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pjr Oct 19, 2009 08:34 AM

Basta Pasta opened today @ 11;30am.

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    Pegmeister Dec 13, 2009 04:02 PM

    I really have been wanting to give this place another try but now the hours aren't even working for me. It seems that they are closing after lunch at 2:30 and reopening at 5:00. I thought getting out at 3:00 was going to work for me but its not happening. Unfortunately, they are totally missing the afterwork crowd, as well as, someone like me who would definitely do a weekly takeout Add to that they are not open for lunch on Saturday or Sunday and have, IMO, lost total visibaility. Sadly, I think it will go the way of Fireflys, another Quncy establishment with similar hours that hasn't had many cars in its parking lot over the past year. Guess I'm selfish, but I want a restaurant that is actually convenient.

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    1. re: Pegmeister
      CocoDan Dec 14, 2009 05:03 AM

      I'm with you Peg; a large part of the formula for a restaurant is convenience. I'm not sure they quite get it. I personally think they have a shot to do a good business in a bad economy, but I'll be surprised if they make it. Not because they don't have good food, but because they just don't get it.
      CocoDan

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        C. Hamster Dec 14, 2009 07:46 AM

        How can they NOT get it?

        I don't get THAT.

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          pasta Dec 14, 2009 12:44 PM

          I called Friday night to inquire if they were doing take out yet. They said yes, "if we aren't too busy in the dining room".

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            CocoDan Dec 15, 2009 05:17 AM

            C. Hamster, Hellooo! This is exactly what I'm talking about "not getting it". You either get it or NOT. If you don't see what I mean I'll buy you a drink at The Fat Cat, and explain. I'm sure I'll see you there anyway.
            CocoDan

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              C. Hamster Dec 15, 2009 08:09 AM

              CD

              I am AGREEING with you! Perhaps not clearly....

              How stupid or slothful need you be that you don't respond to obvious needs and opportunities of running a business. A business you presumably CHOSE to be in?

              I will, of course, take the drink at Fat Cat anyway! :-)

    2. CocoDan Dec 1, 2009 04:51 AM

      Had an early dinner there Sunday evening and found it pretty good. Salads were well portioned and fresh. Balsamic dressing on the garden salad was tasty and didn't taste bottled. Magarita pizza was a little undercooked and could have used more toppings. Tomato sauce was a little bland. However, good enough to make me want to try the other pizza variations. We prefer "Carmine's". House Cab was a very good buy at $5/glass.

      The new interior was pleasing and comfortable for Enoteca style dining. Aluminum framed chairs with teak slat seats and backs. Butcherblock style tables. Dark wood trim with Tuscan yellow walls. Plenty of windows gives this place an open and airy feel. Good size bar with a welcoming presence along the back wall of the dining room. We'll be back to try the pasta. Diners at the next table were happy with theirs.
      Enjoy,
      CocoDan

      1. jgleeche Nov 27, 2009 09:14 PM

        I used to frequent Basta Pasta Cambridge a lot when Altin and Reno first started Basta Pasta in Cambridge. I'm generally a big fan of Reno's cooking, and thus I was anticipating this restaurant for quite some time.

        In the past two weeks, I've visited twice. Over all, I think it's a great restaurant. The food is good, the portions are really generous compared to the prices. The space is also pretty nice. Both times I went (once on a Friday, once on a Wednesday), it was very crowded. We had to wait about 15 minutes on Friday before being seated.

        We tried four appetizers. Sauteed calamari with garlic, capers, olives, and tomato sauce ($6.95), Sauteed Shrimp and Clams [this was a special because they had run out of PEI mussels, which are usually on the menu], grilled shrimp and arugula salad [this was the special of the day], and the Mini Arancinis ($5.50) - deep fried rice balls stuffed with Fontina cheese.

        We have had the sauteed calamari and Mini Arancinis many times in Cambridge, and they both tasted the same here. The calamari has great flavor, and tastes especially good with the grilled flat bread that comes with the dish. The Mini Arancinis are really good too. Eat it quickly though! I waited too long to eat mine and it had turned cold and soggy. It's delicious when it's fresh.

        We thought the shrimp was just slightly overcooked in the Shrimp and Arugula salad, although it was perfectly cooked in the Sauteed Shrimp and Clams, which we all agreed was the best appetizer. The flavors in this dish were beautifully fragrant, with that aromatic broth you can only get from seafood. Long after the shellfish was eaten, we continued to dip bread into the broth. Yum.

        I ordered the special of the day: Butternut Squash ravioli in a Brown butter Sage sauce ($18). These were clearly homemade, and the texture was incredible. I couldn't stop chewing it! The mushrooms were also very flavorful, having absorbed much flavors from the sauce. The arugula added a nice peppery balance to the dish. I really loved it. Yum.

        Another person ordered the Frutti di Mare with Linguini ($18.95). The seafood was fresh, and the flavors were solid. Yet another person ordered the same dish with the fusilli, which is their homemade pasta. The texture of the fusilli is really good and totally worth the extra $1.95.

        We also tried the brick oven pizza. It's actually better than the pizza at the Cambridge location, mostly because The Cambridge location does not have a brick oven. The pizzas are smaller here though (personal sized).

        We tried the Homemade Cannoli ($4) and the Homemade Tiramisu ($5). Both are solid, though not as good at the ones you can find in the North End. The cannoli has a pretty good shell - solid with a hefty crunch. The filling was pretty good and not too sweet. Each order comes with 2 cannolis.

        We also tried the Homemade Tiramisu, which definitely had a strong rum flavor (maybe just a tad too strong). I thought it was OK - there are lots of tiramisus that I like better than this one. It could be a matter of personal preference, I'm no sure. This tiramisu is still not bad, just nothing special.

        Over all, the food's good and we always bring home tons of leftovers since they are really generous with the portion sizes. I definitely plan on returning every so often, even if it's a bit of a drive for me (since I'm in Cambridge).

        http://www.tinyurbankitchen.com/

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        1. re: jgleeche
          SeaSide Tomato Nov 30, 2009 08:01 AM

          Sounds great!

          I went for the first time last week with a friend for lunch. I had the special of duck breast and confit leg Rosemary/Duck fat Fires [like I needed such a meal two days before Thanksgivng!!!]. It was terrific. The duck was perfectly cooked-both breast and leg. Friend's dish of Chicken Parm was very good (I did not taste-sigh) and enough for lunch and dinner later that night.

          I can't wait to go back and try more!

          1. re: jgleeche
            Luther Nov 30, 2009 02:40 PM

            The pizza at the Cambridge location isn't bad because of the oven. It's bad because the dough is underdeveloped, undersalted, and the quality control is poor- you have to use properly proofed dough or toss it when it's been sitting too long.

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            MandyKate Nov 15, 2009 06:45 PM

            I have eaten there twice already. SUPER INEXPENSIVE, especially for what you get. There are about 15 different pasta options, four rissotto options, wood fired pizzas, and paninis. Great inexpensive wine list and appetizer options. The arancini (rice balls) are fantastic. Definitely get the homeade fusilli pasta. It's amazing!! A lot of times you can't even get homemade pasta in the north end so this speaks volumes of this Quincy italian restaurant- they definitely know what they are doing. The waitstaff was on point. They have a great bar to wait at while you are waiting to be seated. I will be back several times a year!! Can't beat the price, service and food. This is the kind of place you go to when you don't feel like eating at home but don't want to go too far or spend too much to get something great to eat. Way better than Tullio's ever was even with the original owners. definitely GO HERE!

            PS:
            I have eaten at some of the most expensive restaurants in Boston frequently and I think it's silly that people are upset about the whole "take out" thing- they do it, they don't, whatever. Maybe it's just not that kind of place. Try the Outback and good luck with that. I heard there's a million sub shops in Quincy! Bon apetit!

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              Pegmeister Nov 16, 2009 03:50 AM

              Welcome new poster. I can't help but wonder if you happen to work there? I'm also curious why you would only go several times a year if it's that tremendous? That said, I'll proably give it another try, although $9 for a house merlot is not inexpensive IMO.

              1. re: Pegmeister
                C. Hamster Nov 16, 2009 09:55 AM

                LOL, peg!

              2. re: MandyKate
                kobuta Nov 16, 2009 08:55 AM

                I think Alfredo's in Quincy also serves (and sells) homemade pasta. Not a comparison of what's better, but just to point out that Basta Pasta isn't unique in this aspect in Quincy at least.

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                150 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171

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                  CookieLee Nov 16, 2009 10:14 AM

                  There is the Alfredo's store in Quincy Sq that sells fresh and frozen items, as well as dry goods. Do you mean the restaurant sells homemade past as well?

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                    SeaSide Tomato Nov 16, 2009 10:49 AM

                    FYI--some of the pasts's at Gennaro's are home made (the clearly hand-shaped, delicious fusilli comes to mind and are "wicked"--and I mean flippin' wicked--good!

