In Italy, of course, these places were designed for an easy filler and a quick getaway - eat and run, if you please. You could even choose how big a slice you wanted - they would cut a piece of the slab off according to your specifications, weigh it, and charge you accordingly (and the price was often ridiculously cheap). Italian fast food at its best.
Basso have taken this idea and expanded on it, creating a cafe so you can sit down and enjoy your pizza if you so desire. Every type of pizza you’ve ever dreamed of is provided for, and it’s lined across the counter, just like you would find it in Rome. The seating is all communal, so pick a spare and take a seat. It’s largely gourmet style offerings here – with toppings such as roasted potatoes and capsicums, melanzane, gorgonzola and pancetta. If you’re not feeling like a pizza, then they’ve also got a range of salads and pastas available.
And the best part about Basso, other than the stylish pizzas, is that it’s fast. Ideal for a lunchbreak or for dinner on the run, Basso bring pizzas to you in ten minutes – there will be no occasion to anxiously check your wrist watch and worry whether or not you’ll make it back to work in time for that meeting, so you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy your lunchbreak. Mangiamo bene!
Kylie McLaughlin, July 2007