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Basta's Trattoria Restaurant Review: If you want great lasagna, you'll find it at this longtime Northwest neighborhood favorite with retro appeal. But you'll also encounter a wide range of local seafood and inventive specials focused on themes such as recipes from the Renaissance or the Roman era. Most of the seafood is sourced locally, particularly the sardines, anchovies, razor clams and octopus. Small plates allow for plenty of sampling and sharing. Try the grilled octopus salad served with arugula and potatoes, or duck tossed with vegetables and a cream sauce on tagliarini. Tuscan bread, made with a sourdough-style natural fermentation, is house-made, as are many of the pastas and sausages. For dessert, indulge in the tiramisu or panna cotta, or sip a house-infused liqueur. Cocktails and an all-Italian wine list are available from the full bar, which offers a lengthy menu that's famous with bargain hunters, especially at happy hour. Vintage movies play silently on the wall of the large, modern dining room.