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“Best Pizza I have ever had !”
Review of Portico Restaurant

Portico Restaurant
Ranked #12 of 134 Restaurants in Lusaka
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, European
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Good for: Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
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
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Best Pizza I have ever had !”
Reviewed 21 May 2014

Been to Portico before and vowed never to return. My friend and I just stopped over for one drink and could not resist the smell of the pizzas cooking ! It would have been rude not to have some ! Absolutely yummy ! Service still poor but I forgave them on this occasion. Try their pizzas ! I strongly recommend !

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Mukuma
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Lusaka, Zambia
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“Among the Best”
Reviewed 11 March 2014

Portico - what can I say. A wonderful ambience, beautiful surrounds, classy, chic and down to earth. I had my farewell and many a dinner here. The menu is simple, great range - you can have anything from a salad, to pizzas, steak and italian course meals. You decide - they have options to suit most budgets. An excellent location for cocktails or chilling to a live band or a more formal dinner.

Visited April 2013
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“Service? Not at Portico's.”
Reviewed 5 December 2013

Second time of going to Portico, always willing to give a place a chance. The first time was with a large group and it was good, nothing special but good, I like Italian restaurants and the setting is great. Second visit on my Birthday, just my wife and I, our drinks order sat on the bar inside for well over ten minutes with waiters and waitresses ignoring it. Eventually I got up and went in to collect them myself. Saw staff throwing bottle tops and wine corks etc into the garden bushes/ floor and the general level and speed of service was about as bad as I've ever seen. The food is OK/ not bad, but certainly not worth what you pay and not worth waiting that long for. My pizza was half eaten before my wife's food even arrived. Had a long discussion about it with the manager (I'm not shy) he discounted my bill a little but I didn't leave a tip. No I won't be going there again, not in a hurry anyway.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank mweengwa
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Lusaka, Zambia
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“Best Wood Fire Pizza in Lusaka”
Reviewed 25 November 2013 via mobile

The service was good, probably because they weren't so many people. I've had the lasagna fr portico before and I didn't like it. However, there pizzas are the bomb! I'd definitely recommend their pizzas.. they range between K68 to K85 but so worth it

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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“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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Thank hellokitae
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