With the more casual style of a true trattoria, Basiloco gives diners a relaxed dining experience in a truly Byron way. Situated at the eastern end of Main Beach, it is just across the road from the beach reserve and most of the restaurant is al fresco, which includes a scattering of beanbags right out the front and a macrame-fringed hammock as well. Don’t let the beanbags mislead you; this doesn’t have a backpacker vibe at all – it’s more convivial, classic Italian trattoria meets uncontrived Byron bistro.
The service is attentive but not heavy and the wait staff, at least on the night we visited most recently, were all tanned, and had Italian accents. They are good at what they do and there’s a bit of natural ‘prego’ from them, making for an authentic Italian charm.
In true trattoria style the menu has plenty of customary Italian classic dishes done well; the ingredients are fresh and mostly local. Trattoria Basiloco also has a distinctly Sardinian leaning, and as is integral to that cuisine there are richly flavoured dishes from the sea and from the land.
The Bruschetta Classica was very much enjoyed by a self-proclaimed bruschetta aficionado at our table. The Carpaccio di Pesce was fresh and well balanced in texture and flavour, as well; the Spaghetti Alla Marinara was full of flavour and was a generous serve. Pizzas also feature at Basiloco, and the onsite wood-fired pizza oven is an interesting feature in itself. The pizzas come with beautifully bubbled crusts, a wood-fired character, and inviting ingredients.
There is gluten-free pasta, pizza, and other dishes as well as plenty of vegetarian choices.
In true trattoria style you can order wine in a carafe or there is a generous range of good Italian or Australian wines by the glass or by the bottle. There is also a full bar and a cocktail menu for any mixed-drink requirements.
Trattoria Basiloco is consistently good in all that it does, in a great location, and possesses a truly pleasing unique Sardinian-Byronian quality.
Trattoria Basiloco. Open for dinner 7 days from 5.30pm. 30 Lawson St, Byron Bay. 6680 8818. [email protected].