On Friday evening, Juan les Pins was relatively busy with locals and tourists alike eager to catch a glimpse of the annual ‘Bataille des Fleurs’ (Battle of the Flowers) parade. There were floats decorated with flowers, Brazilian samba girls and brass bands. Occasionally, the parade participants would throw a spectator a flower to pass onto their beloved.
Before the parade, we were eager to eat dinner quickly and with a minimum of waiting as we had three children with us (aged 19 months to 6 years of age). We stopped by La Grappa (12 avenue Maréchal Joffe, 06160 Juan les Pins. Telephone: 04 93 65 93 13), a family-run Italian pizzeria located on the street leading from Juan les Pins train station to the seafront.
La Grappa is unpretentious. Because it is on the street leading to the beach area it doesn’t have a scenic view, however it has good tasty pizza for a reasonable price for Juan les PIns. We reserved a table for seven people (including the children) and were promptly given menus on arrival, and drinks orders taken. We waited no more than 10 minutes for our delicious wood-fired pizzas to be served. The waitress was friendly and attentive; the pizza chef was friendly also and showed my son how he put the toppings onto the pizzas and then into the wood-fired oven.
The pizzas were very tasty – perfect thin crust (not soggy or burnt around the edges), lots of toppings and cheese – our bill was 66 euros which was good for Juan les PIns – including 5 large pizzas, a pichet of rosé, 2 large beers and water. The restaurant is located at street level and has a couple of bistro-type tables outside on the sidewalk, and there is just one small step into the main dining area so it is accessible for both baby buggies/strollers, and/or wheelchairs. The toilet is also accessible for wheelchair users.
We will definitely return again to La Grappa.