About Basi Italia

811 Highland St.
Columbus, OH 43215
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Nestled in the heart of Victorian Village, Basi Italia is a small, casual, feel-good restaurant featuring clean, simple Italian fare with innovative twists. Basi focuses on being an approachable relaxed dining experience with a strong commitment to true hospitality. Chef John Dornback and wife Trish Gentile bring the importance of food, friends and fellowship that they embrace in their personal lives to the restaurant setting of Basi Italia. Imagine steaming plates of sumptuous food on intimate tables; friends and neighbors eating, drinking good wine and sharing their experiences with one another. Weather permitting, dining is available on the courtyard terrace where wine specialists and tastings are often an option. On chilly evenings, enjoy our heated outdoor bar area. Full service dining, carry out and delivery are all available.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - close

Cross Street:
Buttles Ave. and Highland St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(614) 294-7383

Website:
http://www.basi-italia.com/

Catering:
Catering list at Smith Brothers Building. Party trays available for take out.

Parking Details:
Valet available. Street parking also available

Public Transit:
Within one city block

Executive Chef:
John Dornback

Private Party Facilities:
THE VENUE @ Smith Brothers Building
Displacement charges available for dinning room rental.

Private Party Contact:
Heather Warrick/ Trish Gentile: 6142947383

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine

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98% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Neighborhood Gem

Dined 4 days ago

The daily specials are always delicious, including the drinks! This is a true community restaurant that we love walking to/from with our friends, family and neighbors.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Truly the best eggplant parmigiana I eve ...

vip
Dined on April 22, 2016

Truly the best eggplant parmigiana I ever had!!! Must get the cannoli's for dessert. Nice outside garden spot.. Great for conversation and relaxing atmosphere. Very friendly staff Wish I lived in Columbus I would surely be a regular !

food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Powerful taste

Dined on April 21, 2016

Someone once recommended Basi to me since the could walk to it from their Victorian Village place, saying it was basically hidden in an alley but the food and ambiance , especially the patio, we're amazing . Food blew us away - sausage rigatoni for me and lemon shrimp pasta for my date. The parmigiano biscotti was soft and flavorful , and tuna bruschetta appetizer was creative and exciting.

Tags: special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

Quaint Italian Victorian Restaurant

Dined on April 19, 2016

We were surprised when we walked up to the restaurant .. Nothing outstanding.. inside dining area was quite small, but, clean & tidy. Our wait person was very gracious and helpful with menu choices, explaining what each contained. Menu was limited, but, very good. Checked out the patio and it was very nice .. great for a pleasant summer evening of social dining and enjoyment. Just wish they had more choices on their Italian menu. The beet salad was superb. The special was a sirloin steak on a bed of Cannellini-beans .. unusual, but very good. Our wait person "Tina" was very personable, helpful with menu items and friendly, but, not push friendly. We enjoyed out special night out. Thanks to All the Staff.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

First time at Basi - will be back

Dined on April 16, 2016

Our first time at Basi was this past weekend and we will definitely be back. It was a wonderful small, intimate restaurant with incredible food. Our waitress was very knowledgeable on the ingredients in each dish and how they were prepared. We were not disappointed in anything. Food was very fresh - we had the 3 course fixed menu and chicken scallopine and all was delicious. Cannot wait to come back and sit outside!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Perfect!

Dined on April 13, 2016

The perfect place to have dinner with your best friend who you don't get to see often. Service was great, thank you Jack. Food was outsanding, Mustard Crusted Golden Trout with Green Onion Salsa Verde + Pepperonata, exceeded my expectation. If you want to have conversation and be in a hip current restaurant, then go to Basi Italia!!!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5

Quaint, great service , reminded me of a ...

vip
Dined on April 7, 2016

Quaint, great service , reminded me of a little place in "the Village".. Very nice evening. Parking is impossible so use the Valet which should be gratis rather than charging your patrons.

food5
ambience5
service5

We ordered the oysters and salmon appeti ...

Dined on April 7, 2016

We ordered the oysters and salmon appetizer , trout and scallops for dinner. The food was wonderful and exceeded our expectations! We will be back.

food5
ambience5
service5

Always try the special!

