Open late Sat.-Sun.
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Basta's Trattoria Restaurant Review: You'll find a range of well-known Italian specialties at this cozy trattoria, but also some surprises. Along with the pasta, pizza and lasagna, there are often inventive specials or even entire meals focused on themes such as recipes from the Renaissance or the Roman era. Most of the seafood is sourced locally, most notably 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. Indulge in dessert and enjoy the tiramisu or panna cotta. Cocktails and an all-Italian wine list are available from the full bar, which also 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, adding to the retro atmosphere.