At 99 years old, Basilio Inn reopens after a winter break

Mar 07, 2020 243

BY: Pamela Silvestri

Basilio Inn has reopened for its 99th season in South Beach. After a two-month respite, the Asperti family and staff are now serving lunch and dinner daily. On Wednesday, a worker freshened up the facade with a coat of white paint, before moving onto a scrubbing of the historic restaurant’s sign. The former carriage house -- built in the 1850s -- served as a destination for Italian immigrants spending summers at the beach on Staten Island.

The restaurant’s namesake hails from Basilio Giovannini, the founder and original owner of Basilio Inn in 1921. Not much has changed at the sit-down eatery that sits on a rolling patch of land with fig trees, grape vines, a garden and bocce ball court. “We haven’t implemented the new menu yet. It’s mostly some new pasta dishes -- ideas that I got from Italy,” said owner Maurizio Asperti. 

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