The Fishy Tradition of a Meat-Free Christmas

December 9th, 2016
classic Italian cusine

Sorry everyone. If you want to have a classic Italian Christmas Eve dinner you need to ditch that turkey.

You think that you know a lot about Italian cuisine—mozzarella cheese with tomatoes is called caprese, classic tomato sauce shouldn’t have butter, and “mangia!” makes a great toast. But, do you know that a classic Italian cuisine Christmas Eve tradition involves no meat? Read the rest of this entry »

Cater Your Holiday Office Party this Year

November 18th, 2016
cater your holiday office party

Catering a holiday office party is a great way to get everyone together to celebrate.

It’s just about that time of year, when offices around the country take time out of their work week to relax and celebrate the holidays. For some offices, this means carpooling to a restaurant and spending an awkward evening talking over each other trying to hear whoever’s at the end of the table. If you’re in charge of organizing your office party this year, switch it up and host your party in the office. Read the rest of this entry »

Get Your Next Football Sunday Catered

November 4th, 2016
football sunday catered

Let someone else do the cooking, you enjoy the game!

The Ravens are back in action this Sunday to take on the AFC North-leading Steelers in what is sure to be the hard-hitting rivalry game we all look forward to every year. You’ve got friends and family headed over to enjoy the game, and then maybe stick around for the 4:00 p.m. game. Everyone’s going to needs some sustenance to get through such a long day of football, but who wants to spend the weekend cooking on what should be a beautiful fall weekend? Certainly not you, so why not enjoy your weekend and gameday, too, with party catering from Basta Pasta. Read the rest of this entry »

Italy Makes Beer Too! All About Italian Beer

October 14th, 2016
Italian beer

Italian beer has a lot in common with it’s more famous cousin, German beer.

When you head out for Italian food next take a look around the dining room and see what people are drinking. Chances are you’ll see plenty of red and white wine being poured and enjoyed, but you might also see something you didn’t expect. Beer, especially craft and imported, has been steadily rising in the ranks of what diners choose to pair with their meals. But at an Italian restaurant, why would anyone pick beer over wine? Read the rest of this entry »

The Difference Between Flatbread and Pizza

October 7th, 2016
flatbread and pizza

Is this flatbread? Or is it pizza?

Flatbreads are incredibly trendy menu items right now and they frequently showcase toppings that are also found on pizza, like mozzarella, tomatoes, prosciutto, or spinach. Many flatbreads also taste similar to pizza and are on the menu at pizza restaurants. Flatbreads and pizzas are also typically cooked in the same exact pizza ovens, whether they are elaborate brick ovens or basic pizza ovens. So how are flatbreads different from pizza? Read the rest of this entry »

5 Key Ingredients for Italian Cuisine

September 30th, 2016
Italian cuisine

How many key Italian ingredients can you spot in this delicious dish?

If you love Italian cuisine, you’re in luck. Many of its essential components are not only delicious but great for you. These classic and sumptuous comfort dishes are made up of a number of key ingredients which deliver intense flavor, as well as a number of health benefits. To learn more about  what goes into your favorite Italian cuisine staples, read on. Read the rest of this entry »

Health Benefits of Greek Olive Oil

September 23rd, 2016
Greek olive oil

Greek olive oil has some great health benefits, plus it tastes great on almost anything.

With so much going on in day to day life, it’s easy to forget ourselves and our health. However, there are some simple things you can do and simple tricks you can use to make sure you are good to your body. Extra-virgin Greek olive oil is something you probably already have in your kitchen, but it’s also one of the most versatile health-giving foods on the planet. Discover more about Greek olive oil, which is commonly enjoyed on pasta, salads, and more) and all of its excellent benefits below. Read the rest of this entry »

Italian Wine 101: The Basics

September 16th, 2016
Italian wine

Italy is second only to France in the amount of wine produced in the country every year.

Whether or not you realize it, you have almost certainly enjoyed an Italian wine before. In fact, the Italian peninsula used to be known as the “land of wine” because of the vast varietals of grapes available and the acres devoted to growing them. Italy is the home of much of the world’s wine, and for a great reason—it has the perfect climate, geography, and geology for great grapes. Here’s a brief primer on Italian wines, like those we serve at Basta Pasta with our delicious Italian dishes. Read the rest of this entry »

A Short History of Tipping

September 9th, 2016
tipping

Ever wonder why tipping is a part of American culture and not others?

While tipping the waiter is something that seems like an innate part of American culture, it actually didn’t start here. Tipping is a custom that the wealthy and well travelled adopted after visiting Europe and seeing them do it. Tipping actually started in the United States right after the Civil War. After seeing people tip servers in Europe, rich Americans mimicked it to show off how educated and sophisticated they were.    Read the rest of this entry »

Who Invented the Tiramisu?

September 2nd, 2016
tiramisu

Part two of our dessert history series: Tiramisu.

If cannoli is the best Italian dessert, tiramisu is a close second. Well, maybe it’s more of a 1A and 1B type of thing. While they’re both delicious, tiramisu has the more interesting origin story by far. It’s a tale of two men claiming the title of originator of the tiramisu, with one of them living right in Baltimore City. Let’s run down the mystery of just who invented the tiramisu. Read the rest of this entry »