For the most prestigious category, the jury made a selection from the huge range of institutions that have been spoiling foodies from Brussels and beyond with Italian gastronomy for years. The authentic restaurants are often discreet. You pass them without noticing anything special. Especially if they are located on a busy road that leads into the city, such as San Daniele. Since 1983, it has been a discreet institution where kings and queens, top politicians, football bosses and CEOs have dined while maintaining a sense of privacy. After Antonio Spinelli’s passing, son Franco has continued the establishment’s tradition of fine Italian gastronomy with Belgian influences.
On the other side of the Brussels-Capital Region, we find another foodie favourite, Da Mimmo. Just like San Daniele, it was awarded a Michelin Star. Our panel gave both the same score. At Da Mimmo, you are pampered with a tailored service that leaves nothing to chance. The chef likes to work with luxury products such as truffle and caviar, but it never becomes bombastic. Above all, Da Mimmo offers refined cuisine and a stylish but cosy interior. When the weather is nice, make sure to take full advantage of the pleasant city terrace on the street side. It’s the ideal address for a unique, gastronomic experience.
Just off Place Flagey lies one of our capital’s most exciting culinary addresses. Young duo Ugo (from Capri) and Francesco (from Florence) fused the culinary traditions of these two Italian regions. This resulted in Racines, an ode to mamma’s cuisine. Make sure to try the crespelle, one of the duo’s amazing creations. With a bit of luck you’ll find it on the menu. And if you're still hungry for a bomba fritta, pay a visit to Racines' younger sister: Monella.
Brussels’ pinnacle of Italian gastronomy, however, can be found at Senzanome, located at the wonderful Sablon. It was an obvious choice for the jury. Gault&Millau (16/20) and Michelin (one star) also consider this restaurant a worthy representative of Italian cuisine in Belgium. The light, blue interior perfectly matches the food on your plate. Chef Giovanni Bruno’s fish dishes are particularly brilliant. He always manages to find the perfect balance between tradition and reinvention. High-quality, carefully selected products are used in an exceptionally creative manner. Perhaps a bit too extravagant for your liking? If so, head to sister Nadia Bruno’s restaurant Fico in the Chatelain district.