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Basta's Trattoria Restaurant Review: Distinguished by its lively bar scene and creative chef, this romantic Italian restaurant is a longstanding favorite in Northwest Portland. While the standard menu offers an extensive range of well-known Italian specialties, such as fusilli with Gorgonzola, sweet squash ravioli, and rigatoni with rib meat ragù, there are often unusual specials or even entire meals focused on themes such as recipes from the Renaissance or Roman era. Non-pasta entrées include pollo croccante, crisp chicken flavored with rosemary, and a classic hanger steak rubbed with garlic and sage. If you’re not in the mood for noodles, the thin, crisp Italian pizzas are a good choice. The Tuscan bread made with a sourdough-style natural fermentation is made in-house, as are many of the pastas and sausages. Order the tiramisu or panna cotta for dessert. Cocktails and an all-Italian wine list are available. The lengthy bar menu is famous with bargain hunters, especially at happy hour.