Basilico Restaurant 2008-2023
To understand the journey of Basilico Restaurant Oranmore, you have to understand the climate and context under which they opened in 2008. A serendipitous meeting between the Coach House Owner and Fabiano Mulas and Paolo Sabatini at a restaurant in Salthill led to a journey of many amazing experiences. Opening in February 2008 against the backdrop of the property crash was a brave move that has led to a very successful business model in the heart of Oranmore.
The menu at Basilico from those early years has been an evolution from the beginning. Paolo Sabatini tried the Italian purist route with his menu at the beginning but quickly realised that a menu needs to cater for the majority and therefore quickly adapted to offer a mix of the good authentic Italian specials and more local traditional Irish food and this has been a winning combination. This ability to adapt and stay current and passionate is what is at the core of their success. At Basilico the team is the key factor and the familiar faces of staff that have been with this Restaurant for years is testament to their dedication to a positive working environment. It is nice to be recognised, for a business to remember your name, your favourite drink. Simple things like a good quality napkin, a table cloth, a good glass, the right spoon all elevate a dining experience.
Over the 15 years in business, they have created a business where family occasions are at the heart of what they do. From Christenings to Confirmations to first dates, engagement parties, boutique weddings, to friends meeting up and also the sad partings of loved ones. They do it all so well and with style. Their attention to details in service and presentation assures their customers a consistent and reliable dining experience.
Basilico has worked from the beginning with local suppliers and continues to work in that way and there dedication to quality continued with their farm and in growing fresh produce, delivered daily.
So here they are in 2022 and they are still going strong. Approaching their 15 anniversaries in February 2023 is a huge milestone for them and one to be celebrated. They have withstood the prevailing winds of change and challenge and have risen to each challenge. Basilico are planning a series of celebrations to mark this wonderful milestone including the continuation of their very successful Food series which is a gastronomy tour of the regions. This along with some surprise events will feature in February as part of their celebrations.