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“Pizzas on the polo field”
Review of Portico Restaurant - CLOSED

Portico Restaurant
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: 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
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Pizzas on the polo field”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

Portico has great LARGE pizzas cooked in a giant oven outdoors. It was nice to sit outside with some music and enjoy the evening. I think the portions are rather large - we had the mixed appetizers and they there buffet platter sized(!), but overall we had a nice dinner. I'd go again for pizza when visiting Lusaka.

  • Visited November 2013
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“Room for improvement”
Reviewed 10 November 2013

I have been at Portico Lusaka 4 times. There is a great potential for improvement of service in this restaurant. The place and surroundings is nice. I rate in average 3.

  • Visited November 2013
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Lusaka, Zambia
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“Will give it a try again”
Reviewed 16 September 2013 via mobile

Had heard of Portico's and paid my first visit with a partner. Quite busy and parking was a challenge. Service was a little slow to start, but it got better. Prices were on the high side, but then Lusaka is not cheap. Pizza's arrived promptly and were a good size. Found mine a little too salty, but then it was a siciliana. There was live music and it was good, not so loud that we couldn't have a conversation. The waitress brought me the wrong bill and I paid it, but she came back and apologised and reimbursed me the over charge. Not often that happens! Will give it a try again!

  • Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Ice Cold Plates”
Reviewed 9 September 2013

We ate here on 6/9/13. It was very busy but we got a table in half an hour.
I ordered grilled sole which came overcooked and on ice cold plates. The service was slow and unapologetic. At the end of the meal, I asked for an Irish coffee and was warned by the waiter that it was too busy for such a drink and it could take half an hour for the drink to come. I paid my bill and left. They need to have more staff at weekends and train their kitchen staff on warming their plates. For their pricing, I found the food and service very poor. On the plus side, I think it is the only restaurant where you can have a nice cold glass of prosecco in Lusaka. I wouldn't eat here again.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Mukuma
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Heidelberg
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“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed 30 August 2013

Ate here twice while staying in Lusaka. Food was good, not the best Italian I've ever had but decent enough to eat here a few times. Motif was rich and service fantastic. Really had a nice time both times we went but have to say that the night they had the live band was by far my favorite. The lead singer had an amazing voice and I could have listened to her all night!

Visited August 2013
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