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Review: La Barchetta Italian Restaurant in Brussels Belgium

By - March 5, 2019

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If you’re looking for a family-friendly Italian restaurant in Brussels, Belgium, consider La Barchetta. Monika reviews the pizza and classic Italian dishes at this popular family restaurant in Stockel.If you’re looking for a family-friendly Italian restaurant in Brussels, Belgium, consider La Barchetta. Monika reviews the pizza and classic Italian dishes at this popular family restaurant in Stockel.

We moved from the Brussels neighbourhood of  Uccle to Stockel last year, and this provided the perfect opportunity for a foodie like me to explore the area.

Stockel is a pleasant family neighbourhood with plenty of shops, restaurants, boutiques and other essentials too. I always like to explore new areas, particularly on foot. It helps me discover new shops, restaurants, meet people, and generally get to know the neighbourhood in a better way.

A friend introduced me to an Italian restaurant called La Barchetta near Stockel.  I passed this restaurant many times but didn’t realise it has a nice expansive area inside, especially for families, and they are welcoming to kids.

A Family-Friendly Welcome at La Barchetta restaurant in Brussels, Belgium

A Family-Friendly Welcome at La Barchetta restaurant in Brussels, Belgium

I quite like La Barchetta’s interior; casual but still welcoming in its own charming way. The restaurant even has a small boat which holds wine bottles, glasses and crockery. Not to mention, there is a bar-esque area at the entrance of the restaurant.

A well-stocked bar at La Barchetta in Stockel, Brussels.

A well-stocked bar at La Barchetta in Stockel, Brussels.

All aboard the wine-boat at La Barchetta.

All aboard the wine-boat at La Barchetta.

I have visited La Barchetta twice in the past six months. The first time, I went with my friend and enjoyed a meal with some much-needed girl-time.

I ordered the house white wine which was an excellent accompaniment to my spaghetti Bolognese. I usually order this classic at an Italian restaurant and expect a thick meaty sauce with great depth of flavours.  By the time the dish arrived, I was quite hopeful. Unfortunately, when it was served at La Barchetta, it fell a few notches below my expectation.

A good Spaghetti Bolognese requires a perfect marriage of the sauce and pasta. In this case, they were married but were not looking eye to eye. The other pasta dish, penne in a mushroom sauce, which they customized for my friend was pretty flavourful and had the right consistency too.

Spaghetti Bolognese at La Barchetta restaurant.

Spaghetti Bolognese at La Barchetta restaurant.

Penne with mushroom sauce

Penne with mushroom sauce

The next time, I dined at La Barchetta with my other half, and my six-year-old, especially important if you need to try a restaurant’s pizza. We ordered the Pizza Jambon. Since this pizza has so few toppings, the essentials of pizza making are put to the test.

This time, the restaurant did not falter and delivered a good pizza.  I realized La Barchetta is extremely popular for its pizza as I saw many pizzas being prepared for home delivery.

I also ordered an Aubergine Parmigiana; a dish for which I could travel to Italy too. The Mediterranean tomatoes there add a distinctive flavour which is practically impossible to recreate here in Western Europe. Despite these limitations, La Barchetta served a nice Aubergine Parmigiana with the aubergine still having a bit of bite and soaking in the flavours well.

Aubergine Parmigiana

Aubergine Parmigiana

A perfect pizza in Brussels at La Barchetta, Stockel

A perfect pizza in Brussels at La Barchetta, Stockel

La Barchetta is the kind of restaurant where you would be immediately recognized if you have visited a couple of times. The service is attentive and warm, without being overfriendly. I saw tables with families sitting around and enjoying their pizzas. The restaurant seemed busy, even on a weekday which is always a good sign the food is fresh, and you should probably have a reservation.

Finally the most important question – would I go to La Barchetta again? Yes, for the ambience and the pizza!

Looking for more great restaurants in Brussels? Don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to the Best Restaurants in Brussels, Belgium.

La Barchetta
Rue de l’Eglise 92,
Woluwe Saint Pierre 1150

Rating:
Ambience: 7
Service: 7
Food: 6
Bang for the buck: 7

If you’re looking for a family-friendly Italian restaurant in Brussels, Belgium, consider La Barchetta. Monika reviews the pizza and classic Italian dishes at this popular family restaurant in Stockel.

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Monika

Monika Lamba Saini is an Indian expat, in Brussels, with her husband and an amiable, energetic toddler. Trained as a doctor and specialised as a pathologist, cancer research brought her to Brussels. When she is not working on molecular profiling of different types of thyroid carcinomas, she likes to cook, read and listen to music. Her favourite part of the day is definitely the time spent with the family. She is the author, co-author and peer reviewer of many national and international scientific publications. She is an avid foodie, loves to travel, explore new places, new cultures and also loves to write about them!
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