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

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

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 »

What is Family Style Dining?

August 26th, 2016
family style dining

You’ve probably gone to a restaurant that serves food family style without even knowing it.

You have definitely heard the term family style dining before, and you have almost certainly done it, but many people aren’t sure exactly what family style dining is. In America, it is frequently called casual dining instead of family style dining.  Family style dining at restaurants like Basta Pasta involves moderately priced entrees, tableside service, non-disposable dishes, and a great time for the whole family. The ambience is typically warm, comfortable, and inviting. Read the rest of this entry »

Matching Wines with Sauces: A Guide

August 19th, 2016
matching wines with sauces

Ever wonder which wine to serve with a particular Italian sauce?

Food and wine is one of the most classic combinations in western cuisine. However, there’s more too to it than just slapping a random bottle next to some chicken cacciatore and calling it a pairing. If the world of wine seems a little daunting, take a look at this handy guide to the best  sauce pairings for some common types of wine. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Make Crab Cakes Worth Celebrating this Labor Day

August 12th, 2016
crab cakes

Need inspiration? Come in and try our crab cakes before making your own!

Labor Day is fast approaching! On Monday, September 5, our nation will take the day to reflect on the hard work and achievements of the American worker throughout our history. Pay homage to our accomplishments with a little labor of love and make a delicious Maryland-style crab cake. These tasty and filling creations are a great way to feed the family or a crowd and because you control the portions, it’s easy to make the right amount. Take the work out of the assembly and follow these step by step instructions: Read the rest of this entry »

The Different Kinds of Pasta

July 29th, 2016
Pasta Fun Facts

There are many different types of pasta, but four that you really need to know.

We don’t spend enough time thanking the Italians for inventing their delicious cuisine. From stuffed shells to pizza, there’s at least one dish that originated in Italy everyone across the world loves. But, some people just aren’t aware of how many Italian pasta dishes there are. That’s why today, we are going to show our appreciation for various Italian pasta dishes. Read the rest of this entry »