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Oct 19, 2009 08:34 AM

Basta Pasta Quincy Is Open

Basta Pasta opened today @ 11;30am.

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

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    1. re: C. Hamster

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

        1. re: Chocomom

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

          1. re: typhoonfish

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

            1. re: typhoonfish

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

              1. re: Blumie

                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

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

            3. 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.


              Basta Pasta
              150 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171

              1. 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. 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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                  1. re: foodie_the_cat

                    Basta Pasta's Quincy's new website is"

                    Basta Pasta
                    150 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171

                    1. re: pjr

                      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.

                      1. re: kobuta

                        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.

                        1. re: FeastNut2008

                          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.

                          1. re: kobuta

                            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.

                            1. re: EmmaFrances

                              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?

                              1. re: Blumie

                                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.

                                1. re: kobuta

                                  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.

                                  1. re: Blumie

                                    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.

                                    1. re: Pegmeister

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

                                      1. re: kobuta

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

                                        1. re: Pegmeister

                                          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.

                                    2. re: Blumie

                                      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).

                                      1. re: kobuta

                                        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

                                        1. re: typhoonfish

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

                                          1. re: typhoonfish

                                            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...

                        2. re: foodie_the_cat

                          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.

                          Basta Pasta
                          150 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171