Basta Osteria & Cafe is dazzling Fitzroy with its authentic Italian food

Basta Osteria & Cafe is dazzling Fitzroy with its authentic Italian food

Words by Eva Marchingo

A family-run business that offers a familiar and relaxed atmosphere.

Basta is the brainchild of Sicilian-cum-Melburnian, Fabio Candolo. It’s Candolo’s passion for sharing food and wine that’s informed the creation of this endearing Italian eatery.

Basta translates to ‘enough’, which is the concept behind the restaurant. Basta is exactly enough; the perfect amount of everything.

The entire restaurant is unobtrusive yet elegant. It takes classic family-focused Italian food and gives it a contemporary feel without sacrificing the wholesome atmosphere.

That family feel is translated throughout the business, perhaps in part due to being run by Candolo and his partner Carrie.

Using only local and fresh ingredients, the food at Basta is an amalgam of the best of the region. At Basta, the authentic homemade food is designed to be shared with friends and family, fostering a familiar and relaxed atmosphere.

Whether you’re after main meals, the Gnocchi Nduja & Burrata, which accompanies the beloved pasta with nduja (soft spicy pork), eggplant, olives, cherry tomato and burrata (cheese), or the Ravioli Al Funghi Porcini E Radicchio – a vegetarian option of beetroot-infused ravioli with porcini mushroom, radicchio, truffle butter and pecorino, it’s clear how much Basta value their Italian heritage.

And then there’s the wine list. Basta’s extensive wine list is exceptionally curated to complement the menu and will have your heart racing at the mere sight of it.

To top it all off, Basta also serve coffee and paninis during the week.

Basta is open Monday to Friday for breakfast, Monday to Saturday for lunch and Wednesday to Saturday for dinner.


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For more on Basta, check out their website.

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