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“Great food and atmosphere.”
Review of Basi Italia

Basi Italia
Ranked #53 of 2,312 Restaurants in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$21 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Buttles Ave. and Highland St.
Transit: Within one city block
Reviewed 15 September 2013

Good location and surroundings. The food and service was top notch! a bit pricey for the area but worth it.

Thank phaedrusfire
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

I LOVE this restaurant. It's like eating at a quaint restaurant in New York or on a roof top in San Fran. The patio has a great atmosphere and just the right amount of energy. It is first come, first served and there is a bar with seating as well. But the best part about this gem of a restaurant is the food.

Our party of four enjoyed the Sicilian Flatbread, the Charcuterie Plate, the Beet Salad and the Zucchini appetizers to start. All had great flavor combinations. The zucchini app was probably the best one. It consisted of zucchini sticks sautéed in herbs/spices and covered with thin slices of pecorino cheese - absolutely fantastic!

All four main courses were delicious as well. I had the lamb meatballs. They were tender and juicy and covered in delicious red sauce and mascarpone cheese. The flavor these meatballs had was out of this world.

Also highly recommended is their sangria. It's a white wine sangria that includes a large basil leaf for depth in the flavor.

If you want a great restaurant experience and some of the best Italian food in the city, you have got to eat here!

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1  Thank jch01
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

Never know who's who from C-bus will be dining with you as the tables are close enough together to say you were. A hidden gem sure to be a pleasing dining experience.

Thank RetiredTeacher15
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

Good place to eat creative Italian if you can get a reservation. Small with only a few tables, we had to sit by the rest rooms, but wasn't a problem. Service was fairly attentive. Only downside - not a lot to choose from on the menu, and very little for vegetarians.

We had a desert that was to die for - like a butterscotch-ish creme brulee-ish. very yummy. They said it had pistachios, but I couldn't taste nor find any

Thank Lisa S
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

We were really looking forward to having a wonderful experience at this place, but from the beginning, it gave us a little skeptical feeling. Nice outside patio, kind of cheapy tables and chairs, however, it was packed and all seemed enjoying their food. Our server had a typical Short North attitude, not attentive or helpful.

We started with Grilled Cesar Salad, which was not easy to eat, uncut romaine lettuce – tasted okay but nothing special. The entrée we choose was a combination of scallops and fresh strawberries, small portion, it was more suitable as an appetizer than being an entrée. Nice try but to no avail.

Although the name has “Italia”, the menu was not giving any impression of an Italian Restaurant. No spaghetti, no baked dishes, no real tomato sauce based items, only couple of Pomodoro sauce dishes, we tried one, nothing stood out.

In general, Columbus restaurants charge much more than a similar place in Manhattan, and the food quality is usually a half and getting a good server seems like a gamble. Even though we like to support local businesses, this one was not the one we would repeat visiting.

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Thank Babka M
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