                    1. re: SeaSide Tomato
                      typhoonfish Nov 16, 2009 11:43 AM

                      I used to do deliveries to Gennaro's for my aunt's paper company early in the morning. Gerry would be making everything from scratch early in the morning every time I was there. For my money, I still think they are the best. I haven't tried Basta yet.

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                        CookieLee Nov 16, 2009 05:29 PM

                        Oh, I know that! I just don't get the opportunity to go there these days. I think we'll have to make a special trip.

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                  foodie_the_cat Oct 29, 2009 10:09 AM

                  I just took out an Italiano Pollo panini and an order of canoli for lunch 10 minutes ago. The panini is huge and I am splitting with my coworker . I liked the panini, the bread is the rustic ciabatta, not as oily/greasy as ficaccia. the filling (pesto sauce, grilledchicken, mozzarella, etc) is just right (Not as salty as Panera Bread). 2 big canoli per order ($4) are also good. the filling seemed a bit runny but the shell is crispy.

                  the kitchen and the order taking seem to be still trying to work out the kinks. While I was waiting, all the eat-in orders are on panini - so that must be good at least for now.

                  I will defnitely come back to try their pasta and pizza...it will be a good take-out place when I don't feel like cooking.

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                    pjr Oct 30, 2009 03:05 PM

                    Basta Pasta's Quincy's new website is"
                    www.bastapastaenoteca.com/
                    :

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                    Basta Pasta
                    150 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171

                    1. re: pjr
                      kobuta Oct 30, 2009 04:38 PM

                      What's up with the no takeout after 5pm? Menu certainly doesn't make it look like they're striving for the fine dining market and encouraging everyone to eat there. Seems like they'd only be limiting their own business. That immediate area is close to several apartment complexes, which house a lot of young professionals and students - many of whom would probably visit for takeout more often than always wanting to dine in.

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                        FeastNut2008 Oct 31, 2009 07:52 AM

                        I stopped in for take out last week at 7 p.m. and was shocked when they said that they didn't do take out after 5 p.m. Bad business decision. I left and did not give them any of my money. I still want to try it, but we need some good Italian take out in Quincy -- not the cookie cutter pizza place with sub-par pasta on the menu.

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                          kobuta Oct 31, 2009 12:34 PM

                          Yeah, boggles the mind. I would've at least tried for takeout since I'm only minutes away myself. Oh wells, guess they don't need my business.

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                            EmmaFrances Nov 2, 2009 05:30 AM

                            That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. What kind of place with pizza doesn't even let you get a pizza to go? I was hoping this place could be added to my rotation, but this attitude is strangely off-putting.

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                              Blumie Nov 2, 2009 05:37 AM

                              Why is everyone assuming it's an "attitude" issue? Some kitchens just don't have the capacity properly to service in-house diners and take out orders. So rather than piss everyone off by doing it badly, doesn't it make a lot of sense not to do it at all? If they serve delicious food in their dining room, why would you avoid eating there just because they don't also do takeout?

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                                kobuta Nov 2, 2009 05:55 AM

                                Quincy is home to a lot of single professionals, who may not want to sit in and eat after a long day of work. Makes sense to me. The stretch they are in is more residential than commercial - offering takeout is good business sense. If they're doing takeout at lunch - which should get busy with the nearby businesses of State St, BDS, etc. - then they will need to handle high volume takeout.

                                This is not to suggest that when I want to dine in, I'd snub this place. But dine-in for me means visiting a few times a year. If they did take out, they might actually get my business a few times a month.

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                                  Blumie Nov 2, 2009 06:33 AM

                                  You're missing the point. I'm not arguing that there is not a potentially strong market for a good takeout business in Quincy, I'm suggesting that perhaps they've made the decision that it's a capacity issue -- perhaps they just don't have the capacity in the kitchen to service the takeout business. This is pure speculation on my part, but given the strong takeout business they do in Cambridge, I don't know why else they would make this decision. But in any event, I certainly would not avoid a restaurant simply because they did not offer takeout. That's just silly.

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                                    Pegmeister Nov 2, 2009 06:58 AM

                                    I was going to agree with you about the "attitude" thing, but take a look at their website. Right there in bold letters NO TAKEOUT AFTER 5:00. Probably would have been best to tone it down. For me, I can still get take out because I get out of work so early.

