Basta Italian Restaurant
Basta Italian Restaurant

Basta Italian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bastaonbroad.com/
  • Phone: 4014612300x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 4:30PM-10PM
    Friday - Saturday: 4:30PM-MIDNIGHT
    Sunday: 1PM-10PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Basta Italian Restaurant
Over these past 23 years, locals have become regulars and traveling foodies have raved. What can we say? We are flattered, grateful and more than ever, determined to exceed your expectations. For this reason, in 2012 we underwent a comprehensive renovation, updating and upgrading every facet of our restaurant, from design and equipment to menu and energy. We are so proud of the result and we know you are going to love it.

We invite you to join us to experience Basta for yourself. Our locally sourced, internationally influenced menu, artisan Neapolitan pizzas and robust wine offering will combine to create an unforgettable experience for you and your friends or family.

We look forward to serving you soon!
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Basta Italian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
89 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (54)great for outdoor dining (44)fit for foodies (43)special occasion (36)good for groups (23)romantic (22)notable wine list (22)vibrant bar scene (14)hot spot (10)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (5)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • KBL1954VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We ate at Basta on Saturday September 13th. Sat at the bar and had a great meal. My wife had the Salmon and I had the Veal Parm. Both dishes were outstanding. We both had a glass of the Cab that was featured and that was outstanding. Basta is truly a neighborhood gem that I would recommend over and over!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Red Booth
    cape
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My daughter and I sat in the round red tufted booth with a bird's eye view of most of the restaurant. Our perfect meal began with zucchini flowers filled with ricotta, then handmade gnocchi, and roast chicken with white beans and pancetta. Everything was flavourful, not overseasoned, just perfect - just like Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good choice in Cransoton
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had a really good dinner at Basta. Lots of good choices. Vibrant scene on the back patio
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We dine out a lot and Basta is one of our favorites . . . Always great food, drinks and atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Alison Kelly
    Amjtk
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Dinner was great but the noise level was way too high
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    MrsRobi
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Every time we eat here the food is amazing!! We were going to a show and the service was fast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food-as good as it gets
    melindafrommaine
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food at Basta is a good as it gets, and the service was top quality. Both wines (by the glass) were outstanding. The decor is attractive and cosy. All in all, highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first time- enjoyed it
    jg5555
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Basta holds its own among the many choices for Italian in the Providence area. Food was excellent- a few things not seen everywhere like grilled artichoke.. we'll go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was not the first time I have been to Basta and it will surely not be my last. Great food enjoyed by everyone in our party of 6, great service, and a very nice, if a little noisy, atmosphere. Go there and you will love it too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinemine
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was about average, not quite what I expected based on menu description. If it said the entree came with vegetables, you were hard pressed to find the vegetables. Tables too close together, so difficult to talk freely. Meals come only with bread, entrees really don't come with anything else, so overpriced; portions on small side.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • An evening in Pawtuxet
    Coladeb
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    A pleasant evening in Pawtuxet should include a delightful dining experience at Basta. From the hostess to the wait staff the service was exceptional. The food, enjoyed by all, was fresh, appealing to the eye, and tasteful. The wine list was quite satisfactory and the in house made dessert we tried was over the top! Our only negative, and negative is a strong word, is the portion amount. I shared my dinner with my husband as his was not nearly enough to satisfy. An appetizer of three zucchini flowers, yum! Would not accommodate a party of four, suggesting we would need two orders for the table. And 6 were too many. @ $12 per order, wish we were able to order a smaller amount. Would certainly go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good meal
    stevegVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    service was excellent. Food was good but chef refused to alter my dish ( vegetables instead of potato ) which i feel is unacceptable. My swordfish was overcooked and dry. Other two entrees very very good
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Where's the lobster
    Muncho1VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Have been to Basta four or five times. Food always great. Best stuffed Zucchini flowers this side of Italy. Thursday night ordered the Bucatini. Basically pasta with tomatoes, fresh herbs,pancetta, and lobster. There was half a claw of lobster meat. I don't mind spending $29 for an entree. But as they say, "WHERE 'S THE BEEF ". Just pasta and cherry tomatoes. Should be a $23 dish. Signed, Put out in Pawtuxet.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    Spritey2
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    First time at Basta but it won't be the last! Exciting menu that made you want to try everything. We loved our choices,the grilled artichoke was scrumptious, the pizza creative and delicious. The house made desserts were beautifully presented and amazing. Our server, Heather was friendly and attentive while giving us all the time we needed to enjoy a delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOT what I expected
    1nightoutaweek
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    From all the hype, I was expecting MUCH better. The service was awful, the people at the table next to us were so loud that I could not hear my husband across the table. The waitress couldn't hear me either because I had to order several things twice! The Caesar salad was I edible it had so much dressing on it. The waitress never even asked if I liked it. Their version of "bolognese" was a bowl of undercooked (not al dente) rigatoni topped with a watery red sauce that contained NO meat pieces whatsoever. Again, the waitress never even asked how it was. She passed our table 7 times after we had both stopped eating and we had to then flag her down to get the check!! It was a waste of a Saturday night!!
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Spirito
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food came out cold. Was sent back and came out cold again. Manager took the affected items off the bill but didn't change, what should have been a nice experience and night out with friends into an unpleasant experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    ECMBVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It was rainy and cool but we opted to sit on the covered patio in front of the fireplace. Perfect! Our waitress was waiting on all of the tables on the patio and bartendeding! She was very professional and provided excellent service!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great
    corvettewalter350
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great place for outside dinning both the service and food were excellent
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Looking forward to our next visit!
    jpc0219
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the delicious food, drink, and tasteful service. We dined inside and found it quite romantic; next time we'll try the outdoor dining ... looks like fun!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service
    datenight