Dined on April 2, 2016

Always try the special!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

AMAZING!

Dined on March 26, 2016

Amazing food with outstanding service in a romantic, quiet setting...what more could anyone ask?! We've been here 2 times for special occasions and can't wait to go back "just because".

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Always perfect

Dined on March 26, 2016

I love the atmosphere, very New York. Adult dining that is casual, but high quality food, drinks and service.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Dinner at Basi-Italia

Dined on March 19, 2016

Hard to criticize much. A chilly night and the drafty entrance was a little uncomfortable since we sat near it. And the Caesar Salad wasn't as good as I would have hoped. But everything else was superb, and the service matched the food. One of us had Scallops, and they were delightful. The other had Chicken Cannelloni, and it was rich and very flavorful. The wines were excellent, and the wine choice more than ample. A very pleasant evening.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Very great meal that my date and I enjoy ...

Dined on March 18, 2016

Very great meal that my date and I enjoyed and very intimate setting. Excellent service and informative of the menu. Will most certainly refer to as the best Italian restaurant in town!

food5
ambience3
service5
value3

Basi delivers as expected

Dined on March 15, 2016

Great food, quaint, slightly expensive, gluten-free friendly but limited menu. Off street parking or valet only. Experience delivered as expected with good service and food. Too cool to enjoy patio but appears to be a nice attribute to the neighborhood venue.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5

Not traditional Italian food, but fusion ...

Dined on March 15, 2016

Not traditional Italian food, but fusion, and well executed. Ambiance is everything here, total romance.

food4
ambience5
service4
value5

Try the Specials!

Dined on March 12, 2016

We had their specials and they were incredible! I believe I had lamb chops (It was meat on bone and it didn't belong to a cow or pig) which had just the right combination of spices and flavors. I will say though when my server told me that there would be a lot of mint with my food I thought there would just be some on the side. On one hand my server didn't lie to me, on the other I don't think anybody could have been prepared for a giant pile of mint in the middle of their plate.

Tags: fit for foodies, late-night find
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Basi is a can't miss Columbus restaraunt

Dined on March 12, 2016

If you love Italian food and good wine you should definitely check out Basi. Reservations are a little hard to come by since the restaraunt itself is tiny, but if you can get a seat on the back patio you won't regret it. The service is great, food is better, and the wine list has a great range with some great values and some higher end selections. Definitely one the best dining experiences in Columbus.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service4
value3

My favorite Columbus restaurant

Dined on March 3, 2016

Just visiting the city again and had to go for dinner. While the inside space is miniscule it was great on a week night. Can't wait to return in Spring and eat on the patio.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Basi Italia is often on lists of best re ...

Dined on February 27, 2016

Basi Italia is often on lists of best restaurants in Columbus, and we hadn't been for a while. Our experience is that it's a very enjoyable place to eat. Though tiny, it has a nice vibe and they make good use of the limited space. Our only negative is that the food can be a bit inconsistent--some dishes are excellent, others only so-so. Might be worth talking with the server before ordering. Nice wine list with lots of reasonably-priced choices.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

Fabulous as always

vip
Dined on February 26, 2016

Basi Italia - fabulous as always - great food, great wine. Marked it down a bit on ambiance as it was very cold in the restaurant. They have tried to do something about the cold coming in the door, but need to keep working on it. Otherwise - a wonderful little Columbus jewel.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent intimate evening w/ wife a Bas ...

Dined on February 26, 2016

Excellent intimate evening w/ wife a Basia....again! Always enjoyable and outstanding food! Hidden gem of Columbus!

food3
ambience4
service4
value3

Disappointed

Dined on February 23, 2016

We've eaten at Basi many times and this was the first time that the food was ordinary. We were disappointed because the entrees seemed to lack the vibrant taste that we had experienced in the past, over cooked and lacking the expected taste of perfect seasoning. The recommendation to friends would be less enthusiastic then before this meal. On a positive side the wine selection was good and the cannelloni was excellent.

