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The Maison Cresci

One family’s fantastic story!

A true visionary, Francis Cresci created a new concept of restaurant in 1956. 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 decided to expand 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 Nice and Cannes.

La Pizza Cresci, Nice

Working the dough since 1956


Creation of La Pizza

In 1956, Francis Cresci opened La Pizza Cresci in Nice. Ever a lover of spectacle, he installed the oven near the street, within easy view. Passers-by were attracted by the spectacle of the wood fire, as well as by the heat and the aromas.

This lively place was designed to offer the Dolce Vita generation the chance to visit a restaurant all through the day until late at night, with the showstopping spectacle of the pizza sizzling away in its legendary wood-fired oven. 


A significant institution in Nice

Big names in show business and sport; tourists from across the world, residents of Nice; young and old alike – these are just some of the people who have been able to enjoy this must-visit place in Nice. Today, as ever, everybody comes to enjoy the famous half-moon pizza, as well as a whole array of delectable dishes. There’s something for everyone here with a quality that has never dwindled, all in welcoming surroundings with a timeless feel.