Our Philosophy

Simple, honest tradition is the core principle of “Basi Italia”.  We wanted Basi to reflect the way we live our lives.  As residents of the Short North, we understand the unique friendly quality of the Victorian Village neighborhood and strive to make Basi reflective of that quality. It started with the way we employed people. We needed staff, but wanted people to become part of something that was more than just a job and a paycheck. We would be feeding people and welcoming them into the world that would become “Basi Italia”. Our hope was that Basi would become that small eatery neighbors choose as their place to go for dinner and to provide a sense of community for our staff and our customers. We worked as a team, we lived as a tribe and we embraced life and the people that came our way. It was so simple, yet for us, so profound.  Johnny & Trish