SHORT ATTENTION SPAN EATER
Pasta & Basta by Donato
Restaurant Row Suite 4A / 523-9999
Pasta is one of those foods that gets no respect. No matter how good it is, everybody thinks they can boil noodles and toss some sauce on it, so when dining out, they don't want to spend a lot of money on it.
Veteran chef Donato Loperfido knows this, so he came up with Pasta & Basta, a casual, no-frills, order-at-the-counter pasta joint where you'll pay $6 or $9 for basic spaghetti, linguine, rigatoni, penne and tagliatelle dishes, day AND night.
Top-dollar fare of linguine scampi or risotto frutti di mare with calamari, shrimp, fish and Manila clams is a relatively reasonable $15.
It may be just the kind of place the $1 movie theater crowd has been waiting for.
Open: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, and 5 to 10 p.m. Saturdays. About $12 per person.