Luxembourg / La Briscola: an Italian game in Luxembourg
Briscola is a popular Italian card game.
Known from north to south, it has been responsible for breaking long-term friendships as well as bonding the relationship granddad - grandchild even tighter. Indeed, if from one side, not serving the right card when playing in couple - in the version of the game with 4 players - is considered as bad as finding your best friend in bed with your wife, briscola is also the game that every single Italian learns directly from the oldest members of the family.
Briscola is as well synonymous of community. Despite the average age of the players is usually 70+ and regardless it is played inside an old bar in Italy, or under the shadow of a tree in a park, the game always ends up with a small group of curious waiting for the moment one of the players will energetically slap the card on the table screaming ‘briscola’!
La Briscola, in Luxembourg, is a restaurant in rue Rue d'Épernay, straight in front of the central station.
The menu satisfy the canons of ‘traditionalism’ that accompany the choice of its name, taking full inspiration from the classical dishes of the Italian cuisine, with a preference for Piedmont and Lazio. At the same time, the playful spirit prevails in the choice of the 4 young owners to make this trattoria an attractive place for the local community of expats, with a line up of aggregating activities and aperitifs spread along the year.
As 5 are the most important cards of the game, from the 2 points of the woman to the 13 of the ace, the 4 owners have already served (‘calato’) 3 of them, changing 3 chefs since the beginning of the adventure in the search for a more genuine and passionate cuisine: the first one, original at traits but weak in execution, the second one, talented but inconstant, and finally the third one, Alessandro, a humble and young big guy raised in the kitchen of his uncle’s restaurant, ‘jumping’ pasta and frying fish.
Have the four found their ace?
It’s early to say but the homemade gnocchi with truffle-flavored ragout are definitively worth a visit... Even better if followed by some fried squid (the guy knows how to handle hot oil) and the wine recommendations of Andrea.