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We love Italian food and that’s why our eye felt on Brasserie Capriani Antwerpen on the outskirts of the harbour of Antwerp, or as the locals like to call it ‘Het Eilandje’ (which means: the small island). When arriving at the restaurant entrance, it immediately becomes clear. This is not your regular Italian restaurant but a modern, stylistic turn on the land of La Dolce Vita. Inside it looks light and white with colourful accents that set a vibrant, lively mood. The orange seats with elbow-rests in dark wood even give it an elegant vintage touch. The view through the transparent kitchen wall shows that these guys have no secrets for the hungry visitor. Time for a visit.
Seated at a cosy table, we are immediately greeted by a serviceable waiter who proposes us a menu and a choice of specials of the day. Italy equals prosecco but we enjoy a little guilty pleasure with a light sparkling Lambrusco Grasparossa doc Ermete Medici to stir up our appetite. This cool served wine guarantees a lovely start of our dining experience since this Lambrusco is a very qualitative specimen which is not common in the amalgam of Lambrusco wines that are produced nowadays. On the other side: (lightly) sparkling Lambrusco wines are often under-appreciated and we think that this is an absolute shame.
As a starter we get a perfectly prepared Vitello Tonato, cooked veal with a rich and creamy tuna and caper sauce. The veal looks nice and pink in the middle but not undercooked which is a condition sine qua non for a good Vitello Tonato. A very tasty dish. The main course, Ravioli con coquille St-Jacques, scampi & curry, pleases the eye and the taste buds. Call it a fusion dish in contrary to more traditional dishes such as, let’s say spaghetti vongole. Scallops: tasty and juicy. Scampi: just right. Pasta: cooked al dente. Curry sauce: full of taste but a little bit hefty. But hey, that’s a matter of taste. Some like opulent sauces, we prefer the lighter versions. All by all, a very pleasing dish with a twist. A nice glass of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Sogno di Uliss (red) forms a pleasant accompaniment for this creamy pasta dish. We skip dessert, of which there are plenty to choose from, and instead go for a cafe americano while nibbling from a scrumptious, mini-piece of tiramisu (courtesy of the amiable waiter because we where that curious) and found our way outside after paying a more than reasonable bill. Looking for a trendy Italian restaurant in Antwerp with a more than extensive menu, qualitative cuisine, and a warm and hospitable atmosphere in an elegant setting ? Look no further because Brasserie Capriani Antwerpen is the place to go.