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Portico Restaurant - CLOSED

Plot 2374 Nangwenya Road | Lusaka Showgrounds, Lusaka 10100, Zambia
+260 21 1250111
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  • Excellent24%
  • Very good46%
  • Average22%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
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“pizza” (48 reviews)
“italian food” (8 reviews)
Restaurant Hours Closed
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Plot 2374 Nangwenya Road | Lusaka Showgrounds, Lusaka 10100, Zambia
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Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

Good food very fresh .Village salad best I have had in Zambia .Good quality house wine and prices are reasonable.

Thank I Love A
Reviewed 21 March 2017

The restaurantis situated in the Polo grounds of Lusaka. It is a lovely Italian restaurant. I enjoyed Italian cuisine and Italiawines. Over the weekends clients are entertained with live music. The waiter are good and friendly

Thank Clement S
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Fresh Fresh Fresh ...that is what you get . Village Salad best I have had in Zambia . Tasty sushi To many starters to try Good fish dishes and the lamb shank fantastic cut different but all the taste . This is a restaurant that's...More

Thank Nungwi D
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Portico is an intimate pizza restaurant with good wine lists and friendly local staff. A must-go for reasonably priced, quality food but, if you fancy a table, book in advance as it's usually thronged to avoid disappointment! Takeaway and delivery also available.

Thank AJadventures2015
Reviewed 27 December 2016

Came here with some friends to the new Portico on Leopards Hill and although it was a bit of a drive, but well worth the delicious pizza. We each ordered our own and at it completely! It comes fresh straight of the of the brick...More

1  Thank Briana C
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Their food is amazing, the people are amazing and so helpful, they even provide a guide on the choice of foods that you may like if you are a first timer with Italian food.

Thank Jane M
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

The new Portico on Leopards Hill is a bit of a stretch to access but it's worth the drive. They only serve pizza at the moment but it's probably the best pizza in town. If you have some time and money you can have breakfast...More

Thank lee_babybhe
katfer68, Manager at Portico Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2016

thanks!!! Pls can you write even in our page on Facebook? thank you again

Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Good food good ambiance and surrounding, will be better if there is a live bad, I haven't tried the pizza but it's apparently very good too !

Thank AditiKan
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Awesome pizza and live music outside. Their Mosi (local beer) is also very well priced. Apparently its closed at the moment due to rental agreements.

Thank Max K
Reviewed 28 June 2016

I have been here a few times and the food is good, the service a bit slow but because the refreshments and food is prepared fresh. SO far, the paninis have been my best bet.

Thank MarielaLopezVargas
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Restaurant Details

Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Plot 2374 Nangwenya Road | Lusaka Showgrounds, Lusaka 10100, Zambia
  • Location: Africa  >  Zambia  >  Lusaka Province  >  Lusaka
  • Phone Number: +260 21 1250111
  • E-mail
With its fine finished decor in warm reds, greys and pinks, Portico restaurant is very chic, with well planned spaces, delightful furnishings and dramatic finishes. Hidden away in the showgrounds, Lusaka's prime venue for large scale exhibitions, trade shows and fairs Portico's is a hot spot for eating, drinking and socialising where clientele can enjoy time with friends in a relaxed but sophisticated environment. In fact when ex-US President Bill Clinton visited Lusaka in 2007, it was Portico Restaurant where he came for the evening. The overall atmosphere in the day time is relaxed and friendly followed by evenings dedicated to pleasant music and regular live events. Italian food Eating is a serious matter in Italy! Cooking and food are among the finest expressions of Italian culture, vividly portraying the country's history and traditions. The chefs at Portico explain that, like other arts, cooking is based on measures and proportions, on the balance and fusion of different elements. Authentic Italian recipes are very often based on just a few very simple and humble ingredients, which are used to create exquisite dishes. What makes Italian cuisine so tasty is that, over the centuries, the people of Italy have discovered exactly how to achieve the perfect mix of flavours. Naturally the food that is cooked here is from genuine Italian ingredients made by Portico's very own professional Italian chefs. The restaurant boasts the best Italian pizza in the city! Authentic Italian coffees, are also on offer. In this place to eat you are encouraged to feel at home with family and friends, or to gather for a special occasion, in the style of an Italian Trattoria - traditionally synonymous with good food, good wine and good company. This Lusaka restaurant is opened from 12:00 from Tuesday to Sunday. However, pizza is served here all day, any time you like! Guests are welcomed at any time but reservations are best. That way guests can enjoy the undivided attention of the waiters, waitresses and barmen. Italian wine Italy is known to be one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world and Portico Restaurant makes sure that you are served the best wines with your meals. In fact the drinks here are imported directly from Italy. Wine for Italians means culture, love, friendship, taste, smell and colour. For the passionate team at Portico, opening a bottle of wine is a very different experience from opening a bottle of beer or whisky! The authentic Italian wines on offer include white wines like Chardonnay; red wines like Syrah; sparkling wines like Prosecco and Moscato D'asti Docg; champagne like Moet Chardonnay; rose wines like Rosato. Frankly the list is endless! Italian spirits such as Grappa are also on offer, together with drinks like Limoncello and Amari, as well as quality cigars of course. This is also cocktail heaven and the staff are specially trained to mix them authentically. Private functions The garden at Portico is suitable for exclusive events like corporate cocktails and parties. Since the decor here is perfectly suited to glamorous and classy events, Portico is often booked for corporate events, weddings and special birthday bashes. Book early to avoid disappointment! The venue makes for a pleasant event setting that includes fine dining, quality drinks, personalised entertainment and great company. Portico Restaurant's hosts frequent live music featuring local bands on Saturday night and the place lights up and has a buzzing atmosphere at night. These popular local artists regularly play a range of music styles, attracting great interest. If you're a fan of good live jazz music, then Wednesday evening is the night for you. Entrance to these Lusaka special events is absolutely free! As their way of giving back to the community, Portico also hosts special fund-raising party. Portico does however have the balance right - guests can enjoy the live music and enjoy a conversation or you can retreat into more intimate and quieter spaces if you so wish. On cooler evenings mobile coal fires are dotted around the outside spaces adding further charm to this gem of a venue. An array of seating both indoors and outdoors includes dining chairs, bar stools, cushioned rattan chairs, comfy armchairs and sofas - a wide selection to suit the various needs of clientele. With views onto the polo field you will sometimes catch a game. Portico can be anything from formal to family orientated to groovy. The clever spatial design allows for a mixture of ambience's at any one time - you choose which one suits you! Alternatively you can book the entire venue for big events and the staff here will create the right atmosphere for your particular special occasion
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