Arrikiiati Restaurant (Antwerp)

© Arrikiiati

  • Date
  • share

Near the red lights of the Schipperskwartier, French sommelier Delphine Worms and Italian chef Giorgio Longo have opened the most beautiful Belgian-Catanese canteen around. Behind the blue door of Arrikiiati (“enjoy your meal” in the Sicilian dialect), bread baskets and handmade ceramics by Anne-Marie Peeters add a contemporary touch to the 50s-accented decor. Working alone in his miniature kitchen, Giorgio (trained under the watchful eye of Michel Bras, among others) whips up a precise menu that’s local and organic, and is fully plant-based in summer, oriented towards fish in winter: antipasti featuring leeks, vongole with trout and herring roe and a sorrel jus, followed by North Sea gurnard alla messinese with a tomato caper and olive sauce; monkfish tartare in a zingy citron and clementine vinaigrette; and spaghetti alla chitarra, snubbing the bolognaise for a sea-faring ragù. Where’s Antwerp’s best secret hideout? Here! // Kiko Zushi

FEELING THIRSTY? Delphine (ex-Dôme, during the Chabert years) is a shrewd sommelier, serving up the most apt wines: Salisire 2014, an Etna white from Tenuta Vivera (€50 a bottle), and Pithos Rosso, a Nero-d’Avola from Azienda Agricola Cos (€65), as well as house cocktails (Jealous Mary at €13.50, Etnaspritz at €12.50), Cabardouche beer (€7.50 for 330 ml), and Tomarchio Sicilian lemonade (€4.50).

PRICE: Menus €34-41 (lunch) and €72 (dinner).

Save this spot in the Fooding app, available on iOS! Download it now in the app store.

The Belgium Guide 2024 is out of the oven!

Discover the latest selection of the Kingdom’s 350 best addresses (restaurants, bars, cellars, shops and bedrooms), an award’s list celebrating this year’s favorite spots, and a magazine section featuring « Belgium Underground » exploring the margins of the food world, its hidden stories and some of its most taboo subjects.

2024 Le Fooding Belgium guide frontcover
I want it!

Le Fooding is a print and digital guide to all the restaurants, chefs, bars, stylish hotels and B&Bs that make up the “taste of the times,” plus an annual awards list for new establishments across France, a series of gastronomic events, a tool that allow you to make reservations at some fantastic bistros, and an agency specialized in event planning, content production and consulting… And after conquering France, Belgium is Le Fooding guide’s latest playground!

Fooding® is a registered trademark.