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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner


Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
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Ricotta Di' Natale
locally produced hand-packed ricotta cheese, lightly toasted shaved almonds and berries, drizzled with our lemon-rosemary local honey. sharing this would be a great act of generosity.
Roasted Clams "zuppa"
manilla clams, pan-roasted with san marzano tomato, white wine and herb broth. served with garlic crostini and freselle for "zupping."
Grilled Jumbo Shrimp On A Rosemary Skewer
wild tiger shrimp, marinated in our house-made limoncello vinaigrette, lightly grilled, and served over garlic crostini.
Calamari Fritti With Two Sauces
calamari, dusted with seasoned organic flour, fried in organic soybean oil. served with warm spicy marinara sauce and our lemon aioli
Panna Cotte
escarole and organic white beans cooked with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and homemade bread, finished in our wood burning oven with pecorino romano cheese.
traditional italian dish of cornmeal slowly cooked to a soft, velvety texture, topped with grana padano cheese. served with our san marzano tomato sauce.
Anonna's Meatballs
handmade and tender, with a touch of pecorino romano cheese, just like anonna made. served in a sea of our warm san marzano tomato sauce with sauteed organic bell peppers and caramelized onions, with dollop of locally produced hand-packed ricotta cheese.
Arugula Bruschetta
our housemade crostone, wood-oven toasted with sliced organic tomato and locally produced scormoza cheese, topped with organic baby arugula salad tossed in extra virgin olive oil, fresh squeezed organic lemon juice, and sicilian sea salt.
Sicilian Calamari
our signature calamari and hot cherry pepper appetizer, prepared in the style of our beloved amalfi coast, dusted in seasoned flour, fried in organic soybean oil, then sauteed with caper berries with our san marzano tomato sauce.
Mussels And Clams Pernod
cockle clams and prince edward island mussels simmered with garlic, in our pernod infused san marzano tomato sauce with a touch of cream.
Basta Salad
organic mixed baby greens, gorgonzola cheese, sliced pears, toasted almonds, berries, limoncello vinaigrette.
Caprese Salad
slice of fresh locally produced mozzarella, vine-ripened tomatoes and basil leaves over organic mixed greens drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.
Arugula Insalata
organic baby arugula and organic grape tomatoes, tossed with extra virgin olive oil from apulglia and organic lemon juice, with sliced grana padano cheese, sicilian sea salt, and cracked black pepper.
Caesar Salad
with house made garlic croutons
House Salad
organic mesculin greens, red onion, chopped organic tomato. red wine vinegar, extra virgin, olive oil, italian sea salt, cracked black pepper
Mista Insalata
organic mesculin greens, organic white beans, grilled organic vegetables, extra virgin olive oil, organic lemon juice, italian sea salt, cracked black pepper.
Fettuccine Roma
spinach fettuccine in a light sauce of organic baby spinach, shallots, basil, white wine, cream and sausage.
Rigatoni Alla Vodka
Penne Pomodoro
made using organic italian penne pasta and san marzano tomatoes.
Penne Calabrese
organic italian penne pasta tossed with chunks of line-caught fish of the day in a light sauce of san marzano tomatoes, capers, black olives, white wine, and extra virgin olive oil.
Penne Caprese
organic pasta tossed in our san marzano tomato sauce and fresh basil with tiny pieces of fresh mozzarella melted in lightly.
Farfalle Funghi
organic italian tri-color bow tie pasta, in a light sauce of button, cremini, portobello and porcini, mushrooms, prosciutto, cream, and marsala wine.
Melanzane Alla Parmigiana
thin cutlets of eggplant, breaded and pan-fried in organic soybean oil, a thin layer of local and hand packed ricotta, enveloped in our basil-scented marinara sauce, then roasted in our wood burning oven.
Farfalle Rapini
organic tri-color bow tie pasta tossed with broccoli rabe and italian sausages braised with sliced garlic in extra virgin olive oil with hot red peppers with flakes.
Italian Sunday Dinner
the traditional sunday dinner of our past. anonna's tender meatball, hot italian sausage, and eggplant rolatini served in our san marzano tomato sauce with rigatoni pasta.
Gamberi Carbonara
wild-caught jumbo shrimp braised in a light cream and egg sauce with pancetta and peas, and a little grana padano, tossed with our homemade parpardelle pasta.
Murrays Free-range All Natural Chicken
murrays free-range all natural leg and thigh meat slow roasted on the bone with organic apples and oranges, herbs, and finished with a reduction of this delicious pan sauce
Scallopini Del Pollo
tender and thin slices of free range chicken breast, first sauteed with a little local butter and garlic, then pan-braised in a sauce of lemon, white wine and capers.
Bistecca Funghetti
black angus steak char-grilled to your liking, then topped with sauteed assorted organic mushrooms in a light marsala cream sauce finished with white truffle oil.
Citrus-rosemary Pork Chop
a french cut all natural pork chop rubbed with fresh rosemary and citrus, char-grilled then served with house starch and vegetable
Pork Tenderloin Scallopina
sauteed tender thin slices of center cut pork loin topped with prosciutto, sage and fresh locally produced mozzarella, in an herb-infused pan sauce. served with house starch and vegetable
Bistecca Fiorentine
dry aged black angus steak, rubbed with extra virgin olive oil and herbs char grilled to your preference.
Pollo Con Funghi
free-range hormone-free chicken breast, braised in a light marsala wine and cream sauce with cremini, button, portobello and porcini mushrooms. served with house starch and a green vegetable.
Sicilian Style Branzino
this mediterranean sea bass is sustainably farmed in italy. oven roasted in a sauce of chopped san marzano tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, onion, garlic, black olives, capers, a little organic lemon, and parsley. served with our house starch and vegetables
Pan-fried Wild Sea Bass Over Garlicky Italian Greens
line-caught sea bass, lightly dusted with seasoned organic flour, then pan-fried in extra virgin olive oil. served over organic baby spinach sauteed with garlic, raisins, pine nuts, and crushed red pepper flakes. served with house starch.
Sea Bass Amalfi
line-caught wild sea bass, pan seared in olive oil with lemon and roasted garlic over truffled organic white beans. served with vegetables.
Zuppa Di Pesce
jumbo tiger shrimp, prince edward island mussels, manilla clams, sea scallops, and calamari. served over house-made friselle, garlic crostini, or pasta.
Capesante Zio
jumbo new england scallops, pan-seared with a roasted organic lemon and garlic, white wine sauce, and finished off in our wood oven. served with our house starch and a green vegetable.
Wild Salmon Verde
wild and line-caught, pan seared salmon, finished in a basil pesto sauce with a touch of white wine and light cream. served with house starch and a green vegetable.
Wild Salmon Citrus Caponata
wild line-caught salmon grilled over coals and topped with our organic lemon, orange, toasted pine nut and raisin caponata. served with vegetables.
Peppercorn Crusted Tilapia
line-caught tilapia, encrusted with cracked black peppercorns, pan-seared, then topped with our organic bell pepper and caper relish.
Tilapia Fiorentino
egg dipped fillet of line-caught tilapia, sauteed with shallot in a little local butter with wilted organic babv spinach and white wine.
Side Dishes
Our Broccoli Rabe
Organic Baby Spinach And Garlic Saute
Escarole Saute
Organic White Beans
Jumbo Shrimp
Grilled Salmon
Grilled Chicken Breast
Each $6.0
Italian Sausage
Coffee / Tea
Double Espresso
San Pellegrino Water
Panna Water
Coke, Diet Coke
Iced Tea
Fresh Lemonade
Italian Sodas, Made To Order
flavors change, please ask
Creme Brulee
Price Varies
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were a party of 7 and each of us, ranging in age from 6 to 70, thoroughly enjoyed our meal. As the name implies the fare is Italian. The food is fresh; ingredients are never frozen, the sauces are well prepared and delicious, and...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Hiram R
Reviewed 6 January 2019 via mobile

