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Written by: Steve Stover
Date: June 30, 2015

Basi Italia patio

Basi Italia patio

Basi Italia is a Columbus gem, a consistent top 10 restaurant that is considered by some to be the best Italian restaurant as well.

Chef/owner John Dornback and wife Trish Gentile have developed a loyal following for excellent made-from-scratch creative Italian cuisine, a wonderful and well priced wine list, and a gorgeous patio, plus warm, friendly service.

We visited Basi Italia again recently, and enjoyed a great meal with friends. Thanks to Caitlin, the manager, we scored a table on the lovely, flower filled patio – we were able to converse with our guests, a bit of a rarity these days.

We enjoyed the 2012 MonteQuieto “Quietude” Malbec from Argentina ($27) and 2013 Michael David Petit Petit ($32) from the carefully curated, well priced wine list.

Our group of four shared and sampled most items. A highlight was the parmesan creme brulee with black pepper crisps ($9), a Basi signature item.

Basi Italia Parmesan Creme Brulee

Basi Italia Parmesan Creme Brulee

The special sweet Italian sausage lobster bisque was popular, but I liked the huge roasted beet salad, mixed greens, marcona almonds, and goat cheese ($9) even better. Another great starter was the braised pork belly with black cherry, fennel, white beans, and basil pesto ($10).

Basi Italia pork belly

Basi Italia pork belly

Three of us enjoyed the wonderful special roasted lamb chops with spinach and peppers stuffed with spicy house made lamb sausage $26). For dessert, we had a taste of the popular warm soft chocolate lava cake ($8).


The rest of the menu consists of 10 “primo,” including the great Basi Caesar salad ($8) and the popular “zucchini pronto” ($9), all priced between $8 and $12, a bargain these days. The nine “secondo” (entrees) range from the eggplant parmesan ($19) to the proscuitto wrapped scallops ($27).

Basi Italia is well worth a visit for any occasion; it is a comfortable place to enjoy a meal, whether “date night,” casual dinner, or a special occasion.

Basi Italia
811 Highland St
Columbus, OH 43215

Tuesday- Thursday: 5 – 10pm
Friday-Saturday 11am – 3pm for lunch, 5pm – 10:30pm for dinner
Closed Sunday and Monday