Francis R. Basile

Francis R. Basile was born in Rochester, New York. After graduating from Pittsford Mendon High School, he traveled extensively throughout the US and Italy before settling in Colorado, where he attend the University of Colorado.

He returned to Rochester and in 1985 received a Bachelor Degree in English (Writing Concentration) and Philosophy from Nazareth College. It was while attending college that he learned about the preparation of fine cuisine by working as a cook in restaurants and hotels in Rochester and Colorado. He returned to Italy for a third time in 1985 and stayed there for three years.

While in Italy he taught English as a Second Language at private schools, major corporations and in the Italian Air Force. He also translated and adapted a screenplay for Italian television. Much of his free time was spent undergoing the grueling task of exploring the regional cuisine's of Italy.

After returning to the US in 1988, Mr. Basile began working as a freelance copywriter for local ad agencies. The experience of trying to find permanent employment in the relaxed and aesthetically rewarding environment of the advertising field, led him to the colorful world of residential and commercial painting. When things were slow in the painting business he drew upon his knowledge of food and his formal education as a writer to create the book "Rochester's Best Places."

Mr. Basile not only wrote the book, but published it under his company Backhouse Press.

The book represents over two years of research into the restaurants, cafes, arts and entertainment of the city in which he was born and raised.