Lunch at Basilico in Newlands – An Italian experience

Situated in the leafy suburb of Newlands, Basilico is an Italian gem just waiting for you the next time your tummy is rumbling for a crispy thin based pizza or hearty pasta. Yes, I finally made it there to give it a try and I did not walk away disappointed.

I’d been hearing rumblings that this was a restaurant to try and finally we found a gap to head on over. My immediate impressions of the restaurant was its cleanliness, bright lighting and neat decor. We decided to sit upstairs which afforded us a stunning view of Table Mountain, as well as of the passerbys and quaint shops down below.

After gazing through the bountiful menu, I was quite pleasantly surprised to be informed that they offer a R65 lunch special. This special includes pizza, pastas, salads and a crumbed chicken fillet dish.

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Stunning decor!

What we chose

So I chose the crumbed chicken fillet with black pepper and pecorino. The food is hearty and homely but doesn’t compromise on good presentation and flavours. Now this was not just a simple chicken schnitzel dish. The chicken was incredibly soft and the coating was crispy and crunchy with a massive side salad (You can choose chips if you’d prefer). Hubby chose a woodfired pizza with bacon and banana and immediately after his order arrived I had food envy. We actually ended up ordering a second pizza to share! The base was incredibly thin and crispy (Which we both love!) and the toppings were generous. Both dishes had incredible flavor felt very authentic Italian. I saw some pastas at a table opposite ours and they also looked like a fantastic choice!

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Chicken crumbed with pecorino and black pepper with a side salad

Basilico’s Menu

Basilico’s menu oozes Italian flair. Think woodfired pastas, yummy pastas, risottos and salads laced with pecorino, basil and the like. To mix things up a bit, they also offer a weekly menu of freshly inspired dishes which has included lamb shanks, springbok salads and more. For those of you looking for a lunch spot, this is your place. Basilico offers a delicious lunch special listing a variety of pizza, pasta, secondi and salad for only R65. Yes, R65! Finding a meal in Cape Town for that price is always a massive score.

Download Basilico’s menu here: Main Menu


Price: 4/5

Taste: 4.5/5

Ambience: 4/5

Return Factor: Definitely returning! Officially found my pizza spot in the area.

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Restaurant Details

Address: 32 Kildare Rd, Newlands, Cape Town, 7708

Phone: 021 683 5989

Good for:  Families, groups, work functions, date night


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