We were invited to attend the opening of an art exhibition in the center of Schoten on a Friday evening. Not happy with some chips and cheap wines on a Friday evening we decided to look for a cosy, not to expensive restaurant. You'll encounter a number of restaurants, brasseries and café's in the Paalstraat, but "Pane e vino" got our attention. The kitchen was not closed at 21:20 HR and that was already a +
The interior is really what I would expect from an Italian albergo or trattoria. A little over the top but charming after all, a little bit like the owner some may say. He was actually playing live piano, rather funny and not disturbing at all, even when sitting nearby the musician.
But what about the food and drinks? Well we were happy with 1 pasta con vongole and 1 pasta con tartufi, both generously served with the expected ingredients. And both dishes were not drowned in sauce, which is often a disaster... Well done chef! The house wine was a gentle chianti, which was honest from a quality price point of view.
We were happy and left with a recommendation from the owner: "Go and visit my brother in Mortsel who started a restaurant at Kasteel Cantecroy" We'll do! and ask for the free aperitivo. Grazie!
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