Basilico: A slice of Italian cuisine

Finding a great spot to eat Italian food in Gaborone is as rare as finding a diamond in your backyard. This is where Basilico Restaurant comes in, with its diverse cuisine rooted in traditional Italian culture that contends for a great memorable culinary stop.

Tucked along the President’s Drive, in Gaborone, owner of the restaurant is Arianna Francioni, a native of Italy, Rome, who says Botswana was a ‘beautiful accident’. “I am an architect by profession, so when I found this house while on vacation with friends, which at the time was just a simple house surrounded by sand, I felt the nudge to do something,” she recalls. “In Italy, everyone cooks, the young and old, so a restaurant had always been a curious project I wanted to explore.”

The interior of the restaurant is a blend of modern Florentine and Rome inspired decor, while the outdoor is more scenic with lovely greenery, rustic wooden chairs with a dry finish and a spacious atmosphere. The walls inside the restaurant are draped with nostalgic frames of what Italy comes across as in the classic movies; romantic, airy, and memorable. What’s an Italian restaurant without a scooter picture?

On Chef Moronga Nduhe’s recommendations were two dishes, specifically for their traditional ties to Italian cuisine. The Risotto Con Pomodori Confi and Tempura di Rucchine was a wonderful surprise; gluten free creamy dish with confi tomatoes and marrows. It literally melted on the tongue. And ofcourse pizza had to be served, and on this occasion it was the ricotta and salmon pizza. The crust of the pizza was classic Italian style – thin, crispy throughout, and delicious. Although the drinks came a little late, the pairing of Santa Cristina, a dry white wine, and the dishes was sublime.

One can expect a range of dishes such as pastas, pizzas, bodied main courses and smooth Italian wine from the menu. Global Post Lifestyle gives the restaurant two thumbs up to the intricately cooked dishes.