Columbus >Food & Dining > Basi Italia
811 Highland St, Columbus, OH | Directions 4321539.978218 -83.010621
Mon. - Sat. 5pm - 10pm;Sun. CLOSED
Neighborhoods: Victorian Village
Our favorite restaurant – For starters, I should tell you that we live in Cincinnati, not Columbus--so a visit to Basi Italia involves a two-hour drive and sometimes an overnight stay. We have made that investment several times because Basi is THAT GOOD. Yes, it's small--but that's what makes it charming and unique. Owners John and Trish have created a memorable locale and dining experience. I can honestly say that we've never had a dish we didn't love--you simply can't go wrong here. The mustard-crusted trout, the boneless half chicken, the braised pork cheeks (don't let the name throw you), the to-die-for chocolate cake...the list goes on and on. We have always had excellent and helpful service and have never felt rushed.
Simply put, this is our favorite restaurant.
Not a huge fan – Have only been once, but I didn't think it was worth the price. I ordered a seafood dish and it was poorly cooked -- extremely chewy. The outdoor ambiance is great, though, so it might be worth another shot in the summertime.
Unbelievably good!! – This place is amazing! Their outdoor patio is the kind of place that requires an ostentatious gesture--a proposal of marriage, at the very least. The food is guaranteed to be phenomenal--I know, I go there at least once a month.
Believe the raves. This place rocks.
Great Italian, small atmosphere – Simply put I have not had a bad meal here yet and I have eaten here a dozen times this year. The food is amazing and the menu changes periodically. Definitely try the eggplant and make sure you have reservations far enough in advance (a week should be reasonable). The restaurant is a renovated pizza shop so a little more cozy than some may be used to experiencing and also slightly off the beaten path but well worth it for the amazing food.
Perfection – Do not bother reading this if you go to a restaurant to see or be seen. And don't bother reading on if you think the sum of Italian cuisine can be found in pasta. This place is for Serious Foodies, and once your waiter/waitress recognizes you belong to that group, you will be treated with discernment and genuine affection.
Where to start? The wine list is intriguing and helpfully defines the various choices--comparing wine notes to chocolate, CIGAR, etc. . . . words like "chewy" and "velvety" are used! As for the food, it's divine--my clams came out steaming, in a luscious bath of pancetta-laced sherry. I also had the mustard crusted golden trout that was cooked to perfection, crispy, light but rich . . . I had to swat my husband's fork away from my plate more than once. He had the lamb--it was a mouthful of England. (Of course, I mean that in a good way.) We finished with tiramisu, which was as good as tiramisu can be, and that's saying a lot.
So in my experience, the food and the waitstaff were superb. The stakes were high--it was our tenth anniversary, though I didn't mention that to anyone. High expectations which were met; what more could you ask for?
Now--don't tell your friends. I want to be able to get reservations next week.
Excellent food; HORRIBLE waitstaff – First and foremost, the food was outstanding. It was creative and superb tasting. The chef does amazing things and for that reason we will return. HOWEVER, we had reservations for 7:30pm (made 2 weeks in advance) and we seated at 8:15. Despite the fact that there was less than half capacity in the entire restaurant, the waitstaff was terribly slow and borderline annoyed with having to work there. Wow. I'm really torn about returning knowing that how poor the service is even though the food is stunningly wonderful.
User review by 679washington – Great neighborhood location, wonderful patio. Decent, homemade, fresh, creative meals & nice wine selection.
My only complaint was the waiter, terribly rude. Had to ask for more beverages, he never once came to ask how our food was etc. Seemed annoyed when I ordered coffee and did not thank us for coming.
The Hostess was extremly friendly, so all employees do not have attitudes.
A nice little place – I heard a lot about Basi before we went. We had reservations for 8; however, we didn't get seated until 8:45. I was a little peeved about that. Lukily the food made up for my initial disappointment. The small dining room is burting atmosphere. The food was above average. I will return for a second visit.
Pizza perfect! – A new comer to the Columbus area Basi is top notch. The food is to die for! The wine selection is wonderful and the staff a breath of fresh air. I have made it my mission to keep them busy and to keep going back. Call ahead and make reservations or you won't get in. Basi was once a small local pizza place and offers only limited seating. The experience is well worth the wait.
great LITTLE place - i love it! – I'm surprised to see some reviewers ragging Basi for being small, crowded, and hard to find. Surprised because it's exactly those things -- plus clever dishes and strong service -- that make it such a memorable spot.
Our experience was nothing but positive: New to Columbus, I had just stumbled upon Basi the night before a special event. Although it's true reservations should be made weeks in advance, the hostess was refreshingly helpful over the phone, even managing to find us a table that very night.
I highly recommend this for a nice date. If you're not the valet type (like this poor grad student), just park a few blocks away and enjoy the walk through Vic Village to Basi's quaint alleyway location. Final thoughts: Incredibly intimate, hip decor, local artwork, attentive service, artistic presentation, and flat-out delicious. We'll be back often (although maybe not until I can afford it).
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