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                                      kobuta Nov 2, 2009 09:45 AM

                                      Peg they heard you! They changed the website...

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                                        Pegmeister Nov 2, 2009 11:29 AM

                                        That's cool. It shows they are listening and maybe they'll change their policy.

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                                          EmmaFrances Nov 2, 2009 11:58 AM

                                          They also added a "for now" in front of the policy, which I hope means that they will consider changing it in the future. It just seems unusual for a place that serves pizza. I won't discount them entirely, but like others, I'm more inclined to do take out on a regular basis than eat in, and I was looking forward to another option.

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                                      kobuta Nov 2, 2009 09:49 AM

                                      Actually I got your point in the first note. The irony is that I would think they might be busier during lunch hours due to the bigger corporate offices a few streets down (hence why I find it odd not to offer takeout for dinner too).

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                                        typhoonfish Nov 2, 2009 10:08 AM

                                        With a new baby, the only way we're going to eat there is with take out.
                                        Gennaro's will stay top dog, I guess

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                                          pjr Nov 2, 2009 04:14 PM

                                          They are limiting take out until they get settled. When things are running more smoothly they said they would expand take out hours.

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                                            CookieLee Nov 16, 2009 05:02 AM

                                            I haven't been to Gennaro's for so long! I'm not in Quincy anymore, and I miss going there, and getting pizza from the Alumni, and goodies from Kam mkt...

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                          winq Nov 5, 2009 11:34 AM

                          I went with my family, and it was decent, but still needs some work. One odd thing is that there are no non-starch entrees (all entrees are pizza or pasta). The table bread is ok, but not awesome. The Caesar salad was ok, but the leaves weren't dried properly so the dressing got slightly watered down, and the grated cheese was grated a while ago by someone far away. The homemade fusilli has a great texture and taste, and the red sauce is decent, although a bit heavy on the oregano. And the ravioli was decent, but not fresh made. The meat balls were good. But the one big problem we had was the Aglio Olio sauce was way too garlicy, even for someone who loves tons of garlic raw or cooked. (They did take it off the bill after my wife couldn't eat it and we complained.)

                          They did have a fair amount of business and apparently only we were confused about which door to use, it was a bit loud inside especially since the side door was open for temperature reasons but the train goes right by there.

                          So, not either perfect or cheap, but worth going to again for us.

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                          Basta Pasta
                          150 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171

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                          Pegmeister Oct 29, 2009 04:45 AM

                          Not real busy last night at 6:00. There was no one at the bar and maybe 10 people dining at tables. I really only sampled the meatball sandwich so not much to make a post about. Sandwich was okay, bread held up to the meatballs, but the sauce needed something. House wine was $9 for a Blackstone merlot which I thought was a little over the top for the less than generous pour. All in all I would give it another shot, although probably just for a takeout since it's minutes from my house. My first impression is that this place is a step above your average sub shop.

                          1. mangorita Oct 21, 2009 01:26 PM

                            I look forward to hearing reviews for the new location. We've been waiting for a good Italian place in the area. Their menu looks promising.

                            http://www.bastapastacambridge.com/qu...

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                            Basta Pasta
                            150 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171

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                              Chocomom Oct 21, 2009 04:45 AM

                              Has anyone tried it yet?

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                                typhoonfish Oct 21, 2009 05:01 AM

                                It's 2 minutes from my house, I'm giving them at least a month to iron out the kinks.

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                                  Chocomom Oct 21, 2009 01:09 PM

                                  Great, I'll await your review before I give it a try.

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                                    Blumie Oct 21, 2009 01:23 PM

                                    A month? This ain't fine dining. This is pasta and sauce.

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                                      Gabatta Oct 22, 2009 03:51 PM

                                      I was just about to post this verbatim when I read your post... Also the price point is quite low, so not a lot of risk to giving it a try.

                                  2. re: Chocomom
                                    Delhiwala Oct 21, 2009 09:45 AM

                                    Yesterday around 7:30 pm I went by the place, and the parking lot was full.

                                  3. C. Hamster Oct 19, 2009 09:18 AM

                                    I looked in the other thread but couldnt tell where exactly it is ....

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                                      Delhiwala Oct 19, 2009 09:26 AM

                                      It is in North Quincy on Hancock Street, just north of the North Qunicy MBTA stop.

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                                        Pegmeister Oct 19, 2009 10:01 AM

                                        The old Tullio's location.

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                                          C. Hamster Oct 19, 2009 11:39 AM

                                          THANKS!

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