Okay I’m about to do something I rarely do… get a little personal. When I was a little girl (before my Valley Girl days), I didn’t want to be a princess, own a pony or bake brownies in my pretend kitchen. I think it had something to do with my full name or some film that romanticized the culture, but I wanted so badly to be French.
This obsession started with simple pleasures like forcing my parents to cook crepes and chocolate mousse pies (not the pretend kind) on all occasions. It wasn’t until I reached the seventh grade that I could stop fantasizing (and bothering my parents) and take my first French class at school. I loved speaking French and didn’t stop taking classes until my last years in college. And it wasn’t until college that I visited the most beautiful city in the world- Paris. I visited France again a few years ago for the trip of my lifetime. This time I stayed with a French family in Aix en Provence and explored the breathtaking cities on the southern coastline. I was able to experience the authentic French lifestyle, improve my conversation, eat superb French food and discover the French city. It was très très magnifique!
So as you can see, I must have been French in another life and have a special place in my heart for the country. And that is why I was so excited to hear of a new and worldly venture coming to Scottsdale this Saturday, March 5- La Petite France! Ooh la la!
La Petite France, Strasbourg
The creators of this new French eatery opening up in Seville Scottsdale are from Strasbourg, France in the region of Alsace, and “Le Petite France” is a neighborhood in their hometown. The couple, who has moved to Scottsdale to be close to their daughter, ran restaurants in France for more than 20 years. Sacrebleu!
Although Strasbourg is situated inside the French borders, it is still very close to Germany and therefore the menu at La Petite France will be très unique!
Let’s start with the French fare délicieuse! La Petite France will offer a variety of French quiche, crepes, croques (open-faced grilled sandwiches), salads and baguette sandwiches.
And now for la nourriture très unique! La Petite France’s menu will include flammekueche and crosty, two Alsatian specialties. The rest of France calls flammekueche “tarte flambee” as it is a kind of Alsatian flatbread made in a wood-burning oven that is traditionally topped with onions, bacon, cheese and crème fraiche. La Petite France will also be serving flammekueche topped with smoked salmon, cheese, dill and capers and a vegetarian flammekueche with cheese, mushrooms, zucchini and arugula.
The crosty is a German-style potato dish that is also baked in the wood-burning oven.
The traditional style crosty is mixed with ham, bacon and cheese. La Petite France will also offer it Italian-style with bacon, goat cheese and pesto. Or you can try the Meaty with sausage, provolone and Parmesan.
La Petite France is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and will be located at 7001 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale (in the Seville Shopping Center). For more information please call 480.922.3727 or visit lapetitefranceaz.com.
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday.
Vive la France!