A real visionary, Francis Cresci opened La Pizza Cresci in Nice in 1956 followed by La Pizza Cresci in Cannes in 1960 as part of the greater wave of a new dining concept in France. For the first time, guests could sit around a table laid out like in a traditional restaurant and eat a unique dish – pizza. Indeed, while pizza may have originally been created in the south of Italy, it was along Nice’s Rue Masséna that the idea of a proper restaurant specialising in pizzas took shape.
Hot off his success, Francis Cresci expanded his company by opening La Pizza Cresci in Cannes in 1960, followed by La Taverne Masséna and Le Québec in Nice in 1963 and 1969 respectively. Driven by this sense of conviviality and always attentive to the quality of service, the Maison Cresci, led by Francis Cresci’s son Lucovic, now offers both leisure and business customers an excellent range of rooms and apartments within complexes in Cannes and Nice.
After the success of La Pizza Cresci in Nice and La Pizza Cresci in Cannes, Francis Cresci decided to open his second restaurant on Rue Masséna in the heart of Nice. This lively place was designed to offer everyone the chance to visit a restaurant all through the day until late at night. You could try the famous pizza that made our establishment so popular, as well as Niçois specialities and humble favourites such as choucroute, the traditional and most iconic dish of the great French brasseries.
Whether on the terrace (at ground level or on the second floor) or in the elegantly decorated dining rooms, La Taverne Masséna invites you on a culinary odyssey with a varied menu showcasing some of France’s very best traditional recipes.
Lovers of good food can also indulge in one of the Maison Cresci’s famous half-moon pizzas. There’s something for everyone with a quality that has never dwindled, all in welcoming surroundings with a timeless feel.