Wednesday, August 10, 2016

"Sicilierie": traditional Sicilian food in the heart of Brussels


My beautiful foodies,
few weeks ago I was lucky enough to visit the heart of Europe, in particular Belgium and  the lovely city of Brussels, and, among the delicious Belgian products I tried, I bumped into a proper Sicilian deli in the centre of the capital. Obviously I cannot tell you how excited I was. Ahah!

The place is called << Sicilian delicatessen from Italy >> and offers the most exquisite and typical products of our homeland.

The almond and pistachio
traditional Sicilian cookies
Not only the renowned arancine/i and other rotisserie pieces, but also expressed pasta and salads, fresh patisserie with the world famous cannoli and the pistachio and almond's traditional cookies (pic on the left).

Besides the prepared food, you can also shop there for Sicilian products and ingredients, such as local cheese and salami, pistachio's pesto and other pasta seasoning, the eggplant/aubergine caponata and a lot more. 


I tried the pistachio arancina, a lovely summery salads made of barley, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese and of course the cookies in the pic here on the left, which literally melted in my mouth. One of the most divine sweets ever!

Manager Antonio and me
Sicilierie opened its doors less almost three months ago and I succeeded in having a chat with both the manager Antonio, here on the right with me, and one of the owners, Mr Claudio Angiolucci from Acireale (Ct).

They told me they decided to choose Brussels for their business as more suitable, not only for the excellent location of the city but also for its openess to different peoples and cuisines, thanks to numerous tourists, but above all to the great benefits of having the European Parliament and other international offices located in the capital.

This great idea, now put into practice, is the result of "a brilliant sinergy among different people that decided to take a risk and go for it: 2 chefs, 4 entrepreneurs and an expert of International business and finance" says Mr. Claudio.

The place is very refined, in bright colors, white furniture and there is a relaxing atmosphere thanks to the friendly staff and owners. You can find SICILIERIE in
Rue de l'Ecuyer 63/65, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium.
 
I personally would like to thank all the people I talked to: from owner Claudio to manager Antonio, from chef Rosalia to lovely waitress Andrea, for being so helpful and make me and my friend Elisa feel at home and really really welcome.
GRAZIE DI CUORE!


So... please if you happen to visit Brussels don't hesitate to plan a visit for lunch or simply for a snack in this cosy place to taste and breathe Sicily, even if you are in the heart of Europe!

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