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Emily: the tailor-made restaurant of the Degand family

On July 29, 2014, we opened Emily Ristorante, a restaurant-gem draped in marble and gold leaf, a restaurant tailor-made for Emily Degand.

It is an elegant and gourmet destination. You will see a 5.5 meter long chandelier spanning the floors, a bar counter made of black marble veined with gold and ceilings adorned with gold leaf.

This house located at 4 rue de l'Abbaye, neighboring Maison Degand, was once a bakery.

Tailor Pierre Degand completely transformed it.

Upon entry, a classy bar extends its seats. An intimate space accommodates the only table on the ground floor.

The first floor, cozy and warm, favors noble materials at the top of a slightly steep staircase. The second floor has a private lounge, and under the rooftops, a luxurious guest room is set up.

In 2015, the restaurant was managed by the Litvine family under the name Villa Emily. Today, after 8 years, the Degand family has taken back management of the restaurant.

Indeed, Brussels' esteemed gastronomic establishment "Emily" is returning to the hands of Pierre Degand.

This change sets off a series of transformations, including the introduction of a new chef and a fresh name for the establishment, starting in fall 2023.


The closure of Villa Emily in its current form occured on June 17, 2023, with plans to unveil a new project in Autumn under the name "Emily". Luca Gaviglio, currently chef of his own restaurant "Un Altro Mondo" in Wavre, will be the new chef.

Pierre Degand, the founder of Emily, praises Gaviglio's exceptional talent in Italian cuisine, having worked at one of Brussels' best Italian restaurants, Da Mimmo. Degand believes that changing chefs is always a risk for a Michelin-starred establishment, but he is confident in Gaviglio's abilities and believes he deserves recognition.


Journey of a Son from Calabria and Sicily

Luca arrived in Belgium 27 years ago. He came here for a vacation and never returned to his native Piedmont. With a Calabrian father and a Sicilian mother, a taste for good cuisine was bound to accompany him on his journey to becoming a future chef in Belgium. He began his journey at Da Mimmo (Brussels), starting in the dishwashing department!

"After six months of washing dishes," he recalls, "I was judged curious, attentive, and willing enough to leave dishwashing behind and move into the kitchen. It was at Da Mimmo that I learned the trade. I stayed there for fifteen years, up until the Michelin star," he says with a smile!

"At that time, I wanted to explore other things," he continues. "This profession became my livelihood but also my true passion. I worked elsewhere after that, before wanting to open my own restaurant."


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Maison Degand's philosophy revolves around excellence in quality and service, a commitment to research and beauty, and a dedication to passion and uniqueness.
Presently, Maison Degand proudly presents three distinct spaces and curates a remarkable collection of the finest brands in the fashion industry.

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