Good food, missing spark: Divino, Cloche D’Or, Luxembourg

I have been a client at Vinissimo shop since they were still located in Livange and now they opened the door in the huge premise of Cloche D’Or is almost a weekly appointment for charcuterie, cheese and wine tasting.

Before holidays, I had a very nice lunch at the restaurant in their premise (Divino) with Patricia, so I was really excited when my friend Anna told me she booked there for one of our usual dinners.

Unfortunately, even if the food was (almost) great, I did not like so much the place in the dinner atmosphere – later I will explain why.

We shared a charcuterie platter and, as main, I went for gnocchi with gorgonzola cheese while Anna had a pizza.
We drank a Nebbiolo Gattinara 2008 and concluded with coffee and a digestif made with red Oranges.

After the picture you will find my impressions about the dinner.
    
Things I loved about Divino:

  • Charcuterie is unbeatable. The small platter was actually huge and the selection very interesting (lardo di Colonnata, liver salami, crudo ham, mortadella and focaccia).
  • Service is great. Waiters are available, smiling, always on side. Wine was decanted and we never had empty glasses.

Things I liked a bit less about Divino:

  • The location is not impressive. While at lunch time it might appear good to eat in the middle of a shop, during the evening lights are too strong and tables really too close – our neighbors were less than one hand from us.
  • The food missed the spark. My gnocchi were one of the plainest dish I had in a long time. I appreciated  they were really home-made (first place in Luxembourg probably), but were totally missing taste. Anna’s pizza was very disappointing – and the charcuterie or cheese you can order with the pizza are on side not on top.

In conclusion: Divino is a very good alternative for an upgraded lunch if you are in Gasperich or want to go out from the busy center (huge parking available). The mixed charcuterie and cheese platters are exceptional and you can combine them with great wines. I would anyway not come back for a proper dinner as spaces is too small, lack of atmosphere and not all the food options are remarkable (avoid the gnocchi and the pizza, go for Paccheri with Rabbit ).

Sunday dinner at “La Veranda”, Luxembourg

Since hubby has started to work again with busy schedule during week-ends, the only night we can actually have a proper dinner out is Sunday.

Before my business trip to Amsterdam, we decided to spoil ourselves with some truly Italian food and we went for “La Veranda” restaurant in Howald.

We had some starters (charcuterie, cheese, pizza) and then, as main, I had grilled meat and hubby went for lamb. We accompanied it with a bottle of Tuscan wine from Bolgheri, a lovely one.

See the pictures of our night and find after some impressions about the dinner and the restaurant.

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Things I loved about dining at La Veranda:

– Food was definitely outstanding quality: I loved the cheese and the pizza was yummy. My main course included lamb, entrecote, beef filet and sausages. Everything was very good, special mention to the entrecote that was just perfect, thin and soft.

– Portions are huge but the quality is so great you can arrive at the end of a glorious dinner like ours without feeling sick.

– Service was also extremely fine: attentive and available for suggestions and clarifications about the origin of the productions and the dishes composition. Not very common in Luxembourg.

Things I liked a bit less:

– The interiors are a bit dated and old fashion and the terrace is overlooking Route de Thionville that is definitely not a fancy view.

– If you are choosing a good wine and meat/fish main and you add up some dessert and digestives, the bill is growing pretty fast.

In conclusion, I definitely enjoyed our dinner at “La Veranda”, it is a good place for an informal dinner with friends and family and, even if the surroundings are not fancy, it is definitely worth a visit.