Basta Pasta

Restaurants , Italian Flatiron
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Originally part of a Tokyo-based chain, Basta Pasta draws a predominantly Asian clientele to the pink-linened dining room, facing an open kitchen. Seared foie gras perched atop a brilliant saffron risotto cake mimics a luxe piece of sushi (it’s too small but dazzling). Mussels, clams, shrimp and squid are bathed in tomato sauce and piled over spaghetti; lobster salad with snap peas and a lemon aioli is charmingly springlike, and a nice preface to heftier entrées like grilled sea bass or braised short ribs. Service is gracious and personable, and thank-yous from the staff abound.
Venue name: Basta Pasta
Address: 37 W 17th St
New York
Cross street: between Fifth and Sixth Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Fri noon–2:30pm, 6–11pm; Sat 6–11pm; Sun 5–10pm
Transport: Subway: F to 14th St, L to Sixth Ave
Price: Average main course: $18. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Japanese pasta! Speaks to my heart. I went with two other friends and we went to town ordering multiple appetizers (braised octopus, duck breast), three pastas (uni pasta, spaghetti in a cheese wheel, handkerchief pasta), and lamb chops. I also ordered this non-alcoholic drink that was delicious. People unfamiliar with Japanese Italian food may be a little hesitant about the combination, but trust me it's worth checking out. Make a reservation if you plan to come - this place gets very busy.


Think of it as Japanese-Italian fusion in which the pastas are a "cleaner" and lighter version of what people may think of as authentic Italian cuisine. I personally prefer these pastas over the classics because of the different tastes. I recommend the uni pasta for any uni lovers and the spaghetti with prosciutto is a classic because you get to watch your pasta being made inside of a cheese wheel.