We'll be coming back to Basilico's because there's so much left to try on that menu, particularly the Italian wedding soup, which is apparently a traditional favorite on the east coast. It's a chicken broth filled with pastina (very small pasta), tiny meatballs and escrole greens. Escrole? I had to ask, too. Turns out it is a salad plant with wide, dark green leaves—sometimes called Batavian endive . . . where, come to think of it, I think I once vacationed, back before the Serbo-Croatian conflict.
BASILICO'S PASTA E VINO, 19171 MAGNOLIA AVE., HUNTINGTON BEACH, (714) 963-7980. OPEN SUN.-THURS., 4 P.M.-9 P.M.; FRI.-SAT., 4 P.M.-10 P.M. DINNER FOR TWO, $30-$40, EXCLUDING DRINKS. BEER, WINE.