22 May Basta, Fitzroy
You may be more familiar with their former name, Casa Ciuccio, but family-run Basta is still serving up authentic and delicious Italian food from their warm and welcoming restaurant.
Polpette are made with beef and pork, and are firm, meaty and tasty. The tomato sugo is indeed rich and flavoursome as described. The spicy and salty nduja in the Bruschetta is balanced by the fresher flavours of burrata, tomato and basil. Both are a promising start to the meal.
Meat-lovers will not be disappointed with their Porchetta, which comes with super crunchy crackling and herbed potatoes. Almost all the pasta at Basta is house-made, including that used in the Maltagliati Al Nero. The squid ink maltagliati is lovely and smooth, and the saffron and tomato consommé has such richness and depth of flavour that we sigh with satisfaction at each mouthful.
We finish with a dessert special – Dulce de Leche Panna Cotta. Toasted hazelnut adds a wonderful texture and nuttiness to the dish, and the panna cotta is complemented beautifully by the rich and smooth chocolate ganache and dulce de leche. Here’s hoping it makes it on the menu as a regular item.
Basta means ‘enough’ – not too little, and not too much – but with quality like this, it may be difficult to avoid overindulging.
Disclaimer: I was invited to Basta as a guest, however, opinions expressed here are purely my own, and are based on my experience at the time
15 Gertrude St
Fitzroy, VIC, 3065
(03) 8488 8150