My husband and I had heard nothing about this place (we're not from Columbus) and we picked it at random out of the Visit Columbus guidebook. We loved everything about this place- the food was delicious, the staff was fabulous and the prices were great (compared to what we're used to).
We split the pork belly appetizer, my husband had the scallops and I had the chicken and goat cheese gnocchetti. This was BY FAR the best gnocchi (or gnocchetti) I had ever had. I could eat it every day for six months and never get tired of it- it was that good. My husband loved his scallops. For dessert we tried the creme brulee and the mousse; both were delicious, particularly the creme brulee. The bill was $100 for an appetizer, two entrees, two desserts, and three drinks.
We sat on the back patio and to get to it, we had to walk through the kitchen. I know some people will find this a little strange but we loved it because we felt like they weren't hiding anything. No one was going to drop something on the floor, wipe it off, and put it on your plate.
The staff is knowledgeable and personable. They make excellent and informed recommendations. Every staff member we spoke with loved the restaurant, loved the food, loved the owner, and loved their job. They are proud of the restaurant and love to tell you about it. They were so honest and genuine and transparent that you couldn't help to love Basi Italia as much as they did.
Keep in mind that this is modern Italian food. If you're a fan of American Italian food, go to the Olive Garden. If you need to have your spaghetti smothered in marinara or need to have lasagna on the menu, this is not the place for you. If you need to have rolls or breadsticks or butter or dipping sauce or salt and pepper on the table, this is not the place for you. If you want paper table cloths that your server can write his name on in crayon (so you don't forget what to call him when you ask him to bring you more rolls), this is not the place for you. I'm not saying that this place is formal or rigid- it's most definitely not. But it's not your Nonna's Italian food, either. And thank God for that because this place is wonderful.
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