01Chocolatier Guido Gobino is housed in a listed building with the signage of a previous owner still in place
05Preparing a Grom cone
06Antipasti at Tre Galline
07Casa del Barrolo
09Gianduja chocolate at Guido Gobino
10Cheese trolley at Tre Galline
11Exterior of Gertosio
Best in show – Belgian beer
A Belgian beer held in the highest regard hails from the monks of the Sint-Sixtus brewery in the hamlet of Westvleteren. “We brew to be able to live, we don’t live to brew, and we keep production very small-scale,” says monk Manu.
The abbey produces three Trappist beers, of which the 12˚ is the most popular – it should be drunk, like red wine, at room temperature. Only for sale at the abbey at certain times of the year (whenever the monks need to raise some money), sales are limited to one case per registered car and have to be ordered in advance.
The only official bar in the world where you can drink Sint-Sixtus beer is In De Vrede (translation: In Peace), the unfussy tavern next to the Abbey. Score a seat outside and also try some bread with hennepot – a local speciality of cold chicken, veal and rabbit – or the ice cream made with Trappist beer.
Three famous Belgians:
01: Westmalle Triple: A golden, spicy Trappist ale from the Westmalle brewery.
02: 3 Fonteinen Millennium Geuze: A true lambic beer with a cidery taste.
03: Sint-Bernardus Witbier: A hazy, wheaty white beer voted by Belgian beer connoisseurs as No 1.