The sausage and peppers pasta at Basil Prosperi located in the Principal Building. Zach Boyden-Holmes/Juice
On the skywalk: Stay warm with Basil Prosperi
Published on January 3rd, 2014 | by Joe Lawler
Depending on the direction you’re heading, Basil Prosperi is either where the skywalk ends or begins. Located in the Principal Building, it’s the northwestern-most point in downtown’s skywalk system.
The line at Basil Prosperi often stretches out the door, helped in part by the fact that it’s located in Iowa’s biggest building and the fact that the food is so good. Luckily, the menu is posted so you can make up your mind while you wait to get up to the cashier. After ordering, find a table and they’ll bring your food out to you.
The food: Basil’s menu is pastas, sandwiches and salads, with nothing over $9. You can go simple with something like turkey and Swiss or tomato and basil or go with something like artichoke pesto or shrimp and greens. The dishes are designed to be hearty as well as to be served quickly. If you want something more complex, the same owners have Lucca in the East Village.
I went with the sausage and peppers pasta ($7.95). There are portions of the skywalk that can get pretty cold, and on the December day we visited the heat of the sausage and peppers had a welcome warming effect after braving the chill on our walk. This is a large lunch serving, and it came with several pieces of bread. As if the pasta wasn’t filling enough.
There are some skywalk spots that seem to change over tenants on a monthly basis. Basil Prosperi is an anchor of consistency above street level. If you’re looking for pasta, it’s hard to imagine a better option. Especially if you don’t want to go outside.
Where: 801 Grand Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday
You’ve gone too far if: You pass Friedrich’s Coffee
Closest parking garage: Seventh and Locust streets
Skywalk entrance: Principal Building, 801 Grand Ave.