offering at least a few pasta dishes on their menu. I probably ate at least one pasta dish per day, and close to one pizza per day as well. You can find very common and popular pasta dishes in most restaurants, like: tomato sauce, meat sauce, pesto, seafood and others.

Pizza

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Pizza with prosciutto, parmesan shavings, roquette and cherry tomatoes (2017)
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Pizza with prosciutto and parmesan shavings (2017)

Similarly to pasta, almost all restaurants served pizzas as well. My all-time favorite and the only pizza that I ate during my trip, is covered in delicious prosciutto and parmesan shavings, yumm.

Local Dishes

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Brocciu cannelloni (2017)
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Charcuterie Corse (2017)
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Charcuterie Corse (2017)

But enough with the pastas and the pizzas, let’s take a look at some of the local dishes Corsica had to offer. For starters, we have brocciu. Brocciu is a typical and local Corsican cheese, made from sheep and/or goat milk. One of the most common ways restaurants served it was in pasta, more specifically in cannellonis, with a creamy tomato sauce. Delicious. Besides cheese, Corsica is also known for its charcuteries, which were equally as tasty.

Seafood

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Gambas risotto (2017)
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Seafood pasta (2017)
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Moules marinières & octopus salad (2017)
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Grilled fish (2017)
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Sushiiii (2017)

I guess you could say seafood counts as a local dish, as seafood is very predominant in Corsican cuisine and found in almost all restaurants. Seafood was prepared and cooked in many different ways, like with pasta, in a salad or on its own, like mussels and fish dishes. Speaking of fish, we got tired of eating carbs 3 times a day at one point, so we decided to get some sushi one night. It was really good, especially the “Dragon” sushi with its crispy bits.

Meats

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Veal scalloppine (2017)

Of course, there were many meat dishes as well, especially a few local specialties that I didn’t get, cause I’m not that big of a fan of meat focused dishes. My mom however did order veal scaloppine a couple times, which I tasted and were very good.

Seaside Dining

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lamb brochette with roasted potatoes and garden salad (2017)
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creamy mozzarella di buffala salad with slices of fresh tomatoes (2017)

Apart from the above mentioned categories, this pretty much sums it up for the different types of foods. One of the things I like most in the summer, is to eat outside. Corsica offers a lot of outdoor dining options, especially beautiful seaside dining options. At the Lotu beach in Les Agriates, I enjoyed a delicious seaside lunch of lamb brochette with roasted potatoes and garden salad, in a super cute restaurant. At the Palombaggia beach, I had another great seaside lunch consisting of a creamy mozzarella di buffala salad with slices of fresh tomatoes.

Desserts

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Peach and raspberry sorbets (2017)
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Tartelette aux figues (2017)
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Berry tart (2017)
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Tiramisu (2017)

Of course, you can’t forget desserts. Because it is part of France, Corsica had an amazing assortment and offering of French desserts, but also Italian ones. I had tiramisu, gelato, sorbets, tartelettes and more.

Outdoor Food Markets

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Tarts, quiches & other baked goods (2017)
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Tarts, quiches & other baked goods (2017)
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Cheeses (2017)
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Cheeses (2017)
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Charcuteries (2017)
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Charcuteries (2017)
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Quiche (2017)
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Giant sandwich for 5 euros (2017)
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Fresh fruits and vegetables (2017)
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Fresh fruits and vegetables (2017)

Surprisingly, Corsica also had an abundance of outdoor food markets, almost one in every city we visited. The stalls at these markets were filling with freshly made tarts, quiches & other baked goods, local Corsican cheeses and charcuteries, jams, fruits, vegetables and more.

Beer & Wine

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White wine & Pietra beer (2017)
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White wine with a view of Bastia (2017)
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Serena beer (2017)
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Sweet apple cider (2017)

One of the best things about Europe is the (low) price of alcohol. However, the prices at some of the restaurants were rather expensive for a glass of wine (range between 4 euros and 7 euros – very similar to home prices). Corsica is home to a few local beer brands, two of which are served in the majority of the restaurants: Pietra and Serena. Corsica also has many wineries, producing red and white wines, but also very sweet moscato in the North. We also got to enjoy some very sweet apple cider, which was very good on a hot summer day.

UP NEXT: My restaurant guest post for Ossiano! (Fine Mediterranean dining in the West Island)

*All photos are my own (or taken by someone with my device, or of me)

 

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