It is one of the most popular spots on the Meent, Guliano. The restaurant opened its doors nine years ago, so it was about time we once went there for a delizioso bite to eat.
And it’s popular for sure, because it’s very crowded when we walk in. At the front there’s a number of people picking up sandwiches (chill!) and inside there’s only one free table left, for us! As the name suggests, Guliano is an Italian restaurant. Daily, you can enjoy a delicious Italian lunch, with a New York-ish twist, here. Of course we were very curious about this special touch, because we all know the ordinary Italian. This New York twist mainly shows in the dishes: flavors from the countryside in Italy melt with the culinary Brooklyn. So it’s Italian food with a special twist.
We quickly into the menu, because.. we have an appetite! Because Guliano is only open for lunch (but with wide opening hours!) there are mainly sandwiches, salads and soups on the menu. The service here is incredibly friendly and fast, because within no time we had our first ordered dishes on the table. We started with soup (zuppa pomodori) and a plate of grilled vegetables. Nothing too heavy, because we wanted to have plenty of room for the sandwiches that everyone had told us about!
The menu is very extensive and that made it hard to choose. To name a few specialties: Ed’s pastrami (after owner Ed, with thinly sliced beef, red onion, provolone cheese and horseradish mayonnaise), the Truffle Burger (a burger with summer truffle, crispy ham, buffalo mozzarella and truffle mayonnaise) and the Nero Malto (buffalo mozzarella, parmesan cheese, arugula, sundried tomatoes and pesto). Ultimately we choose, with a little help, for the Classico (mozzarella, red onion confit, sundried tomatoes and pesto mayonnaise) and the Sanoce (toasted ciabatta bread, hummus, grilled zucchini, walnuts, arugula and basil). And these aren’t just ordinary sandwiches, they were real-ly good! With every dish on the menu, there’s a wine suggestion, so of course we ordered that as well. An absolute recommendation, because they obviously thought about it! Also worth mentioning: with each dish, it’s immediately clear whether it’s vegetarian or with meat/ fish, that’s especially handy for vegetarians and vegans among us. By the way, there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options on the menu!
The inspiration for the interior comes primarily from the Italian city Venice and, of course, partly from New York. The many lights that hang from the ceiling, the wall art, the colorful plants, the bottles of wine and the numerous Italian books provide, together with the staff, a warm ambience. And that was certainly very pleasant on this rainy day, because for a moment, we felt like we were in a warm city. The kitchen, located on the front of the restaurant is partly open, so we could watch them work a little bit. The staff already works together for years and this shows: they are fully adapted to each other and everything is done here with a laugh.
You can go here every day of the week, but keep in mind that this hugely popular restaurant – especially between 12 and 3 – might not immediately have a spot for you. Unfortunately, you can’t make a reservation, but trust us, it’s worth the wait! While you are waiting (don’t worry, there will be a table available soon!) you can enjoy the Italian ambiance and you have the possibility to buy some of the beloved chocolate balls and truffle mayonnaise. If you really don’t have time for this, you can also go for takeout.
Do you feel like having an overwhelmingly delicious Italian lunch? Then you should absolutely go to Guliano. In the upcoming summer months, they also have a spacious terrace at the front, so there’s only one thing left to say: Buon appetito!
Address: Meent 31A
Opening hours: Sunday + Monday: 12pm – 5pm | Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 5pm