Situated in a small strip mall near the corner of Bristol Street and Red Hill Avenue, Sweet Basil has a great corner location. The interior is dark and decorated with Tuscan flair. They also have patio seating if you want to enjoy the warm summer nights. While the service is friendly, it was not very attentive. The servers seemed more interested in conversing amongst themselves than with the customers.
The meal starts out with focaccia and marinara sauce for dipping. The bread is very tasty, but a little flat to be called focaccia. But if this is the same dough they use for pizza, their pizza might be pretty good. The dipping sauce was flavorful and a bit on the sweet side.
Let’s start on the food! The Meat Lasagna is pasta layers, lean ground beef, marinara sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella cheese. A side salad was added for $1.99. It was nice and hot with a rich, flavorful, meaty marinara sauce. It could use some more ricotta cheese in the layers though. But the pasta was properly cooked. Overall, this was an average dish, nothing really spectacular about it.
The Chicken Marsala Pasta is angel hair pasta topped with chicken breast and mushrooms in a marsala wine sauce. Marsala sauce was on the bland side but had lots of sliced mushrooms. I was forced to add lots of grated parmesan and crushed red pepper flakes to heighten the flavor. Chicken itself was cooked perfectly and was quite juicy. But again, this was an average dish as I had to readjust the flavors myself.
If you’re looking for some quick, average Italian food, Sweet Basil may be your choice. But there are some other restaurants in the same strip mall that are consistently better like Al’s Palace or Inka Grill.
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Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 stars
Service: 2 out of 5 stars
Décor: 4 out of 5 stars
Food: 3 out of 5 stars
For more information:
Sweet Basil Pizzeria Cafe
270 Bristol St Ste 114
Costa Mesa, CA 92626-5936