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Borago Restaurant

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Experience Classic Italian Trattoria at Borago Restaurant
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Borago Restaurant is a classic Italian Trattoria that specializes in simple yet delicious Italian foods. Order a pasta from the Old World or get something with a little Gulf of Mexico influence. Either way, a full menu of cocktails ensures that you’ll want to linger over the meal.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Borago is a classic Italian Trattoria, specializing in simple Italian meals. Some of the menu items may seem basic, but there’s a reason why Italy is highly regarded the world over for its cuisine. When the pasta and antipasti are so good on their own, there’s no need to make things overly complicated.

The entrees at Borago combine the Old World standbys with some Gulf of Mexico flair for a dinner menu that’s simple but creative. Go with a Linguini or Angel hair for a basic Primi entree, but spice things up with Creamy Seafood Fricassee or Grouper Nicoise for your Secondi. Roasted Eggplant Lasagna ensures vegetarians have something they’ll like, and there is still plenty more to choose from.

These Primi and Secondi entrees are complemented by a diverse selection of Antipasti and Insalata. The Wild Mushroom Ravioli and House Made Focaccia Bread are especially popular appetizers, while a trio of Arugula, Classic Caesar, and Mixed Greens offer a variety of salad options.

For beverages, a full bar carries an extensive wine list (that favors Italian varieties) and many housemade cocktails. The cocktails are particular favorites with repeat local patrons, with the Bellini, Grayton Revival, and Ernesto being especially well-liked.

Prices here aren’t the cheapest, with entrees running from $18 to $34 and cocktail prices hovering around $9 to $12. For a fine meal in a classy atmosphere, though, the menu prices are quite reasonable.

Italian food is something that everyone can gather around and feast on. Bring the group to Borago, and your choice for dinner will be highly approved of.

A few of our menu favorites at Borago include:

Homemade Focaccia Bread
The first basket of focaccia is complimentary, but you’re going to want another one. Order a second helping of the Housemade Focaccia Bread when you arrive, and your group will be grateful when the first quickly disappears.

Linguine
There’s nothing fancy about the Linguini. The fat noodles are doused with tomato sauce, basil, garlic and parmesan, just as they should be. Get the Linguini as your Primi if you’re looking for a traditional Italian meal that has two entrees, though. You can follow it up with something more notable.

Grouper Nicoise
Nicoise is a standard Italian dish that’s full of flavor thanks to artichokes, kalamata olives, tomatoes, haricot verts and white wine butter. Adding Grouper from the Gulf only makes the dish that much better, as the fish soaks up many of those flavors.

Ernesto
Tequila, fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice and Luxardo Liqueur combine for a delightful cocktail. All of the juices are fresh-squeezed daily, so this concoction tastes especially vibrant.

Montepulciano D’ Abruzzo
Don’t know your Italian wines? Go with a Montepulciano D’ Abruzzo and you won’t be disappointed with the price or the taste. The wine is an all-around fine Italian wine, but it’s less known than some of the other regions. As a result, it tends to cost a little bit less than others.

Insider Tip:
– If you request seating on the patio, make sure to get a table to the side — and not near the patio’s main walkway. A clothing boutique next door uses the patio as their entryway, and their customers sometimes line up along the pathway of the patio. You’ll be away from the line if you get a table that’s to the side.