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July 22, 2004

Bastas Trattoria

410 NW 21st Ave. (via d-dish)
Bistecca di Manzo alla Griglia
Basilico e Mozzarella
Cost: about $40

Oh, but this was goodgoodgoodgoodgood. Wonderful food and great vegetarian options make this a keeper.

Arancini is a "saffron rice fritter stuffed with a ragout of zucchini and eggplant with fresh mozzarella". This is now tied for favorite appetizer with Porto Terra's stuffed artichoke hearts. It is a delicately crispy Sno-Ball of mellow rice, filled with a creamy blend of savory veggies. Foodgasm Central.

My steak (boy, I order that a lot) was excellent. Just the barest bit unmoist. It was even the correct temperature, despite being delivered. It came with tasty sauteed spinach, and heavenly mashed potatoes.

Bills' Basilico e Mozzarella was also delicious. A simple blend of penne tossed with tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, and garlic, it was skillfully prepared, each flavor cooperating perfectly.

While it won't replace Porto Terra as our favorite, Bastas will probably be our first choice for Italian from Delivered Dish.

Posted by Cat Connor on July 22, 2004 10:04 PM


D-Dish just got Equinox, too! Yummmm ... the stuffed peppers are great if you like a spice-risk, all the "weeds" dishes I've had are great and nicely balanced, and the hanger steak is the best higher-end dining bargain in town (12-ish or so--can't remember exact amount, but thereabouts--for a great hearty steak, cooked perfectly med-rare, with mashed yams and veggies). Oh, and I love your bentos! I am dangerously close to being inspired out of slothdom.

Posted by: overeducatedwaitress on August 5, 2004 06:54 PM

I just peeked at the Equinox menu, and it looks amazing! We'll have to try that in the near future.

Posted by: Cat on August 6, 2004 04:43 PM

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