A Guide to Traditional Italian Coffee

March 31st, 2017
Espresso Cup

Have you had your morning coffee yet?

Many different culinary elements are woven throughout countless cultures—chocolate, wine, olive oil, and coffee. Today, we’ll be focusing on the one that gets us up in the morning and keeps us powering through the afternoon, Italian coffee. This delicious element of Italian cuisine is slightly different than the Brazilian roasts that are popular throughout American coffee shops. How is traditional Italian coffee different? Read the rest of this entry »

7 Health Benefits of Olive Oil

March 24th, 2017
Olive oil

How often do you cook with olive oil?

Olive oil is a cornerstone of Italian cuisine and well-loved for its delicious flavor and healthy nature. While most people know that olive oil is good for them, there are many surprising health benefits lurking in a single tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil. Here are the top 7 health benefits of consuming olive oil in Italian cuisine Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for a Better Tomato Sauce

February 24th, 2017
Italian recipes

What would Italian cuisine be without a good tomato sauce?

One of the delicious common denominators throughout many Italian recipes is tomato sauce. While the ingredient list is short, it can be surprisingly tricky to get the perfect tomato sauce for your weeknight and weekend dinners. Here are some of our favorite tried-and-true tips for a better tomato sauce. Read the rest of this entry »

The History of Focaccia

February 17th, 2017
classic Italian recipes

Foccia is just one of many great Italian styles of bread.

Focaccia bread is one of the most irresistible classic italian recipes. It was first made popular in Italy and then travelled wherever Italian settlers formed communities, all over the world. Focaccia bread is usually flat and relatively plain, which makes it highly versatile. It is often topped with olive oil and herbs or sliced olives traditionally, but there are numerous modern takes on this delicious treat. It goes great with delicious Italian cheese. To learn more about the history of Focaccia, read on. Read the rest of this entry »

How are Champagne and Sparking White Wine Different

February 10th, 2017
sparkling white wine

What’s in that glass? Champagne or sparkling white wine?

While sparkling white wine and champagne both bubble and they have a certain irresistible freshness and trademark “pop” when opened, their differences definitely outweigh their similarities. In fact, there are a few key reasons why sparkling white wine and champagne are fundamentally different. Read on to learn more. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Making Crab Cakes

February 3rd, 2017
Maryland crab cakes

Ever wonder what a perfect Maryland crab cake taste like? Stop by Basta Pasta and find out before trying to make one yourself!

Maryland Crab Cakes are a complete delicacy. Want to know how to make them so you can have tasty and luxurious Maryland Crab Cakes whenever your heart desires? Come by Basta Pasta for crab cake inspiration and then try out these handy tips to make something truly incredible. Read the rest of this entry »

All You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Italian Wine Vintage

January 27th, 2017
Italian wine

What’s the big deal about wine vintages, anyway?

You know what vintage means when it comes to clothing and interior design, but what does vintage mean when it comes to Italian wine? Here are some quick facts to explain what exactly wine vintage is, so you’ll know just what to order when you visit Basta Pasta. Read the rest of this entry »

Step Up Your Super Bowl Party with Basta Pasta Catering

January 20th, 2017
Basta Pasta catering

Don’t get stuck with chips! Upgrade your Super Bowl with Basta Pasta catering.

Preparing for the Super Bowl can be stressful—how can you choose catering that satisfies a wide range of diets, tastes great from the first quarter through the last touchdown, and that can help rival fans unite around a common cause. Basta Pasta Catering can take your Super Bowl party to the next level. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for a Better Business Lunch

January 13th, 2017
business lunch

Meeting business associates for lunch is a great way to talk business in a more inviting setting than the board room.

Days at work can be long and tedious, and business lunches are a great way to break up the work day with a change of location. Business lunch is also a great way to get together with clients, employees, or potential partners to get some work done and get to know each other (while enjoying a delicious meal, of course!). Here are some easy tips for having a better business lunch. Read the rest of this entry »

All About Italian Cheese

January 6th, 2017

Italian cuisine Italian cheeseWhile French cheese gets all the attention, Italian cheese is no less delicious, diverse, and nuanced than that fancy French stuff. These cheeses offer a variety of textures and flavors to traditional Italian cuisine, and can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert. Read on to learn more about some of the most widely used types of delicious Italian cheese.   Read the rest of this entry »