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 »

Italian Cuisine 101: Olive Oil

July 22nd, 2016
olive oil

Knowing one olive oil from another is a tough job, but vital to telling the good stuff from bad stuff.

Everyone knows that olive oil is a versatile Italian cuisine staple, but did you know that it is incredibly good for you? The health benefits of olive oil are vast, and incorporating it into your diet will go a long way toward making you happier and healthier. To learn more about all of the amazing benefits of olive oil and how to make sure you are getting olive oil of the best quality, read on. Read the rest of this entry »

Classic Sides for Crab Cakes

July 15th, 2016
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French fries are a classic side dish for crab cakes. Plus, they’re easy to make in bulk when you’re treating guests to Maryland crab cakes.

Whether you are firing up the grill for a summer weekend picnic, sitting down to a fancy dinner to celebrate your anniversary, or just indulging a little extra on a weekday night, crab cakes are a delicious entree option. Delicate and flavorful crab is mixed with spices, lightly fried and served on, well, whatever you like! Here are some side dishes that will help keep your crab cakes the star of the show and complement all of their flavors. Read the rest of this entry »

Italian Cuisine 101: Italian Sauces

July 8th, 2016
Italian sauces

We may be biased, but we’re pretty sure Italian cuisine has the best sauces.

In Italian cooking, it isn’t the tender homemade pasta, crispy meat, or savory roasted vegetable that makes a meal—it’s the sauce. Many people think that sauces have to be complicated, after all, how can Grandma’s marinara (or Sunday Sauce) taste so good if it doesn’t take much effort? Luckily, Italian sauces are incredibly delicious and incredibly easy to make. Here are some of the classic Italian sauces you should master to make your stomach happy, and maybe slightly bigger. Read the rest of this entry »

Carry Out From Basta Pasta: The Perfect End to a Busy Day

June 30th, 2016
Basta Pasta Maryland

Who wouldn’t love the sight of Basta Pasta at the end of a long hard work week?

Man has it been a long week. There may be a long weekend coming up, but that doesn’t mean a stress-free weekend. Cookouts need food, and food needs cooks. The pool needs skimming and the yards needs trimming. Take some time out and treat yourself before this Fourth of July weekend with an easy evening of carry out from Basta Pasta Fallston. Read the rest of this entry »