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Lunch for One: Basta Pasta

[Photos: Kathy Chan] Growing up in Hawai'i, I saw Japanese-Italian fusion restaurants everywhere—natto spaghetti, tarako and ika pasta. Japanese flavors meets Italian basics. Such places are less common in New York, which makes them all the more intriguing. Most... More

Basta Pasta: The Best Pasta You've Ever Had From a Walk-Up Counter

"What real chefs can do with red-sauce Italian." One could be forgiven for expecting very little from Basta Pasta. It sits on a traffic-heavy Cambridge street lined with bodegas and split-level homes. No waiters--just a walk-up counter whose chalkboard menu reads like the Olive Garden's. There's a refrigerator stocked with Pepsi and Gatorade; a flat-screen TV hangs overhead. The name's a little corny. And the owners aren't even Italian. But with one bite of homemade fusilli, none of this could matter less. MIT grad students, the Cambridge fire department, and Central Square denizens have been holding out on the rest of us--Basta Pasta is no ordinary red-sauce takeout. Order well, and the dishes handed over the counter will be phenomenal.... More

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