Bites Nearby: Basta Trattoria
The last place you want to be tonight is the kitchen. Let’s eat out!
Restaurant name: Basta Trattoria
Address: 1006 Chapel St., New Haven
Phone number: 203-772-1715; www.bastatrattoria.com
Cuisine: Italian, using local ingredients
Price range: $10 to $28
Take out: Yes.
Kid-friendly: Although the atmosphere is warm, cozy and friendly, children should bring their best manners and inside voices.
Why you should go right now: Because chef/owners Frank and Claire Criscuolo and their chef, Daniel Sergi, dedicate themselves to making guests feel comfortable and pampered and preparing dishes in the style of Italy’s wonderful neighborhood restaurants. The trio is committed to using locally grown – and when possible, organically grown – ingredients, while the menu reflects a balance of old-time comfort foods, regional dishes and trendier styles. Basta’s pasta with homemade meatballs, sausage and “Sunday” sauce is just the thing to melt away the stresses of the week. The open kitchen, with its wood-burning oven, invites guests to be a part of the culinary action.