Basta Pasta!

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.

The sign that greets you when you first enter Basta Pasta.

Morgue like storage doors line the entrance around the bar.

Seeing this wheel of cheese left me in a state of ecstasy. Excuse the cliche, but I was like a kid on Christmas day.

Why hello there. You’re such a tease. Disclaimer : I’m talking about the cheese wheel not the girl

The daily specials at Basta Pasta.Asian inspired Decor.

Some white wine before the meal.

Amuse Bouche – Marscapone/Goat Cheese spread over Baguette

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

Basta Pasta Original Tiramisu

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:

Food: 8.5/10

Restaurant Environment: 8.5/10

Service: 9/10

Overall: 8.5/10

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