Socca Pissa


This month’s Best Dish List Theme is Healthy and Delicious Options Around Town


Restaurant: Vive Bistro and Bakery,  130 East Avenue, Rochester,  NY  (585) 481-2021

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I am thanking my lucky stars for Vive right now. No. Really. I am smiling as I write.


Three best friends: Pam Hathaway, Nick Lemesis, and Keith Savino opened Vive Bistro and Bakery this past month on East Avenue in downtown Rochester. An upscale French vegan bistro + comfortable casual vibes = a fresh take on vegan fare we have yet to see in le Roc. Oui, s’il vous plait!  (Yes, please!)


There were so many items on the menu that I wanted to try (don’t worry I’ll be back), and I finally decided on the Socca Pissa.  The “Tomato, Tomato, Tomato” to be precise. A twist on the traditional pissaladiere, socca is a crust made from chickpea flour.  This version is infused with rosemary and oregano, and it’s gluten free and full of protein. Many compliments to the chef for the texture of the crust. It was “spot on” as Gordon Ramsey would say- and with just the right combination of soft and crunchy.  I enjoyed my first slice with a base layer of savory tomato pesto, topped with Provencal roasted tomatoes and fresh sliced tomatoes. And don’t forget the magical drizzle of balsamic reduction.




Vive is la best. I am one satisfied French vegan girl.

-Amy Hebert, A-List Contributor



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