Wonderful dinner on New Years Eve. Great ambience,delicious food and fine service. All nine of us had a terrific time.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Stephen F
Reviewed 13 December 2018 via mobile

We all were looking forward to a night at Basta, unfortunately it fell short on service and food! We waited a long time to receive our food and the presentation and taste was average!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank DaisyO2014
Reviewed 15 November 2018

Great place to sit outside and watch New Haven going by. Pasta with salmon was excellent. So good, I went back again an ordered the same entree. Vegan friend who accompanied me declared her entree to be the "best". Service is prompt with servers having...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank 531beverlyb
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Our server Dave was very professional and nice. Our dinners were all really delicious.I had the sunday dinner which was delicious. Eggplant,meatball, and sausage were excellent. All of our dinners were great. Nothing to bring home since we ate everything.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank NormanG798
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

Loved the atmosphere.Would be better without the window to the kitchen which isn’t anything special. Waitstaff was attentive but not very nice about it. Very stingy with bread for the table. Skip the eggplant. It was tough and undercooked. Quality of meals were just average....More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank erblack2018
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Small and lovely place. Service is fantastic. They make feel like home; the waitress was extremely kind, and service is really fast. I got Spaghetti Pesto with shrimp and it was really good. 100% recomended

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank JCSuarezf
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Had an early dinner here recently. We ate inside since it was quite hot. The interior is intimate, tables set with white cloths and roses - nice ambiance. We had two servers. One was a bit spacey; the other was fine. They may have been...More

Date of visit: July 2018
2  Thank Alison L S
Reviewed 29 June 2018

Sometimes you just strike lucky. It was lunchtime. We’d just passed a sandwich place and decided to walk on a little to see if there was anywhere more appealing. There was. There’s a tight lunchtime menu, as well as their main menu – a few...More

Date of visit: June 2018
1  Thank harters
Reviewed 22 June 2018

We have visited Basta for dinner on several occasions and have found an amazing consistency of great service and special food. In New Haven it is indeed difficult to decide what is the best Italian restaurant but Basta is certainly close to the top. In...More

Date of visit: June 2018
1  Thank pcb_10
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