Basi seats only 26 guests in a tiny glowing space nestled in a tree-lined brick alley. It’s a bit as though Chef John Dornback and his wife Trish Gentile have invited you to their home, where they serve up pastas, salads, pizzas and all things fresh, honest and eclectically Italian. Delve into dishes like long strips of sashimi-grade tuna atop caper aioli, with wines such as Oregon’s spritzy, zesty Sokol Blosser Evolution at $32 a bottle. Or try the pork loin chop swimming in a cherry, cinnamon and anise glacé; it’s ideal with Masi’s Campofiorin for $33 a bottle. Either way, expect luscious fare, with lots of candle light and an extensive, heavy-on-the-Italian-wine list.
811 Highland St., Columbus, Ohio
This story appears in the print issue of June 2006.
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