Cosmopolitan can be defined as “belonging to the world,” or “free from local, provincial, or national ideas, prejudices, or attachments.” It is an unbiased, tolerant state of mind, eager for new ideas and stimulating company. This is the kind of atmosphere Amilio Boiolos aims to achieve in his restaurant.
Amilio is no stranger to the restaurant business. In fact, he ran the Italian restaurant, The Tulipano, in the same location a few years ago. Returning to the restaurant business after his brief hiatus, Amilio has moved on from his Italian roots in favour of a more “cosmopolitan” style of menu. A full range of selections are available, all cooked with the care and sensibility of an experienced Italian chef.
The cosmopolitan atmosphere is never better on display as when the jazz band is playing. Emilio tries to organize the musicians every Friday or Saturday. Naturally, the band is made up of an international cast, led by local legend, Alessandro Alessandroni. Allasandroni is the whistler from A Fistful of Dollars, as well as a composer and musician for dozens of other spaghetti western scores.
The music enhances the mood in the restaurant, and is not so loud as to disrupt conversation in the main dining room. A separate menu is offered in the lounge area where you can be closer to the band or just sit for lighter fare and more comfortable furniture on nights where the band is not playing.
The Cosmopolitan is a place where you can escape from the normal world outside and enter a bigger one, a cosmopolitan world full of big ideas, interesting people and great music. It is a place that belongs in Swakopmund, but belongs to the world!