All About Italian Seafood Dishes

April 8th, 2016
italian seafood dishes

Stop by Basta Pasta to try some of our delicious Italian seafood dishes

In the world of Italian food, there are few more classic and perfect marriage than that of pasta and seafood. Though it is a relatively small country, Italy has 5000 miles of coastline. It is no wonder that Italian seafood dishes are some of the most loved the world over. Seafood, or as it is called in Italy “frutti di mare” (which literally translates to “the fruits of the sea”) is embedded deeply in Italian culture and food, especially when served in a perfectly cooked plate of that other famous Italian staple, pasta. Read on to learn more about amazing Italian seafood dishes, many of which are served at Basta Pasta. Read the rest of this entry »

Italian Cuisine 101: Italian Spices

March 30th, 2016
Say hello to salt, pepper, coriander, saffron, and vanilla!

Say hello to salt, pepper, coriander, saffron, and vanilla!

Italian cuisine has a rich history and expansive fan base, making it one of the most popular cuisines enjoyed in America today. So popular, in fact, that foods like lasagna, spaghetti, and pizza are practically American foods by now. Italian food has gone through many iterations and adaptations, but there are some things that remain constant. Among those things are the herbs and spices used to flavor Italian dishes. Read the rest of this entry »

Italian Cuisine 101: Italian Herbs

March 22nd, 2016
Italian Herbs

From left to right, top to bottom, meet: oregano, basil, parsley, sage, bay leaves, and rosemary!

Herbs in cooking are like the supporting cast of a movie. Sure, the main dish is delicious looking and fresh, but it would be pretty bland without all of the extras and other talented actors that make the movie — or the meal — work so well. Convoluted metaphor aside, fresh herbs are indeed the soft-spoken heroes of Italian cuisine. Taking the time to learn about them can help you recreate some of our delicious dishes at home, or at least know what those green specks on your pizza are. Let’s get started! Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrate Spring Break at a Casual Italian Restaurant

March 15th, 2016
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The beach is overrated! Casual Italian restaurants are the real hot spots this spring break!

Spring break! Woooohoooo!! What’s the first stop? Ocean City? Panama City Beach? Mexico?! Nope! Basta Pasta! With the University System of Maryland breaking for spring this week, Harford County public schools taking next week off, and Baltimore County schools the week after that, we’re starting to feel the spring fever. Who needs to escape to a beachfront getaway when you can kick it at home, save some money on airfare, and save some money at a casual Italian restaurant while you’re at it? Sounds like a pretty good deal to us! Read the rest of this entry »

Our Input to the Age-Old Debate: How Do You Eat A Slice of Pizza?

March 8th, 2016
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How do you eat your pizza? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

We must have some sort of authority in this conversation since we’re an Italian restaurant, right? Let’s pretend that we do. The debate has raged on for ages. To fold or not to fold, to fork-and-knife it or to dive in hands first? While there is no wrong way to eat a slice of pizza (except maybe those crazies who go crust-first), here’s our opinion on the best way to attack a pizza pie. Read the rest of this entry »

Wait, Really? Is Wine Good For You?

March 2nd, 2016
wine good for you

We promise, we’re not lying when we tell you that a glass or two of wine every so often is good for you.

Yes, yes it is. And no, you’re not dreaming. Wine has been proven to have legitimate health benefits. That’s right, enjoying a glass with dinner every so often has actually been good for you. We should clarify that these health benefits come from moderate wine consumption, meaning one to two 4oz glasses in a day. But hey, if it’s doctor’s orders, we don’t mind if we do. Read the rest of this entry »

A Brief History of Pasta

February 23rd, 2016
history of pasta

How much do you know about the history of pasta?

Ah, pasta…. A versatile, quintessential Italian food, and the delicious inspiration for our name. Pasta is a huge part of Italian cuisine, but many Americans who enjoy it so frequently don’t know the slightest bit about its history or how it’s made. We’d like to remedy that — so sit back and enjoy a brief history of pasta! Read the rest of this entry »

Enjoy Delicious Italian Food in Harford County at Basta Pasta Fallston

February 17th, 2016
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From Italy all the way to gorgeous Harford County, Basta Pasta brings you delicious Italian Food year round!

Harford County is well known for its picturesque landscapes and numerous outdoor activities. Whether taking an exhilarating hike through Rocks State Park, or visiting the Fiore Winery in Pylesville, Harford County is home to a lot of fun to be had. But what about now, when it’s still too cold to enjoy such outdoor activities, and you’ve already exhausted all the great shopping options? Well, you should stop by Basta Pasta of Fallston for some delicious Italian food, of course! Read the rest of this entry »

Valentine’s Day Date Night Specials — Basta Pasta Timonium’s Gift to You

February 10th, 2016
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Enjoy your Valentine’s Day date night with great wine and great food at Basta Pasta Timonium.

Baltimore County Restaurant Week may be over, but the good times and good deals keep rolling at Basta Pasta of Timonium! Valentine’s Day is this Sunday, and we couldn’t think of a better way to show our love for all of our customers than rolling out a brand new menu of specials (listed below) for the whole Valentine’s weekend! The special menu begins on Friday and lasts through Sunday. Italian food is one of the ultimate comfort foods, so snuggle up with your special someone, take your pick from our expansive wine list, and enjoy some casual Italian dining at Basta Pasta on Valentine’s Day date night! Read the rest of this entry »

Winter Storm Jonas Has Extended Baltimore County Restaurant Week!

February 2nd, 2016
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Extended Restaurant Week?? Sounds like a cause for celebration!

If there’s one good thing to be taken from the atrocity that was last weekend’s blizzard, it’s the fact that Baltimore County Restaurant Week has been extended through Saturday February 7th! Not only that, but Basta Pasta is participating in that extra week! Take the advantage of the extra opportunity to save and step out for a casual Italian dinner at Basta Pasta of Timonium. Our prix fixe menu (listed below) offers some savory creations that will warm your body from the cold outside and warm your heart with the love cooked into a casual Italian dinner. Read the rest of this entry »