I arrived without a reservation and after the usual excited Italian discussion, punctuated with the whole spectrum of gesticulations, over the reservations book I was led to a good window table. The restaurant never completely filled and it always amuses me when this happens. Not here, but I have been to a completely empty restaurant where I was the only customer all night and have still had to endure the same rigmarole
Back to the Brusketta. A generous basket of soft bread and oil was already on the table whilst I made my choice.
The pasta (which arrived in an incredibly short time) was amazing, the creamy, eggy pasta that you get in Italy and, rarely anywhere else, and a decently sized portion and piping hot. A large bowl of Parmesan was already on the table, none of the waiter sprinkling on half a teaspoon rubbish.
The crème brulee (there goes the cholesterol level) was absolutely perfect, crisp top, superbly creamy and perfectly set..
Service was good, attentive and in the waiters third language - I struggle with a second
I would say that Brusketta is slightly on the expensive side (Euro 15.50 for Tagliatellie Fungi) but worth it for the taste.
Although the restaurant did not completely fill it is small, the tables are packed closely and so it, naturally, gets noisy. Not a problem for me but not conducive to a quiet, romantic dinner.
I'll be back before I leave Antwerp
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