There are two dining areas to choose from at Basilico’s. You can opt to go super-casual in the informal pizzeria in the front of the restaurant where pizzas and sandwiches are served. Try the chicken caesar salad pizza for a slice of something different. Although this room is primarily booth seating, the checkerboard flooring and subtle decor make the area a bit classier than many of the more expensive shore eating destinations.
Beyond the pizzeria, the back dining rooms offer more elegant fare and a more elegant atmosphere. Don’t be intimidated, the rooms can accommodate groups as well as families as the décor is classy but not stuffy. Country-style wood tables and chairs dot the rooms, giving a homey feel to the restaurant. Low lights set a warm glow while bottles of assorted olive oil and the customary bunches of garlic decorate the walls.
A loaf of freshly baked sesame seed braided Italian bread welcomes diners upon their arrival. Served with a balsamic vinegar, olive oil and caper dipping oil, it’s a step above your standard roll and oil. Add a carafe of ice water to the table and a hostess who will chill any wine you have brought to this BYOB.
Salad is served family-style with a jug of homemade vidalia onion vinaigrette. This dressing has become so popular that you can actually take home a bottle for around $5. Basilico’s offers wide selection of fish, veal and chicken entrees as well as pizzas and hearty salads. The pasta dishes, such as the stuffed shells ($12.95) and ravioli ($11.95) are perfectly executed. The stuffed shell entrée is comprised of a delicate serving of several shells stuffed with a ricotta and herb mixture that is flavorful and exciting. The marinara sauce is sweet and enhances the taste of the dish. Eggplant lasagna ($11.95) is delicious as well and is served with a sweet and simple sauce. All portion sizes are adequate rather than overwhelming.
If you’re enjoying one last weekend on the beach or headed down to experience autumn at the shore, look for the green canopy on Landis Ave. The restaurant is close to the Springfield Inn, so you can get your party on after you’ve chowed down. With just a quick stroll from the beach and promenade to Basilico’s, the restaurant is ideally located.