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A slice of Puglia in West Brussels TEXT: TIM CAMPBELL | PHOTOS: L’APPUNTAMENTO
In the quaint village of Groot Bijgaarden, in a shy corner of West Brussels, sits a little piece of Southern Italy. Providing authentic Italian dishes from Puglia, this cosy 70-seat modern restaurant continues to serve some of the best Italian food in Brussels. The owner Antonio Panizza, and his co-owners, are passionately involved in their restaurant. “At L’Appuntamento, cooking has become a form of art,” states Panizza. The team aim to surpass guest’s expectations daily by turning out succulent dishes with fresh meats from nearby farms and organic produce grown locally. Serving up Italian staples such as salads, 15 types of pizza, Osso bucco and a dizzying amount of different pasta dishes, their customer age group varies from three to 83 years old. The attractive terrace garden is an ideal spot when the weather is fine, but the big draw of this casual dining experience is in 22 | Issue 51 | March 2018
the spring and summer when the flowers bloom. Aromas from the garden match those from the kitchen providing guests with an olfactory overload. In the cooler evenings there are heaters to keep customers warm. The centre piece of the garden is its fountain. During the day diners can have an almost zen-like experience in this tranquil haven eating lunch among flowing water and sunshine. For dinner, the terrace transforms once again; subdued lighting gives guests the feeling of eating in an Italian fairyland on the shores of the Adriatic. The chef, who trained in Italy, changes the menu several times per year. Discerning customers can enjoy delicious main courses such as filet mignon, escalope Milanese, saltimbocca, fresh tagliatelle with lobster and fresh scampi with mushrooms. Traditional appetisers include buffalo mozzarella and beef or salmon
carpaccio. Desserts include the perennially popular tiramisu and panna cotta. The restaurant’s wines and spirits are selectively chosen. Favourites such as chianti, negramaro and primitivo sit side by side with classic aperitifs such as aperol and digestifs including grappa, limoncello and sambuca. Having opened in the spring of 2012, L’Appuntamento is coming up to its sixth anniversary.
Celebrate your next special event at L’Appuntamento. Pre-book early via the website at www.lappuntamento.be
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