Portland >Basta's Trattoria
410 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.525700 -122.694283
Great place! Friendly staff, recommend the fritto misso and pizzas!
LISTEN TO ME- love Bastas!! Spaghetti and meats at it's purest and phenomenal! Quail and polenta what a delight, calamari not over cooked, excellent wine selection and cocktails. Inviting and warm atmosphere. Perfect place to cuddle up in a booth and enjoy soul satisfying food and conversation. Or sit up at the bar and engage in a lively conversation with the bartender.
Avoid this place, rude, stuck up service. The servers would rather be at home and should stay home.. Avoid this place at all costs if you think it is anything like Italy; warm, friendly and relaxed, it is NOT. They take themselves very seriously and are rude and stuck up. Went there last night. We were given the option of sitting in the lounge because we didn't have a reservation, this was fine with our group of 4. The server asked us to stand and wait while she cleaned the table and then she walked off while we stood waiting for her to clean the table. Dark haired girl with dark rimmed glasses. After a few minutes two of us sat down while the other two milled around feeling like idiots. The server returns and became all huffy because we sat, removed the glasses but left the cloth on the table. Five minutes pass so I wiped the table and put the cloth on the next empty table. The server then returns and starts wiping down the table. I told her "I have already wiped it down" to which she responds " Oh really and pointed to a tiny spot on the table." Really poor form and horribly rude!! By this time one of our party had managed to organize a table in the restaurant and so while we ordered a bottle of red wine, this seemed to somehow irritate the server even more than our presence. We moved to the table after a few minutes. The service and food in the restaurant was much better, but the evening had been ruined and none of the 4 of us would ever go back.
Great food and staff. Simple, I've always had great food at Bastas and have always had great service. I've tried almost everything on the menu including appetizers and cannot think of anything I didn't like. Recently tried the brunch and loved it.
High quality and affordable.
I've been to Basta's several times over the years -- often in combination with a trip to Cinema 21, which is just two block down. I went there for dinner with my wife and 22-year old son last week, and all three of were very pleased with out dinners. In addition, when we told the waiter that we had less than an hour before our movie, he made sure that our appetizers and entrees arrived in good time without making us feel rushed.
Best dish we had was my son's "tuttomare" which included a Cioppino-like mix of seafood (including whole clams) in a red sauce, all baked in a deep dish under a pastry shell.
Never go here....ever. Me and my girlfriend decided to try this place out the other night. We ordered through delivered dish and had it delivered to us. When the food arrived an hour later we were so excited to dig in. We were shocked of the size of the $14 dinner. We both just kind of stared at it like seriously? We both ordered the same thing (thyme cream chicken over penne), and it looked like they took one normal sized order and then divided it into two child's size boxes. We decided, however, to give the grub the benefit of the doubt. Maybe it might actually be astounding. If the food was good I would not have a problem with the small quantity, but the food was worse then at the olive garden, no wait, worse than the restaurant at ikea. The pasta obviously cheap and the sauce tasted exactly, I mean the essence of garlic butter spread, the stuff that comes in a tub that tastes impossibly processed. Not to mention the chicken which was few and far between and was insanely dry. How this place charges 14 dollars for a meal that is not only smaller then something on the children's menu at the olive garden, or any other mediocre chain but undeniably less enjoyable to eat is beyond me. Oh and how could I possible forget the bread. Supposedly it was garlic bread but the observation results were none other than a random block of dry french bread and some other kind of bread that literally took about a minute to chew one bite. So yeah, please do yourself a favor and never ever go to this restaurant.
Finally, a new twist on brunch. I went to Bastas for brunch this weekend. I've always been a big fan of their dinner menu and was delighted to hear that they were opening for brunch. Their menu is fantastic... finally something on offer instead of the usual tired Benedict or Omelette dishes you see everywhere. I had the Uova Tegamino (baked eggs) with a side of their home made chicken sausage - fantastic! My friend had the Polenta dumplings with sausage gravy. To die for. And you must try their belgian waffle. Ridiculously delicious. I'll definitely be making it a regular brunch destination.
Finally! Brunch at Basta's.
After 15 years of serving the best Italian dinners in Portland, owner and head chef Marco Frattaroli is finally offering his fine cuisine for brunch. Open Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm. The menu offers unique egg dishes from several regions throughout Italy as well as a few surprise fusions thrown in. I have been patron of Basta's since its first year and I have never been disappointed.
Bonus: they play old Movies in the Lounge at night- One of my favorite places to enjoy a bottle of red wine and dinner with friends.
Hope to see you there!
Best Italian Restaurant in Portland!!. I have enjoyed dinner at every Italian restaurant in Portland! I have visited Basta for years...it is STILL my favorite! I pride myself on knowing the latest-greatest new restaurants in our awesome city...and this one roKs my world! Make sure you tell Marco "hi", he is super cool. Hip, swanky drinks, and beautiful Portland people....we are so lucky to have Basta in our town. Mangiamo!
YUM!. Consistant great food great service great everything, they even have parking, in the nob hill area!!
Best Happy Hour!. We consistently receive good food and good service at this restaurant. We have been going for years. I would highly recommend this place. Best Appetizer is there Mussels (my favorite)!
Wonderful small plates!. Food is delicious & attention to detail is never overlooked. The best martini I have ever had (italian vodka with a blue cheese stuffed olive)
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