By the end of our 7-week stay in Belgium, we were starting to live more like normal people, wanting to eat a variety of food. This was in stark contrast to our first few weeks there, where it felt like every meal we were seeking out moules frites, Belgian waffles, traditional Belgium “pubs”, and Belgian chocolate.
Brussels, being the capital of the European Union, is actually quite international and offers quality food from around the world. We were quite impressed with the authentic Neapolitan style pizza from Nona.
We ate at Nona just days before Brussels would go into lockdown. We honestly had no idea at the time that the COVID situation in Europe was worsening so quickly.
In hindsight, I am very thankful we did not get sick during that time. Although I did wear my mask while taking the train to London and back, we did not wear masks while going about normal life in Brussels, since there was no concept of mask-wearing at all in Brussels at that time.
Nona is very popular, and we were only able to get a seat because we showed up before 7PM. By the time 7PM rolled around, all the seats were full, and people were waiting in line at the door.
Seasonal Organic Ingredients
Nona makes pizzas in a traditional Italian wood-fired oven using only organic ingredients from Belgian farmers. They claim to be “obsessed with ingredients” and only use seasonal ingredients from local farms, everything down to “even the basil leaves.”
If I lived locally, I could easily see this as a place that I would frequent on a regular basis. The pizza is good, the ingredients are fresh, and overall we really enjoyed our time there.
It’s not Belgian food at all, but if you’re visiting and want quality, authentic Neapolitan pizza that’s pretty healthy, this is a great option.
During this COVID season, the restaurant offers take-away (of course, it’s pizza!), but is also selling pasta kits that people can cook at home.
Nona Pizza Brussels
Rue Sainte-Catherine 17-19, 1000 Brussels (Pizza)
Rue Sainte-Catherine 7, 1000 Brussels (Pasta)