Lunch At Basta Pasta
An Italian restaurant that was established in Tokyo, Japan but then found a second home in the Flatiron area of New York City???? Yes, you heard me correctly! The restaurateur behind this establishment is Toshi Suzuki, and he is a native of Japan, and he is also the man behind Bar B as well. The concept behind Basta Pasta is an open kitchen design that allows you to see the creation of your meal. Although Basta Pasta is not heavy on social media or marketing, it hard to not know what they are famous for, which is their Spaghetti Con Prosciutto E Parmigiano. The pasta dish that will be delivered to your table in a half wheel of Parmesan cheese and tossed in it before being served to you. I am sure you have seen an Instagram post or two. If not, feel free to click here and see several videos and photos associated with the restaurant.
I recently stopped in for lunch this past week and was pleasantly surprised to see they have a $20 prix fixe menu. The Prix fixe menu includes an appetizer (soup or salad), a pasta entree, dessert, and to finish your meal off in true European fashion you can have coffee, tea, or espresso. Of course, their signature pasta was not on the prix fixe menu, but I decided to give the penne pasta with mushrooms and bacon a try. Their lunch portions are not only filling but an orgasmic experience IN YOUR MOUTH. This a great place to grab lunch, a casual dinner with bae, or just grab a drink at the bar. Their pricing is extremely reasonable, and seating is great for large groups as well. They are not on OpenTable so you will have to opt for the old school way of making reservations and just to call ahead instead.