Osteria Basilico

Osteria Basilico, Notting Hill

We were off Portobello Road, about to slip into a Bedknobs and Broomsticks rendition, when we found Osteria Basilico, a lovely warm and homely Italian restaurant, for dinner. The place was pretty much booked up but luckily managed to squeeze us in for an hour, so we got some wine and started ordering.

To begin we shared a plate of creamy mozzarella, ripe tomatoes and beautiful avocado with basil dressing – tasty and light. Then, Sue had fresh pasta with chicken, mushroom and ham, and I went for perfectly formed spinach and ricotta tortelloni in tomato sauce – both were simple spot-on classics.

As table time ran out we got the bill and slipped next door to Montgomery Place for drinks. There, we perched in the little dark moody bar with a speakeasy feel, and ordered wine and a Manhattan that arrived in a sleek cocktail bowl. Great drinks, great atmosphere and an ideal end to a lovely night. Chef’s Kiss!

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