For New Years eve this year we went a little more low key and just did dinner with good friends. We got all gussied up and went out to Basi Italia with Brandon and Brigid, it was perfect. To be honest, I was in bed before midnight. Like I said, it was perfect.
Carrie and Jake love it, for instance. Columbus Underground voted it the best fine dining restaurant in Columbus for 2011. I think they might be right. It was tiny and romantic and DELICIOUS.
We had the following for apps, or "Primo," as the fancy people call it.
|Grilled Endive: roasted pear, taleggio cheese & smoked almonds|
|Caesar Salad, which they describe as a Classic Revisited. Really tasty.|
Parmesan crème brulee: sicilian olives, & crostini-Seriously good.
Zucchini pronto: toasted almonds & pecorino
I had the Lamb Bolognese and it was seriously the best meal I've had since Italy. I saw someone at another table order it and pretended for a split second to think about something a little healthier and then finished my glass of wine and went for it. I'm still thinking about it.
Brigid had the seafood pasta special and it was spectacular. Sometimes seafood pasta translates to lots of cream and butter but this was light and flavorful and a generous portion.
We of course had to sample a few deserts. You know...for research.
We tried the Eggnog Cheesecake: SO good. And I'm not actually a huge eggnog fan. It was just THAT good.
|Ps. Look at newly engaged Brigid cheating that gorgeous ring out!!|
I wish I remembered what the second desert was called or could find it on their on line menu, but it was basically really fresh flavorful fruit served with a light fluffy little cake. Sweet and Simple.
I highly highly recommend you try Basi for a special night out. Agreed, it's a little pricey (at least on my budget) but it is well worth every cent. Just be sure to make a reservation. I wasn't exaggerating when I said it was tiny.
Ps. In case you were curious about what it's like to go out to dinner with me (the girl who takes flash photos of her food), here is a picture that speaks a thousand words: