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  • Writer's pictureClifford Wichmann

Experience the Rich Tapestry of Traditional Italian Dining at Basilico

Italy, a country renowned for its vibrant culture and culinary prowess, has a unique and fascinating way of serving meals. This multi-course affair is a delightful journey through a palette of flavors, textures, and aromas. Here at Basilico, we uphold these traditional values while introducing fresh, locally-sourced ingredients to create a unique Italian dining experience in Muskoka, Ontario.

The Quintessential Italian Meal: A Multi-Course Celebration

Italian meals often unfold in several stages, starting with the "antipasto," then moving onto the "primo" and "secondo" courses, and ending with a sweet finale.

  1. Antipasto: This is the appetizer course, setting the stage for the meal. It often includes a variety of cheeses, cured meats, olives, and marinated vegetables.

  2. Primo: The first main course typically consists of a light dish like pasta, risotto, or soup, laying the groundwork for the heavier second course.

  3. Secondo: The second course is usually a meat or fish dish, served with a side of vegetables or salad.

Basilico’s Exquisite Multi-Course Dining Experience

At Basilico, nestled in the Inn at the Falls, we bring this Italian culinary tradition to life with our diverse menu. Here's a sneak peek into our multi-course offerings:

Appetizers: Begin your culinary journey with our delectable starters. Choose from crispy calamari, Tuscan ribs, peach bruschetta, melon and prosciutto, or our Basilico board, amongst others. These dishes capture the essence of antipasto, setting the stage for the courses to follow.

Salads: Refresh your palate with our salad options. Whether you prefer the sweetness of blueberries balanced with pistachios or the classic Caesar salad, our salads serve as a delightful bridge to the main courses.

Pastas: As the Primo course, our pasta dishes are a highlight. Explore a variety of options like mussels and pesto, mushroom ravioli, striploin and gnocchi, or prawn carbonara. Each dish brings the authentic flavors of Italy right to your table.

Entrées: Our entrée or Secondo course options range from the succulent roasted chicken and pork loin to the flavor-packed corn ribs and tempeh bacon or the light and fresh rainbow trout. There's something to satisfy every palate.

Steaks: If your idea of a perfect 'Secondo' is a flavorful steak, then Basilico's selection will have you spoilt for choice. Our menu features a variety of premium cuts including the succulent Ribeye, hearty Shortrib, lean Flank Steak, and the classic New York Strip.

Each cut is seasoned and cooked to your preference, highlighting the individual characteristics and flavors of the meat. But the customization doesn't end there. At Basilico, we believe a steak is only as good as its companions, so each of our steak dishes comes with a choice of two delectable sides.

From our Parmesan fries and crispy potatoes, perfect for the traditionalist, to our fresh roasted broccoli and grilled asparagus for the vegetable lover. If you're in for a rich side, try our corn risotto or indulge in the earthy flavors of our pan-seared mushrooms. And let's not forget our unique corn ribs, a side that's sure to make your steak meal even more memorable.

Pizzas: A staple of Italian cuisine, our pizzas are a delight for the senses. From the hearty sausage and pepper to the classic Margherita, every bite is a celebration of authentic Italian flavors.

End Note

At Basilico, we take pride in preserving the essence of traditional Italian dining while incorporating a touch of our unique flair. Whether it's our diverse appetizers, salads, pastas, pizzas, or our incredible steak options, each dish is crafted with care and served with love. Join us for a truly authentic and unforgettable Italian dining experience right here in Muskoka, Ontario.

Buon Appetito!

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