It’s as Italian as one can get get. Basilico is one of the better places in North Goa for the Italian fare.A narrow,tree-lined road from the Anjuna Beach leads to this quiet,unpretentious place.Open only for dinner,this alfresco restaurant serves pizzas,home-made pastas,salads and sinful desserts. Start with the Minestrone Soup,a freshly tossed salad and a thin-crust pizza that emerges from a wood-fired oven.Topped with beef,tuna and ham,and spiced with a Goan-style sauce,Lucifer,meaning devil in Italian,is a hot and spicy pizza.And then there is Lasagna alla Bolognese,Cannelloni Ricotta-e-Spinaci and Gnocchi for an elaborate meal.For vegetarians,there’s the Vegetariana with cabbage, mushrooms, onion, tomato.

The chef here will happily toss up pizzas with our choice of toppings and sauces. There’s home-made pastas here in a range of sauces pesto, mushroom, tomato apart from lasagna, shellfish and steaks. From the dessert menu, order the delightful Tiramisu. With its relaxed atmosphere, authentic and value-for-money Italian fare, Basilico is well worth a visit.


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