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Canto 21

Rue Leys 56, Brussels 1000, Belgium
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Ranked #163 of 2,215 restaurants in Brussels
Cuisines: Italian
Most recent review
- Mar 5, 2014
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
Brussels, Belgium
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

I absolutely advise to try this tiny restaurant. I ate a wonderful tagliata with potatoes and salad drinking a glass of Chianti. My friend took tortelli del contadino, a brave combination among goat cheese, honey and pears. The result? excellent! Everything looks like homemade and the quality of the products is outstanding. I love this place, but don't expect to... More

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Brussels, Belgium
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

If you're looking for a incredible but simple Italian meal, that's the place! Cristina will offer you the best homemade sandwiches you could find in Belgium, (only with Italians ingredients!) and Valerio will cook amazing pasta and risotto for all tastes... Tuscany in your mouth, and a big smile when you leave!

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

We visited Brussels the previous month for short holidays. As good trip planners, we had a few places written for good food and local food mostly. The plans changed when we met Cristina at a bistro/pub for her break out of the week. Sitting next tables we started chatting and ended up being invited at her restaurant for the next... More

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Ipswich
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Stuck in a restaurant less hotel and found this place via trip advisor. It really is a little difficult to find as it does look like a deli from the outside. Didn't get there until quarter to 9 but had a huge bowl of Gorgonzola penne Pasta cooked to perfection, sauce was a great creamy blue cheese balance with Parmesan... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

First of all, let me tell you that this place is very very small. I saw 2 small tables inside and there was one small table outside. It is a short (~10 minute) walk from the Merode Metro Station. We planned our afternoon so that we could walk around Jubelpark and then proceed to Canto 21. The restaurant is so... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

If you work around Merode, having a good lunch for a reasonable price is hard. But Canto21 is just the best place where you can eat, especially pastas. Try their tortelli del contadino. Most of what they have is made in house and I would recommend to take away also some of their imported cold cuts from tuscany. They built... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

This place is a real find. I'm nearly tempted to not say how good it is for fear it'll be overrun with customers and I'll never get a seat! In saying that, the food is so great and reasonably priced, I would happily take it home or to the Parc and enjoy a taste of Tuscany there. But then I'd... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

I got to know this place through a colleague at work who recommended it for lunch in the few months that I was working in Brussles. Since then I tried it 5-6 times and everytime the food was absolutely delicious. The ingredients directly come from Italy and are at display in a small glass vitrine under the counter. I think... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

An Italian in the hospitality industry (with the highest standards) recommended this place to me a year ago. It is like a small piece of Italy on Belgian soil. Amazing fresh ingredients (the counter full of Italian meats and cheeses is amazing) -- you cannot get sandwiches like this anywhere ... Italian bread, beautifully marinated veg, Italian meats and cheeses... More

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Brussels
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

Though tucked away on a small street close to the Cinquantenaire Park in the Schuman/Merode area of Brussels, this gem provides heart and home to all and any who frequent it. Daily specials are consistantly delicious, freshly made pasta and sauces served by two welcoming and lovely hosts. I ate there last night, and had a delicious chicken pizaola -... More

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