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Satisfy Your Craving for Pasta at Café Basilico on Historic C-Street

From the owners of Sisters in Thyme, Commercial Street’s Café Basilico brings plates of pasta and dream-worthy goat cheese to hungry Springfield diners.

By Jenna deJong

Apr 2020

Pasta dishes at Cafe Basilico in Springfield MO
Photo by Brandon AlmsWith so many options to choose from, you'll be tempted to order one of each. Purchase Photo

This month, Café Basilico (306 E. Commercial Street, Springfield; 417-873-9224) expands its hours for the coming season, so I stopped by with a friend to give their pastas and cheesy apps a try. With that in mind, we started with the goat cheese plate. This large appetizer came with bread, cucumbers, carrots, celery and Parmesan lasagna crisps, all of which we dipped into a creamy block of goat cheese covered in a warm sun-dried tomato sauce. In all honesty, I didn’t need any of that to enjoy the cheese—I would have used a spoon. It was so impossibly smooth and flavorful; I almost asked for an order to go. My friend preferred the herb crunch that the lasagna crisps added, but I favored the simple bread, which allowed the cheese to totally take over my taste buds. I went to bed dreaming of that dang goat cheese. As for our entrées, my friend’s Ravioli Rosa dish was a winner: It had a sweet tang that complemented the cheese-stuffed pasta. My rolled spinach lasagna was satisfying too—the three large noodles were more than enough to fill me up. As we waddled back to the on-street parking, I began counting down the days before I could stop in once again.

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