Basilico Restaurant in Oranmore has been awarded Just Ask Restaurant of the Month for February.
Since opening in 2008, executive chef Paolo Sabatini and restaurant manager Fabiano Mulas have worked to create points of difference in their restaurant, and families in particular are made welcome.
Supporting local suppliers has been core to their philosophy since the outset. Paolo is a member of Euro-Toques Ireland, whose aims include promoting local artisan producers. Seasonal Irish ingredients are a point of pride at Basilico and suppliers credited on menus include many well known names.
“Brady’s Farm in Athenry supply us with their succulent local grass fed beef and we feature Irish Piedmontese beef from Wexford on our monthly specials. We get our free range chickens from The Friendly Farmer in Athenry and our fresh seafood is supplied by Gannet Fishmongers in Galway. Beechlawn Organic Farm in Ballinasloe supply us with seasonal vegetables and salads and we use Curley’s in Galway for their traditional variety vegetables,” said Fabiano.
Since 2018, Fabiano and his wife have also engaged in growing salads, herbs and a range of vegetables on their own Derrykeel Farm in Gort. Having the farm has been a catalyst for change, allowing the restaurant to cut down on their waste by composting vegetable waste and the purchase of an industrial shredder has allowed them to shred and compost all brown cardboard waste.