Basta Italian Restaurant
Basta Italian Restaurant

Basta Italian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bastaonbroad.com/
  • Phone: (401) 461-2300
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 4:30PM-10PM
    Friday - Saturday: 4:30PM-MIDNIGHT
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Basta Italian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
86 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (58)fit for foodies (45)good for groups (35)special occasion (32)great for outdoor dining (31)notable wine list (24)romantic (22)vibrant bar scene (21)hot spot (20)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (5)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    My husband and I have been to Basta many times. We love coming in the summer and be able to enjoy outside. I made our reservation for Mon on line which I have never done before really like that idea. We all have a great time and the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    food was very good, not the best we ever had. service was ok, but our waiter was soooo busy, he had a hard time keeping up.. very crowded and noisy. we felt like we were sitting on top of another table. Prob better on a week night, not a saturday nite.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great atmosphere,food ok,price high
    mjet
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    the interior was beautiful, but the food was not made with high quality ingredients and the prices were very high for chain-like food
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pizza
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had been to Basta before but not since the remodeling . The food was just as good as before but the ambience has been stepped up. It now as a modern feel to it especially with the outdoor covered seating. We definitely enjoyed our dining experience and our waiter Elin ( I think his name was something like that) was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Always excellent food & menu. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • entrées full of interesting flavors
    newtothevillage
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    First time to Basta but not the last. Root vegetable Ravioli entree done al dente with a wonderful cream sauce ...yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed, but still really good
    FrannyandJim
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Annually my wife and I travel from NH to RI (we met and married there). Last year, we dined at Basta on the recommendation of our innkeeper. Since everything was fantastic, we decided to eat here again this year. Our waiter, unfortunately, misrepresented one of the specials as "striped swordfish". Despite the confusing title, my wife ordered it only to find out that in reality it was "striped bass" a fish she tends to avoid because of its blandness....despite all the efforts of the chef, it was in a rather gluey sauce (she ended up picking at it and left half of it uneaten). On the other hand, I had the short ribs and they were amazing....in fact, my wife ate some of mine. Overall, we left with a feeling of unfulfilled promise.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Notsatisfied
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    It was the loudest dining experience I have ever had. Then on top of that a live singer set up and played which was equally loud (and I'm not old)!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • love2eatout
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was exceptional...I had the salmon/lobster with lemon risotto. I also had the bib salad which was delicious!! Party of 2 has you seated against the wall with no privacy to talk...too cramped plus tough to talk on a loud Friday night. I would go back but not on a weekend night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great first visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Basta had been on my list of restaurants to try. Food was fabulous; nice wine selections; a little on the noisy side but definitely will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This restaurant will not disappoint
    David
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    This is swiftly becoming my new favorite spot to spend an evening. The atmosphere is wonderful, the staff is welcoming and the food is excellent. What more do you need?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food!
    Rita27
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great food and great service! Menu is quite impressive and a vast selection!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food
    TracyS
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Thsi is in my neighhood and I have been wanting to try it. I went with 2 friends and well all enjoyed the food. All main dishes were excellent, service was very good and attentive
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Evening
    ParksideNightOut
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The atmosphere, service and food were all exceptional. It was our first time here and I made the reservation on line requesting a specific table that I liked from the photos on their website. I had forgotten about my request, but the hostess did not and sat us exactly at the requested table. All the food was exceptional, except for the pork tenderloin. This dish was a bit heavy on the rosemary and salt, but when we shared our observation with the waitress she was incredibly gracious and came back to let us know that the chef was very appreciative of our impression. Overall a great night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food at a reasonable price
    rjh1
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    All of the food was good, and we had almost every dessert on the menu between all of us. All of the desserts were phenomenal. My only complaint was the pasta sauce on my chicken parm and pasta. The sauce was quite disappointing for a $22 meal. It was watery and tasted like it was straight from a jar. The service was awesome and everyone was very friendly and I would still go back again, just not for the chicken park.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great food and wonderful environment and service! Very comfortable outside bar area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Basta era benissimo!
    JustRightBite
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Returned to Basta for the first time since the remodel. The restaurant is very nicely finished and the food was excellent. Our server was Christie and she was fantastic. We were celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary and had a great night! Prices were on the high side but worth it for the special occasion. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not our usual Basta experience
    Lizz
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was fantastic as always, but our waiter was very inattentive. A disappointment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    Lizz
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    FunBobby
    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!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • SpiritoVIP
    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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 50 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 158 reviews are from the Basta Italian Restaurant reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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.
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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