Don’t you love dinners where the number of guests grows exponentially as the evening gets started?
What started out as a catch up with the Senator & Mr Draper, then included respective significant others and friends… and soon – we went from 3 to 4 to 5 to 6 people… (at which point I felt it was necessary to make a reservation… not because I thought the place would be crazy busy, but because I know how difficult it can be to facilitate a table of 6 on short notice at 8pm …. even if it is a Tuesday evening)
However – I digress…
We landed up at Il Nobile (at the Senators suggestion) – which had also strangely enough been a restaurant that a colleague of mine had been raving about a few days before (coincidence????) and she had RAVED about their pizza’s … so my menu choice was essentially made before I even sat down!
We were greeted at the door and shown to our table inside (we might have been the only table inside – as everyone else choose to sit on the sidewalk terrace… but there wasn’t a table big enough (and available) to accommodate us out there) – the interior is what I would term as “Belgian Brasserie” – with wooden panelled walls, funky 1950’s lighting and no-nonsense table decor – as in – wooden table (no table-cloth), paper serviette & cutlery and the bare basics (nothing wrong with that!)…and my personal favourite – some pretty cool wall decorations (I loved the “Mamma Mia” picture & the glass inlay wall decor)
We ordered 3 plates from the ENTRATE FREDDI/ENTRATE CALDI/INSALATE section of the menu (aka starters) – BRUSCHETTA DELLA CASA € 5,90 (FRESH TOMATOES, PESTO, AND PARMESAN ON BRUSCHETTA); CALAMARI FRITTI CON AIOLI € 7,90 (ROMAN STYLE CALAMARI WITH AIOLI) and INSALATA CAPRESE € 8,50 (MOZZARELLA, FRESH TOMATOES, AND ROCKET) – all 3 were delicious & repeat order worthy!
5 pizza’s & a calzone were ordered… Sadly, the Calzone turned out to be a BIG disappointment (undercooked, cold in the centre and just a general ” blegh” consensus)… BUT the pizza’s were great!!! And of course, when you get to watch the pizza-man actually making them… you basically know that you are getting quality (with a capital K! :))
Mr Draper & I both ordered the GUSTOSA € 13,00 (TOMATO SAUCE, MOZZARELLA, MASCARPONE, BRESAOLA, TRUFFLE OIL) – which was BY FAR the best pizza at the table… and a single point of advice would be to add a good crack of black pepper to bring all those tastes together – especially the sweet & creamy Mascarpone with the salty bresaola (which if you didn’t know – is a type of cured beef which has been sliced very thinly) *WINNER*
HIM ordered the QUATTRO FORMAGGI € 12,50 (TOMATO SAUCE, MOZZARELLA, TALEGGIO, GORGONZOLA, PARMESAN) which he proclaimed as “quite good” (which is high praise from him indeed), the Senator ordered the VENEZIA € 10,90 (TOMATO SAUCE, MOZZARELLA, ONION, EGG) & declared that it was delicious, and Sas got a VEGETARIANA € 12,50 (which looked beautiful, but didn’t stack up as well in terms of flavour to the Gustosa)
Would I go back? Definitely… it is in walking distance from our home, tasty & reasonably priced and the staff were fantastically amusing!!! And they have a terrace out the back (not to mention having set up a side-walk terrace in the front)
address: Place Fernand Cocq 24, 1050 Ixelles, Brussels, BELGIUM
telephone: +32 2 540 8077