If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know I love food but don’t necessarily love cooking. By the time Thursday comes around, I’m really not in the mood to make dinner. So last night pizza sounded like a good idea. There are tons of places in Brussels to go for a pie but we were in the mood for something a bit more interesting than your average margherita. Thankfully Brussels now has a few alternative options for pizza.
Mamma Roma is of course at the top of many people’s list. What started out as a small pizza joint at Flagey seven years ago has grown to four locations and the go-to-place for many in need of well-made, flavorful pizza. One of their signatures is the potato and truffle, but I’m partial to spinach and ricotta or mushroom.
The price is just right – expect to pay around €10 for a few pieces and a glass of wine – and you can either carry-out or eat in. While the original spot makes for a convenient stop, my favorite is the one in Jourdan, which usually has shorter lines. Other locations include Châtelain and Boondael, with more on the way.
37 Place Jourdan, 1040 Etterbeek
Tel: +32 2 640 69 40
Open: Sunday to Thursday 12-11pm, Friday to Saturday 12pm-12am
There’s a new kid on the (pizza) block in Brussels. Papillon Pizza by Chef, located near Châtelain, offers ‘gourmet’ pizza creations in little snack sized squares. The idea comes from well-known Belgian chefs who wanted to test their skills on something as simple as pizza using unique ingredients and combinations. The result is delicious. I had never tried Papillon before yesterday so ordered a sampling from the menu to take home.
The waiter recommended three squares (10x10cm, around €4 each) per person so I had six options to taste. My favorite, surprisingly, was Purple, a wonderful mix of caramelized onions and red cabbage, bacon, mozzarella and BBQ sauce. I’ll definitely go back and maybe eat in to give the unusal swing-style seats a try. They also have hamburgers and salads on the menu.
91 Rue Americaine, 1050 Ixelles
Tel: +32 2 539 05 10
Open: Tuesday to Friday, 12-3pm, 6-11pm, Saturday 12-11pm
One more option if you happen to find yourself at Place Luxembourg with no dinner plans is Pizza Bar. This is the closest Brussels gets to the traditional New York City ‘slice’. Although they won’t win any awards for originality, this place offers pretty good basic pizza served quickly, which you can eat at one of the small tables or take with you on your way back to the bar.
66 Rue du Luxembourg, 1000 Brussels
Images via Mamma Roma, Papillon and Yelp.