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
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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
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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 »

Take an Italian Dessert to Christmas Dinner

December 23rd, 2016
Italian cuisine

Cannoli, the most classic Italian dessert.

Italian cuisine is famous for its rich and sumptuous flavor, and its desserts are no exception. While these tasty treats vary from region to region, many are known world wide. If you want to bring something truly delightful to Christmas dinner consider some of these delicious desserts, which are true Italian cuisine gems. Read the rest of this entry »

Classic Italian Reds for Christmas Dinner

December 16th, 2016
Italian wine

There are some classic Italian red wines that are great for Christmas dinner.

December is a big month for wine, and Italian reds are a great addition to any Christmas meal. But before rushing out to make sure you have enough wine, it’s important to understand what Italian reds pair with what you’re serving.  Below, we provided the characteristics of Italian red wine to help you find the perfect choice. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »