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Socca is a Favourite Streetfood from Nice Make it at Home

Socca, made with chickpea flour, is the ubiquitous street food found all over southeastern France, most notably in Nice and, more specifically, around the Cours Saleya market. When cooked perfectly, it is best straight from the pan and served very hot, replete with addictively crispy edges and lightly seasoned with flake sea salt, cumin, and perhaps a drizzle of olive oil. It makes the perfect merenda, or midday snack, with a bottle of rosé (who drinks just one glass?) to keep you active while searching for treasures in the narrow streets of Vieux Nice.

It is hard to pinpoint the exact origins of socca or soca as it is spelt in the Niçard dialect, though the modern version is likely to have crossed borders from Italy, where it is known as farinata. While the exact origins of socca are not clear, it remains a popular dish in Nice. There’s even a short documentary called “We Eat Socca Here,” which introduces us to the world of this local speciality. We learn the dish’s history, watch it being made, and learn why the locals love it so much. The film is guaranteed to make you hungry!

But you don’t need to travel to Nice to taste this southern French speciality. It’s easy to make at home and makes for a dramatic show to cook in front of friends while enjoying an apero.

Socca Favourite Streetfood Nice and Rose

How to Make Socca

blankChef François de Mélogue
A gluten-free chickpea pancake that everyone will love.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Resting Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 10 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine French, Provencal
Servings 2 people


  • 1 cup Chickpea Flour
  • 1 pinch Sea Salt
  • 1 pinch cumin
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 cup Water
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil


  • Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth. Put into a glass jar and let sit for a day.
  • Build a charcoal fire. Put cast iron pizza 'stone' over the fire. Liberally oil. Pour chickpea batter over and tilt the pan until all the runny batter is in contact with cast iron. Cook till crispy, then flip and finish cooking. It usually takes me 2 or 3 minutes.
  • Lift pan out of the fire and serve at table. I usually drizzle olive oil on top and sprinkle flake sea salt.
Keyword Chickpeas, Pancakes
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Chef François de Mélogue

Chef François de Mélogue

François de Mélogue grew up in a very French household in Chicago. His earliest attempts at cookery began with the filleting of his sister’s goldfish at age two and a braised rabbit dish made with his pet rabbits by age seven. He eventually stopped cooking his pets and went to the highly esteemed New England Culinary Institute, where he graduated top of his class in 1985.

Chef François has over 30 years of cross-cultural culinary experience and brings an impressive culinary history and a unique Mediterranean cooking style. After graduating top of his class from the notable New England Culinary Institute, Chef François began his career in a number of highly acclaimed kitchens across the country, including Chef Louis Szathmary’s restaurant The Bakery in Chicago, Old Drovers Inn, a Relais and Chateaux property in New York and Joel Robuchon Gastronomie restaurant in Paris, before opening award-winning restaurant Pili Pili in his hometown of Chicago, rated in the Top Ten new restaurants in the World by Food and Wine magazine in 2003.

Chef François resides in St Albans, Vermont with his wife Lisa and ten-year-old son Beaumont, who has proclaimed himself the family saucier. Chef François' latest publication French Cooking for Beginners: 75+ Classic Recipes to Cook Like a Parisian takes you on a culinary journey well beyond the streets of Paris. Francois is a professional photographer specializing in food/product photography, real estate photography and shooting rural landscapes of Vermont and France. Explore his work on

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