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Went to this lovely spot on a date night which was a great choice the food came out quick the service was great and the setting was very nice as well....sat rite next to the bar inside and it was a lil loud but not bad can still talk soft and hear each other...oh and the bathrooms have TV in the mirror which was pretty cool....I recommended this to anyone...and you can dress how you would like
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unremarkable
    mchardin
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Pizza was great but pasta dish was overpriced for what we got. Atmosphere was probably the best aspect of this place; the staff was competent but did not make the occasion special despite the fact that it was our first timeat this place and we were celebrating a birthday. Overall a decent place but there are so many other choices out there for Italian food in RI.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Italian Food
    Irish
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Love Basta! Quality food with very nice atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • shaken
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I liked it the first two times my husband and I went after it was remodeled and taken over by new owners but the last that we went which was 7/12 we were very disappointed. We had a very very small portion of halibut which was $33 which we thought was ridiculous. The portions were bigger before, there were only two specials and the menu has shortened immensely. Service was good and drinks were good but very disappointed with above.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basta
    Stan
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Excellent food and service. Would highly recommend. Plenty of parking and very friendly staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, but not worth the price.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    They did a fantastic job with the renovation and the space looks great, especially the outside seating area. I just wish the prices were more reasonable for what you're getting.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The place is nice and our server was fantastic. The food is good, but unfortunately I have been spoiled and had better homemade pasta and similar menu items at a lower price before coming here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great night out
    Simone1
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We went to celebrate our anniversary and were very pleased with the service and the delicious food. The salted caramel gelatto was a perfect way to end our meal. Every time we have visited Basta, our experience seems to get better and better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foorspecial occasions
    stillhoneymooning
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary by treating ourselves to dinner. Food and service were impeccable, and the place had a reserved charm that appealed to us old folks. We recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb dinning experience
    Primadonna
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Consistent quality, attentive service and friendly atmosphere. We have been on a quiet Saturday evening and on very busy holidays and the quality of the food and the attentiveness of the service staff remain consistent. For anyone seeking a fine dinning experience ~ Basta is the place to go! Very varied menu and reasonable cost for a quality restaurant! And conveniently located too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!!
    Robs
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    What a great dining experience...Edgewood Manor and Andrew and Ken...highly recommended this wonderful place. It was awesome! I can't wait to go back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as last time.
    wayaka
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This is our second visit to Basta's and this time is was quite a disappointment. The service was outstanding but the meal was less than satisfactory. My wife had the exact same meal as at our previous visit (this was the main reason we returned as it was outstanding on our 1st visit) salmon with lobster over risotto. This time the piece of salmon was extremely small and the lobster consisted of one tiny piece of lobster for $29. I had the bucatini with lobster and had to search to find the lobster. In actuality, the dish was not much more than a plate of bucatini pasta with barely a hint of lobster. As mentioned, before our first experience was great with ample food, as a matter of fact my wife took home half her meal the first time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food. Service can be slow.
    drvans
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Basta's food is pretty consistently good. Their menu has gotten smaller over the years. I can't ever remember having to send something back that wasn't cooked properly. But it seems like almost half the time the service is slow, or the food takes very long to get out. This time, it took 40 minutes to get a small plate of antipasto as an appetizer. We mentioned something about timing, and the manager did comp the appetizer. In addition to the food taking time to get out, the server did not check in often enough. The food was very good, and the atmosphere of the new renovation from a couple of years ago is very pleasant. Can be very noisy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful restaurant
    2energetic
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    the food was really good, our waiter was wonderful, but our experience was marred when a VERY loud group of 6 obnoxious women were seated next to us. they were screaming! fortunately we were nearing the end of our meal. we would have stayed for another drink, but went elsewhere for that
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing dinner
    Potso
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I was anticipating a delicious dinner with our snowbird friends, since I have been to Basta before. Unfortunately, Basta didn't live up to my previous visits. My husbands "go-to" dish, veal parm, was overdone, fried until nearly black. I ordered porchetta, which was very tender and rich, but had barely a handful of meat with quite of bit of fat. I do understand that fat is part of the nature of dish, but more meat should have offset it, especially since there were no sides with this meal. Then there is the noise level! Very loud, since the resturant has an open concept. Still, over the years, Basta has been a favorite place to us. I may try the beautiful outdoor space for grilled pizza!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • tucked away
    NYer
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Very special foodie restaurant tucked into this charming, historic corner of Pawtuxtet Village has a sophisticated, modern casual ambience, great cocktails and special food. Lots of local specials including seafood. Great outdoor space and ample easy parking are special extras.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find!
    Marianne02906
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Fabulous food, great presentation, waitress was very helpful with food choices but the acoustics need attention = loud!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food at a reasonable price
    luvtoeat
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The drinks were excellent--chocolate martini's! Service excellent and pizza and pasta dishes were delicious
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic food/service
    Bigcouzknowsgoodfood
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My wife and I have a list of dope date night spots, Basta will be added to this infrequently changed list. Service was perfect! The waiter was was on point he treated us as we were his only customers.The food was impressive, local ingredients always sell me. Wicked good espresso and dessert were achieved! Don't sleep on Basta and never underestimate the Cranston food scene!! See u soon my new friend Basta!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    Dees
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We all LOVED our meals and the antipasti board was delicious and a fun option to try. Our waiter was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 50 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 137 reviews are from the Basta Italian Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Great Choice
    mghdatenite
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We were looking for somewhere close to home to celebrate my birthday. The food was wonderful and all 5 of us got something different! Our waiter, Anthony, was very pleasant and made the experience that much more enjoyable. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.