I have been visiting Naxos island every year since 13 years. Il Basilico is an excellent Italian restaurant in the charming village of Chalki, in central Naxos. The owner, the chef and his assistant are Italian and provide an Italian cuisine based on good Greek products, mostly local. The ingredients are great (Italian and Naxos cheese, Italian ham, vegetables, etc.) and the receipes are innovative and well executed. The owner provides a short but excellent selection of wines (try the 2009 Vino Nobile diu Montepulciano!). It's a great way to get something different from the greek tavernas, and also a great place for romantic dinners surrounded by cypress and lemon trees. Quality has been consistent over the years even when the cook changed (this year). Prices are slightly higher than traditional greek tavernas (starters between 7 and 10€, pasta/risotto are 10-15€ and meat-based dished are around 15€ or 20€ if you go for the excellent Tagliata beef fillet), but the gap is justified by the sophistication of the receipes. I highly recommend this place
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