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Top chef Dominique Le Stanc left the world of haute cuisine far behind to take over this tiny, traditional, family-run bistro. And how lucky we all are. La Merenda is now one of the most authentic and unpretentious eateries along the French Riviera. Market-fresh specials scribbled on a small chalkboard depend on the season and may include stuffed sardines, tagliatelle drenched in delicious basil pesto, or a delectable tarte au citron. Note: The restaurant has no phone, so you’ll need to make reservations in person.