Nice small place near the city center. (Nevertheless, you might want to check their facebook page if they are open and maybe even get a reservation.)
Insanely friendly service. The owner likes to talk to you about beer and food. The food is relatively cheap and even though the food is rather simple, it is pretty close to perfection. Absolutely lovely place to visit.
A tiny little spot with fresh and nice Italian food. Front of house is managed by a proper beer geek and the bottles and good prices reflect that. Chalk board is a bit hard to read, but he will help you out. With so few options having good beer and food in Brussels, this stands out.
Read SinH4’s review below as we were there together :-)
SinH4 (231) Garching b. München, Germany | April 23, 2017
A tiny and cozy place quite conveniently located. You find excellently prepared Italian food and a wide range of Italian craft beers here, as well as a good (and interesting!) amount of Belgians. The owner serving you is passionate and talkative, and just in the right way. We definitely had a blast here, and the pricing is fair. This is a hidden gem of Brussels, and I am very happy that we took the time to check it out! Jumping into my "must-visit-everytime-I’m-in-Brussels" list - although the opening hours are not the best. Beware, though, that the closing hour of 9:30pm only applies to the kitchen, not to the bar.
Very small but cosy Italian restaurant. Simple food, the way Italian food should be. Just put together a few high quality ingredients, and kaboom. Magic happens. Beer list is rather extensive for such a small place. Will definitely visit again when in Brussels!
After first hearing about this place in Leuven last year upon meeting one of the owners there, and being an amateur of both craft beer and Italian cuisine, I was determined to visit this little restaurant and finally made it there last weekend on a chilly January night. Had a plate of lovely antipasti and a bowl of strozzapreti alla ragù there, both typically ’cucina simplicia’ let’s say, but clearly made with passion, high quality ingredients and a strong attachment to Roman tradition. There is a small open kitchen at the back - where a less grumpy looking chef might have given a bit more welcoming feeling - and small tables in the essentially two joined rooms that make up the restaurant. Toilet was, frankly, hard to find up an unlit stairs and in the restaurant itself, the heating could have been turned up a bit more, as it was freezing outside and pretty chilly inside. The beers are advertized on chalk boards and this is clearly La Tana’s forte: dozens of different ones, some local Belgians (including bottles of Cantillon Lou Pépé Geuze for only 25 €) but, more importantly, a showbill of contemporary Italian craft brewing, with countless beers I never heard of - even from ’birrifici’ that were completely new to me. IPAs, stouts, barleywines and so on - clearly this restaurant has cleverly seen that the hundreds of new Italian breweries present a range of flavors equally - or more - capable of matching with food than wine and this I can only applaud. Valerio was very enthusiastic and could not resist explaining almost every beer we had in sufficient detail - a very pleasant way of introducing people into craft beer indeed; he is without a doubt among the most passionate advocates of the new Italian brewing scene I met so far, and this is completely justified as far as I’m concerned. Prices were very reasonable too. In all: a lovely experience and a must for lovers of Italian food and dito craft beer like myself. I will certainly go back, possibly to the celebration of their birthday in March, where apparently Italian brewers will be invited.
Best pasta I’ve had in a while. One of the two brothers serving us was extremely friendly and talkative (just the right amount). We didn’t get any of the italian beers but they have lots of Cantillon, even seasonals, at very good prices. You wont see that many places. Will definitely be back.