The Best Italian Restaurants in Brussels

Nonas pizza oven
Nona's pizza oven | © Nona
Tom Coggins

Brussels has more than its fair share of excellent international restaurants including some truly awesome Italian eateries, ranging from authentic pizzerias with full-scale wood ovens to high-end, Michelin starred establishments. So, if you’re looking for tasty pasta, crispy panini or Neapolitan style pizza, make sure to read on and discover the best places to chow down on Italian food in the Belgian capital.

1. Nona

Pizzeria, Italian

Nona in the morning
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Nona’s kitchen features a full-scale, wood burning oven which the restaurant’s team uses to make authentic Neapolitan style pizzas. The restaurant’s menu is deliberately modest, but nonetheless includes many classic type of pizzas, that are all made from fresh, organic ingredients produced by Belgium farmers.

2. Foro Romano

Restaurant, Italian

A dish at Senzanome
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A married couple called Gianfranco and Aline run this charming Italian restaurant in Brussels’ historic Leopold Quarter. The restaurant’s menu includes several classic, Italian seafood dishes such as tartare di salmone or insalata di polpo marinate as well as many other well-balanced items.

3. Barbanera

Restaurant, Italian

Barbanera is housed inside a magnificent, late 20th-century urban mansion on Brussels’ bustling Rue Archimède. The restaurant changes its menu every week in order to accommodate seasonal produce and always serves a refined selection of Italian delicacies.

5. Le Buone Maniere

Restaurant, Italian

Le Buone Maniere easily ranks among the classiest restaurants in Brussels and makes dishes that equally draw upon traditional Italian cooking and modern, European gastronomy. The restaurant has two, elegant dining rooms and an absolutely stunning terrace.

6. Gazetta

Cafe, Deli, Restaurant, Italian

This cosy café and delicatessen is located around midway between le Bois de la Cambre park and Brussel’s historic stock-exchange, La Bourse. Aside from coffee and panini, Gazetta also serves a mouthwatering selection of homemade pastas and keeps an impressive selection of Italian wine behind its bar.

7. Osteria Bolgnese

Bistro, Deli, Restaurant, Italian

Osteria Bolognese
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As its name suggests, this restaurant on Rue de la Paix bases its menu around dishes that originated in the city of Bologna. The restaurant imports many ingredients straight from Bologna including fresh pasta, cured meat and other regional delicacies.

8. Spago

Restaurant, Italian

This trendy restaurant serves many mouthwatering dishes that are based on traditional Italian recipes. Even though the restaurant’s menu mainly centre around classic staples, their chefs have slightly altered these dishes in order to keep them up-to-date with contemporary developments within gastronomy. Spago also has an incredible wine list and serves most bottles by the glass.
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