Italian Cuisine 101: Olive Oil

July 22nd, 2016
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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
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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 »

Hold Your Next Party at Basta Pasta Timonium

June 24th, 2016
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Private dining with Basta Pasta, the perfect way to celebrate.

Have a birthday coming up? Retirement? Graduation? Anniversary? Whatever you’re celebrating, the friendly people at Basta Pasta Timonium can help. We can accommodate anywhere from 20-70 people in our private dining room and offer dining packages that will suit any occasion. What better way to celebrate than with authentic Italian cuisine and the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Basta Pasta? Read the rest of this entry »

History Behind the Holy Cannoli

June 16th, 2016
Cannoli

Cannoli are delicious!

The Cannolo, or little tube, is Italy’s best-known Sicilian pastry dish. It consists of a fried tube-shaped shell and is filled with a sweet cheese cream filling. Cannoli are a truly timeless dessert that will usher you back into the heart of ancient Sicily. Read the rest of this entry »

Three Wines to Pair with Maryland Crab Cakes

June 10th, 2016
maryland crab cakes

Traditionally, you pair a white wine with seafood, but with crab cakes you have options.

Figuring out the right wine to pair with your meal is sometimes a difficult task. The standard red meat red wine, seafood white wine doesn’t always hold up. What about salmon (red) or steak salad (white)? Then there’s the most important question any wine-loving Marylander absolutely needs the answer to: What wine should I pair with Maryland crab cakes? Thankfully the wonderful people at Basta Pasta have some suggestions to please all wine lovers. Read the rest of this entry »

Things to do in Baltimore County (Other Than Basta Pasta)

June 3rd, 2016
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Check some of these items off your to do list before and after your meal at Basta Pasta.

If you are looking for things to do in Baltimore County, whether it’s something to do before your dinner date at Basta Pasta, or an ideal day of fun for the whole family, you are in luck. Summers are chock full of events in the area, with more things to do in Baltimore County than one person or family could do in ten summers. To get an idea of all of the wonderful events going on in the area that keep the party going all summer long, read on.   Read the rest of this entry »

Things to do in Harford County (Other Than Basta Pasta!)

May 27th, 2016
things to do in harford county

Check some of these items off your to do list before and after your meal at Basta Pasta.

Of course, if you live in or are visiting Fallston, the first thing you’re going to want to do is come enjoy some delicious Italian food in a casual restaurant environment here at Basta Pasta. That being said, there’s only so much time you can spend at a restaurant (although we sure won’t stop you from continuing to buy food and drinks). Here are a few things to do in Harford County before and/or after your delicious Italian meal. Read the rest of this entry »

Basta Pasta: Your Family Italian Restaurant for Summer

May 20th, 2016
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Bring the whole family to Basta Pasta this summer.

As school winds down for the summer, kids will be running wild across Maryland. As delighted as we’re sure you are to have your bright, shining balls of energy back at home for the next two months, we know it can also be a struggle to make dinner every night after entertaining them all day every day. With no homework weighing them down anymore, there’s plenty of time to take the family out for a nice, relaxing meal. Let Basta Pasta be the family Italian restaurant that provides that meal for you. Read the rest of this entry »