I've been coming to Osteria Basilico in Notting Hill for thirteen years. It is my favorite casual spot for Italian food in all of London, and I make it a point to eat here at least once each time I am back in the city. I first discovered this restaurant when I was a study abroad student living in London during my sophomore year of college. After a long morning of shopping on nearby Portobello Road with my parents, we were looking for a lunch spot, but were unfamiliar with the area. I just happened to overhear a conversation on the street where an American ex-pat was telling a friend that she and her banker husband had recently moved to London and their favorite italian restaurant, Osteria Basilico, was only one block away. Thanks to my keen hearing, we scouted it out, were lucky to get a table with no reservation, had a fabulous meal, and have been coming back ever since.
|An inviting candle lit dining room, as seen from the street
Last week I ate here with two friends and we sampled many items from the menu. We all started with the special appetizer, which was prosciutto and burrata cheese. Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese, made of mozzarella and cream, and usually served at room temperature. The outside layer is the harder mozzarella, while the inside filled with cream as well, gives a soft and unusual texture. Simply delicious!
|Fresh burrata cheese and prosciutto
|Fettuccine with veal and rosemary ragu with shaved parmigiano reggiano
|Spaghetti with mixed vegetables, pancetta and scallops