37 West 17th Street New York, NY 10011
On January 7th, 2014 which was possibly the coldest day of the year, Will and I celebrated our third year anniversary at Basta Pasta. I was excited because I have been wanting to come to this restaurant for a long time since I've heard a lot of good things about it.
I envisioned the restaurant to be dim and elegant, but it was bright, warm, and modern. I love the nice, open kitchen because you can see all the chefs working and cooking. I also liked how when we arrived, a gentleman took our coats to hang in the back so we can eat more comfortably.
|Bread & Breadsticks|
I love how every piece of food was plated neatly and nicely. I liked the smokey taste of the duck breast and it was perfectly sliced, but a little chewy. I've never had duck like this before so this was a different experience for me. There was a bit of acidity in the salad as I ate the arugula and watercress.
|Ravioli Di Vitello, Proscuitto E Mozzarella|
|Crespelle Con Funghi E Ricotta|
Next, we decided to order two desserts to share. I was crossing my fingers and hoped that the dessert wouldn't disappoint me like the entrees did.
I've had warm cocoa sponge cake with melted chocolate before, but nothing compare to this.
Ain't that sexy? Moving along, this dessert was really top notch! The warm sponge cake and melted chocolate was soft, velvety, and as I said before: luscious and warm! I never had vanilla gelato, but it was delicious and liked the bits of fruits too. I really and truly enjoyed my dessert.
In my opinion, I wasn't 100% thrilled with Basta Pasta. I mean I've heard a lot of great things about it, but maybe it's just a little overrated. i have been waiting and waiting to try this restaurant out and I am glad I did, but like I said the food was mediocre, certainly didn't make us smile or "wow" us afterwards.I didn't love Basta Pasta nor did I hate it. Will and I probably will not be back here anytime in the near future. We just think we've been to better Italian restaurants.