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Any update on Basta Pasta coming to Quincy?

FeastNut2008 Jun 13, 2009 07:44 AM

Has anyone heard of an opening date or if this is still happening?

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  1. enhF94 RE: FeastNut2008 Jun 13, 2009 09:17 AM

    I presume you're discussing JP Basta Pasta, not Cambridge's Western Ave Basta?

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      FeastNut2008 RE: enhF94 Jun 13, 2009 11:29 AM

      I am pretty sure it is the Cambridge one...there was an article in the Patriot Ledger a few months back about it opening in Quincy.

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        enhF94 RE: FeastNut2008 Jun 13, 2009 12:44 PM

        Whoa. I'll ask 'em next time I'm in.

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        robertlf RE: enhF94 Jun 13, 2009 07:19 PM

        JP as in Japan or Jamaica Plain? Basta Pasta is a famous chain of pasta restaurants in Japan. Doubtful they would ever open up in Quincy. The only other Basta Pasta I know is the on in Cambridge. I've only been once. It was good but I didn't think it was anything great. Maybe I just didn't try the right dishes...

        BTW - There is a branch of the Japanese Basta Pasta in NYC:


        1. re: robertlf
          enhF94 RE: robertlf Jun 14, 2009 05:23 AM

          I was referring to Jamaica Plain. Wow, lots of confusion here!

          But here's the link to the Patriot Ledger, which answers some of my key questions: yes, it's the Cambridge brothers; yes, the Cambridge spot looks like it'll stay open. Looking for a liquor license, too, I see. How exciting.

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            kobuta RE: enhF94 Jun 14, 2009 08:31 AM

            What space are they looking at in Quincy?

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              hiddenboston RE: kobuta Jun 15, 2009 08:11 AM

              See my post below.

      3. hiddenboston RE: FeastNut2008 Jun 13, 2009 05:03 PM

        I heard today that it may be opening within a month or two. BTW, the new one looks to be opening on Hancock Street in North Quincy in the old Tullio's spot.

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          Delhiwala RE: hiddenboston Jun 15, 2009 11:29 AM

          FYI - I drove by the old Tullio's place in North Qunicy over the weekend and it had no signs up to indicate that Basta was coming.

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            Pegmeister RE: Delhiwala Jun 15, 2009 11:37 AM

            I noticed that as well, and it doesn't look like there has been any activity there.

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              CocoDan RE: Pegmeister Jun 15, 2009 11:51 AM

              But it does have a building permit displayed.

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                Pegmeister RE: CocoDan Jun 15, 2009 12:12 PM

                Well, that's promising!! I for one am really looking forward to Basta Pasta. Never was a fan of Tullio's.

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                  Delhiwala RE: Pegmeister Jun 15, 2009 02:03 PM

                  I agree on all of your points. North Quincy needs a nice Italian place to eat.

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                    CocoDan RE: Pegmeister Jun 16, 2009 06:02 AM

                    I'm not familiar with B.P., but also agree that Quincy needs a good Italian restaurant. We're not fond of any of the Quincy Italian offerings, and almost always look elsewhere when in need of an Italian fix. Our cheap/good eats go to spot is the Venetian in Weymouth. Decent red sauces, and very enjoyable pizza. And my wife loves the pork chops w/ vinegar peppers. Hard to beat at their prices.

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                      Pegmeister RE: CocoDan Jun 16, 2009 06:27 AM

                      Quincy is sorely lacking in choices for Italian. I still haven't tried the new place in the square, Celia's, though. I like the food at Gennaro's well enough, but I always feeled rushed there and they don't have a bar. Alfredo's has it's followers, but I just don't seem to be one of them. Villa Rosa IMHO doesn't even deserve a mention. Generally, I hop on the Red Line and go into the North End.

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                EmmaFrances RE: Delhiwala Jun 16, 2009 05:19 AM

                I've noticed work going on since the spring - construction dumpster in the parking lot, exterior painting, etc. At least that's what I can see from the Red Line!

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                  Ozland RE: EmmaFrances Oct 9, 2009 08:09 AM

                  Basta Pasta Quincy should be opening next week. I was there yesterday and spoke with the owners. They have done a fantastic job and will be offering a menu similar to the cambridge location... The new place looks fantastic. Go check it out...

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                    pesto RE: Ozland Oct 11, 2009 05:19 AM

                    I have never been to the Cambridge location, but it seems from the web site that there is no table service. Is that true and do you know if that will be the situation in Quincy?

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                      Blumie RE: pesto Oct 13, 2009 10:41 AM

                      There are a handful of tables at the Cambridge location.

                    2. re: Ozland
                      jgleeche RE: Ozland Oct 11, 2009 06:35 PM

                      I was planning on checking out the new Quincy Basta Pasta on Friday night (Oct 9), but I e-mailed the restaurant just to make sure they were open. Reno, one of the owners, e-mailed me back within an hour to tell me that they were not open yet, but were hoping to open next week. Can't wait!

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                        pasta RE: jgleeche Oct 13, 2009 09:23 AM

                        Is it a sit down or just take out?

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                          kobuta RE: pasta Oct 13, 2009 10:45 AM

                          Tullio's had decent sized dining room (plus a downstairs). I'd be surprised if they didn't have tables. Not sure that translates to table service though.

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                            kbarry1726 RE: kobuta Oct 13, 2009 12:05 PM

                            I work just around the corner and have been anxiously awaiting their opening. After peering in, it looks like there's at least 15 tables plus what appears to be a full bar with flatscreen TVs (which were on Friday night -- sadly the restaurant wasn't open). Clean, modern look with dark wood and not a lot of decorations.

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                              jgleeche RE: kbarry1726 Oct 13, 2009 02:46 PM

                              I have the same question as pasta. When you peer in, does it look like counter service or does it look like it will be full service?

              3. CocoDan RE: FeastNut2008 Oct 14, 2009 07:26 AM

                Drove by last night. Quiet as a closed church.

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                  pjr RE: CocoDan Oct 15, 2009 04:06 AM

                  I called the Cambridge Basta and they said the Quincy Basta would be open in
                  2 weeks. One has to wonder why there has been one delay after another.

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                    kayjaydee RE: pjr Oct 15, 2009 06:39 AM

                    I stopped by the first weekend it was supposed to be open and spoke with the folks inside. They indicated that there were some delays in scheduling some inspections with the fire department, etc. This being Quincy, that's not a surprise.

                  2. re: CocoDan
                    hiddenboston RE: CocoDan Oct 15, 2009 07:23 AM

                    I drove by early last night and the lot was full and the lights were on. When I drove by a couple of hours later, it was dead as a doornail and dark. Perhaps it was a staff meeting or something.

                  3. CocoDan RE: FeastNut2008 Oct 15, 2009 07:29 AM

                    No matter when it opens, I'd give it at least a month. Going sooner is a recipe (ahem!) for disaster. I don't want them experimenting on me. Let everyone who has to be first put up with the burn-in. Well, enough (basta) of that.

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                    1. re: CocoDan
                      pjr RE: CocoDan Oct 19, 2009 08:17 AM

                      Basta Pasta in Quincy is opening today 10/19 @ 11:30am.

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