Basta Pasta, North Quincy
Had dinner Wednesday night and it was a very good experience all around.
Homemeade fusilli with meatballs was spot on. The fusilli is light and airy and the meatballs were some of the best I have eaten. They had the right combo of meat and filler, so that they were not heavy in the least. The portion was very large and vey easily could have fed 2. My husband had the prosciutto panini, which he liked but was not overly thrilled with. He said it could have used more filling and less bread. We shared a Caesar salad, which was ample for 2. Lettuce was extremely fresh and dressed with a light touch.
Hostess and waitstaff were all friendly and efficient. I had read reports of it being cold inside, but I did not find that to be the case Wednesday night. It was actually pleasantly toasty.
The pizza looked delicious going by to another table. A friend of mine reports that he will only get his pizza from the North End and said now he doesn't have to make the trip, because he finds the pizza hear to be excellent.
Goos news is that they are doing take out now. I spoke with the manager and he said they have replaced most of the original staff and now have a kitchen that can handle the extra volume.
We are planning on getting pizza for take tonight.
I went last night with a friend after seeing it listed as "Best of New" in the Boston Globe. When we arrived there was a wait but we grabbed seats at the bar and had a drink (which are nicely priced). We were seated at a table in the middle of the dining room and the table next to us was like 3 inches away from ours (not exagerating). We then waited about 20 mins for a server to approach our table and take our order. It seemed like there were only 2 servers for the entire restaurant so it probably wasn't her fault that she couldn't get to us sooner; it was packed. My friend ordered the greek salad and the mussel appetizer as her entree. The server asked her what kind of dressing she'd like for her greek salad and she replied "greek or italian" which they didn't have. Wierd. I ordered the beet salad with arugula & goat cheese. It was nicely dressed but there were way too many beets and not enough arugula. The portions are quite large. For my entree I had the shrimp scampi which was pretty flavorless. Overall a pretty disappointing experience. I saw that they had a wood buring oven so I may go back to try the pizza.
150 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171
I called them on Friday for a take out pizza. It was an hour wait and they offered to call me 15 minutes before it went into the oven. They did call about 45 minute later to say it would be another 30 minutes, not 15, and did I still want it. I appreciated the updates and the pizza was fantastic.
Agreed, the pizza is really good! They have a brick oven, which makes all the difference between the pizza from the Quincy location vs. the Cambridge location.
Thanks for reporting back on the take-out! That's great news! We've gone three times since they opened in November and have enjoyed every meal immensely.