In most places around the world you can find an Italian restaurant, but none quite like the exquisite Italian slow food kitchen at Spiga d’Oro in the town of Boortmeerbeek, just outside Mechelen. Here, chef Francesco Di Taranto knows the origin of every ingredient he uses and every wine he serves. Spiga d’Oro was founded in 1990 by Di Taranto. “The restaurant business was always in our family’s blood. My parents opened the very first Italian restaurant in Mechelen in 1967, where I used to work as a maître d’ and I trained as sommelier.