"This is how our typical Italo-Belga kitchen originated: we are not a typical Italian, but rather a Mediterranean-European restaurant where you can eat a good steak, a good sole, but also tasty pasta, a tagliata, you name it.”
Until 2010 the restaurant remained in the hands of the parents of Nicola. "In that year I took over the business together with my wife Evi, and that went in a typical father-to-son way: the story of a close family, with the logical ups and downs. You have different visions, someone is just starting and the other must leave ... It's almost like a relay race,” laughs Nicola. "But actually it all went rather well, my father is now retired for two years. When we took over the business, he was still active here, but after a transitional period he took a step back."
When we ask Nicola about the key to the success of his business, the answer comes right away: “Always be present, take good care of your staff and customers.” Ofcourse that’s all easier said than done. Nicola explains how he sees it:”We are a family business, but we don’t have a big family at all. This means we have to work with a staff of 15 people. At the same time we try to keep the atmosphere family-like. I see the staff more than my wife and children. Finding a good balance betwee familiarity, friendship and being ’strict’ is really difficult. However, in my opinion, it’s what gives the best result in the long term. It’s also something I inherited from my parents. I saw how my mom and dad dealt with their staff. My father was much stricter, almost like the chefs on TV,” laughs Nicola.