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plriddler Feb 23, 2005 01:17 PM

Just wondering if anyone has eaten at Basta Trattoria in New Haven yet? I've seen (and heard) some good reviews, but wanted to get some more thoughts.

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    lsnhc RE: plriddler Feb 23, 2005 04:37 PM

    I have not eaten there, but some friends have and said it was quite good. The New Haven Advocate was not kind to it in its review, admitting the food was good but the prices were far too ambitious for the ambiance and service - very informal dining at prices comparable to Roomba, Union League, and Ibiza.

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      vonmoishe RE: lsnhc Feb 24, 2005 08:00 AM

      I would absolutely agree with the review. Food was decent to good, and prices were ridiculous. Everything on the menu would have been a good deal had the prices been about 30-40% cheaper. Like I said before, $24 for a mediocre plate of monkfish is nuts.

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        PAUL RE: vonmoishe Mar 12, 2005 10:11 PM

        I PERSONALLY COULD NOT FIND FOOD PREPAIRD WITH MORE RESPECT AND CARE AND YOU SHOULD HAVE TO PAY MORE MONEY FOR WILD LINE CAUGHT FISH THAN FARM RAISED FISH
        THAT ISN'T EVEN HEALTHY FOR YOU AND THE ADVOCATE NEVER EVEN ADDRESSED THAT YOU CAN SAVE EVEN MORE MONEY IF YOU EAT A FISH SANDWICH AT MCDONALDS
        YOU PAY FOR WHAT YOU GET.

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      Paul RE: plriddler Mar 12, 2005 09:58 PM

      The restaurant is rite out of Europe, fresh caught
      wild fish, free roaming organic chicken, aged black angis beef,I have had home made pasta twice that was great organic greens the best extra virgen olive oil I have tasted there are 10 or 11 tables and a hand painted fresco on the cieling you can watch the chefs cook through a large demo windo. Sometimes hard to get in and a little high end but well worth the money!!!

      1. cheereeo RE: plriddler May 24, 2007 09:45 PM

        Dined at Basta tonight and I thought it was just fabulous. It was almost at capacity when I arrived at 7:30 PM on a Thursday night. At dinner's end, there were only a few tables filled. Bread was clearly homemade probably from next door, served with roasted garlic. We shared a Caprese salad that was delicious and hearty--tomatos were actually ripe and mozz was very fresh. I had their Nantucket scallops with an incredible lemon sauce---cooked to perfection. My friends had Salmon Verde that they liked very much and another had chicken caesar salad--know it is boring but she wasn't hungry. I thought prices were extremely fair. My scallop dish came with about 8-10 scallops that were cooked perfectly--melt-in-your mouth delectable,beautifully presented. All staff were very accommodating and gracious, down-to-earth. Claire Criscuolo and her husband and two friends were dining there; we complimented her on our way out--she was extremely friendly and personable--just like when you get to meet her at her Cornercopia shop next door. I would definitely recommend. Definitely go again. A ton of fish dishes, and their specials all sounded wonderful too. Small area for outdoor seating on the sidewalk outside.

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