Brussel’s Little Italy: Part IV – Delizie Della Mamma

This restaurant looks quite simple from the outside and on the inside as well: simple chairs, red and white checked tablecloths not too many decorations. When my friend Thilo and I arrived here rather spontaneously on a Tuesday evening, we didn’t have any difficulties getting a table. So we sat just next to the kitchen and a young Italian lady brought us the menu. It’s not a long menu; there are some antipasti (starters), a bunch of pasta dishes, desserts and of course wine. For those of you looking for more than that, just on the opposite side of the street there is their sister restaurant, which is fancier, bigger and has more options to chose from on the menu. But that wasn’t what we were looking for that evening, so we were more than happy with our choice.

We both ordered a glass of house wine, Thilo a red, me a white and we decided to share rigatoni with salsiccia -a special Italian sausage- and almonds and a plate of ravioli salvia e burro. The pasta is fresh, homemade, cooked al dente and the combination of ingredients was perfectly matching and very tasty. Especially the rigatoni with salsiccia and almonds surprised me in its taste: creamy, a bit spicy and a bit crunchy because of the almonds.

Their portions are quite fair and probably enough for one person, but somehow Thilo and I were craving for more pasta. Not really because we were still hungry, rather out of appetite. So we decided to share another portion of tagliatelle al ragù. A very good decision, because also this dish was very delicious.

In terms of atmosphere, this place is rather a bit sleepy I’d say, but perfect for a relaxed evening. If you’re looking for more action, then maybe you should head over to Osteria Bolognese, on which I wrote a review two weeks ago.


Prices: 15-20€ for a dish and a glass of wine

Good to know: Delizie della Mamma, Rue Saint-Boniface 36, 1050 Ixelles