Since June 2011, Basta has been serving authentic Italian cuisine to students and professionals alike. The menu features handmade pasta, Napoli style pizza and Italian wines, all served in a relaxed environment. Winner of the Iowa City Press-Citizen’s “Best Italian Restaurant of the Area.”

Restaurant Week Menu

1st Course
Mushroom Crostini
Local shiitake and oyster mushroom ragout, black truffle butter, pickled shallots and carrots, local microgreens, toasted ciabatta bread

2nd Course
Choice of 1:
Duck lasagna
Confit duck, caramelized fennel, kale, pecorino bechamel, fresh arugula, fresh herb and lemon vinaigrette

Halibut
Pan seared halibut, roasted fennel, beets, cauliflower puree, preserved lemon, brown butter sabayon

3rd course
Rum Baba
Rum soaked brioche cake, black currant coulis, fresh strawberries, toasted walnuts, lemon crema