After months of planning, and hearing numerous great things about Basta Pasta; my friends and I were finally able to get a dinner reservation for Sunday (it was tremendously difficult to get a Fri/Sat dinner reservations). The restaurant/food itself is very appealing. Serving a full range of traditional hearty Italian dishes, prepared in a meticulous Japanese style.
Any how, upon walking into Basta Pasta you notice that it doesn’t have quite the same New York restaurant feel to it. There’s actually light! The fast-paced, independent New York attitude is substituted with warm calm laughter of people in good company. When you look across the room, you see a crowd that is predominately Asian. What’s also interesting is that I seem to have noticed that the majority of the diners were older – around the same age as my parents. This was a shock to me, especially knowing my parents; who possess a very conservative Chinese palate. Always thinking Italian food is too cheesy, too greasy, too oily, etc.
Why hello there. You’re such a tease. Disclaimer : I’m talking about the cheese wheel not the girl
We were given a wide assortment of delicious bread, paired with a fruity Olive Oil. The bread sticks were simply phenomenal.Pesce Crudo – Australian Yellowtail Carpaccio with Lime Wasabi, Sliced Radishes, and Apple Chutney.Insalata D’Anatra – Applewood Smoked Sliced Duck Breast with Watercress and Arugula Salad. Absolutely delicious, some of the best prepared duck that I’ve ever had.
Risotto con Gamberi e Funghi – Risotto with Shrimp and 3 kinds of MushroomsPreparing a dish tableside by tossing warm pasta and cream sauce in a Parmesan wheel and then topping with freshly sliced Prosciutto.Spaghetti con Prosciutto e Parmigiano – Spaghetti with Parmigiano Reggiano and Parma Prosciutto Spaghetti ai Ricci di Mare – Spaghetti with fresh Sea Urchin, Serrano Peppers, Fresh Tomatoes and Basil in Garlic Oil
Instead of getting 3 individual entrees, we all decided to share; making it a small pasta tasting menu. Along with my friend, I wish they seasoned the pasta a little better with more pepper and a pinch of salt. Besides that, all the dishes were well prepared and creative paired with great service.
Basta Pasta Scores:
Restaurant Environment: 8.5/10