Tags: fit for foodies, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great pre show venue

Dined on February 23, 2016

This is the second time we have enjoyed Basi. The first was before a show at the Garden Theater, and last week before the Motown Musical at The Ohio Theatre. This restaurant has exceeded our expectations, with valet parking, attentive service and exceptional Italian cuisine. The small charming restaurant has a unique ambience. We'll be back, especially this Spring when the large patio opens.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Great menu and service

Dined on February 21, 2016

Great menu and service

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Outstanding Dinner!!

vip
Dined on February 20, 2016

Absolutely a "bucket list" for any foodie or just a night on the town away from the city. I live downtown and run a restaurant so I'm fully aware of the day to day operational ups and down of the restaurant industry. My brother and fiancee were in town from Chicago and picked Basi as none of us have ever been. I wish there was a 6 star rating. Service was top notch and so personable. The interior gave me flashbacks of my time I spent in Italy. The food was spectacular with the pork belly app, incredible pasta dishes and a killer wine. I'd write more but this is jolted into my Top 3 dining experiences from start to finish and can't wait to go back. Keep up the great work John and your top notch staff!!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Unassuming but wonderful

vip
Dined on February 17, 2016

A great little Italian gem in Columbus. Food and service were excellent in this slightly cramped gem of a place. Felt more like Italy (or NYC) with its friendly quarters. I'll be back for sure.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A late Valentines Day treat ..

Dined on February 16, 2016

This has consistently been one of the best places to dine .. no matter what the reason .. this place is special.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

The Best

Dined on February 16, 2016

As always this place delivers nothing but the best. One complaint the bread served on the buffalo mozzarella app was so hard. The mozzarella app though was amazing. The short ribs are the best in town. The eggplant parm was done to perfection. I love go bring newbies to basi and watch them fall in love. See you guys soon, keep up the good work.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

The food never disappoints. Space is con ...

vip
Dined on February 14, 2016

The food never disappoints. Space is constricted because it is very small. Service is on point.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Fabulous

Dined on February 14, 2016

This was the perfect place to celebrate Valentine's Day! It was romantic and the food was delicious. The restaurant was smaller than I thought it would be, but I think that helped to improve the service as well as make the experience feel more special.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

One of my Columbus Favorites

vip
Dined on February 2, 2016

Definitely one of my favorite spots in Columbus, or anywhere in the country for that matter. Basi is very small, its an old house, but the food is amazing and the prices are shocking for the quality and quantity. A real gem!!!!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5
value3

Basi Italia was very nice but quite expe ...

Dined on January 29, 2016

Basi Italia was very nice but quite expensive as everything was a la carte. The service was excellent and the dining room quaint.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Dined there during Restaurant week.

Dined on January 23, 2016

The baked ricotta was superb with considerable flavor as the first course. For the second course, I had the lamb osso buco over rice. This may be the most succulent tasting lamb that I have ever consumed. For dessert, we shared the Basi Balls, which is their take on chocolate truffles. It was so decadent and sooooo good. The wait staff was also very attentive and friendly. Good portions and we left very satisfied.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Neighborhood Gem Indeed

Dined on January 22, 2016

Since moving back to Columbus, OH, after 30+ years in the Washington, DC, area, which has a fabulous food scene, I have dedicated myself to exploring privately owned restaurants in this foodie town that are dedicated to local sourcing. I have enjoyed many meals at many establishments during that quest, but my recent experience at basi Italia beats all them. The cuisine, the service, and the ambiance were truly spectacular. Hands-down five-stars.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

always great food

Dined on January 22, 2016

The menu is great and offers many excellent selections. Considering how this tiny space gets packed in, the noise level Iis reasonable.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Awesome

Dined on January 17, 2016

The food was fantastic. Service was great. My hubby and i had a great time. No complaints.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Amazing food in a very cool and comforta ...

Dined on January 16, 2016

Amazing food in a very cool and comfortable atmosphere. Limited menu but they do everything perfectly that they serve. Cannot go wrong here!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great special occasion place

Dined on January 16, 2016

The food was great but our server and bartender Jessie were even better! The staff was great as well.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Best Italian dinner I've had in Columbus ...

vip
Dined on January 2, 2016

Best Italian dinner I've had in Columbus!

food4
ambience4
service2

We will be back

vip
Dined on January 1, 2016

We will be back

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