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Basta Italian Restaurant
Basta Italian Restaurant

Basta Italian Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bastaonbroad.com
  • Phone: (401) 461-2300
  • 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, 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    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"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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!!"
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Great place for outside dinning both the service and food were excellent"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Love Basta! Quality food with very nice atmosphere!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Would highly recommend. Plenty of parking and very friendly staff"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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!!!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Fabulous food, great presentation, waitress was very helpful with food choices but the acoustics need attention = loud!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The drinks were excellent--chocolate martini's! Service excellent and pizza and pasta dishes were delicious"
    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!"
    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. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We spontaneously decided to try basta and were not disappointed. I thought the red and black decor was classy and the waiters wore red now ties...nice touch. Our waiter was excellant and the pizza, bolanase and meatball app were delicious! We had cheesecake which was tasty. The chocolate cake was ok, not my favorite but it was ok. Overall excellant and we would go again."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The service was the stand-out for me @ Basta. The bartending staff was smiling and very friendly. Our server was prompt, polite, informed and couldn't do enough to make our dinner enjoyable.........all without "hovering". The food was good, but not great."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We made last minute reservations per recommendations for Mother's Day. It was a gorgeous evening and when we arrived they were seating us indoors- I requested outdoors if possible. Within 60 seconds we were seated. Perfect. The menu was limited as it was a special Mother's Day menu of favorites. The Rigatoni Bolognese was outstanding. Very fresh and flavorful. My favorite dish of the evening. Then again the dessert (Tiramisu) was delicious, too. All in all a very enjoyable dining experience."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I wanted to find a nice restaurant with good food and a quiet atmosphere that would please both my wife and my 87 year old mother on Mother's Day. I hadn't thought of Basta because I had not thought it would be open until dinner time. I was pleasantly surprised that it was and could accommodate a party of three at a reasonable hour. It was a home run on all levels. Not only was the food and service excellent but the noise level was the least I had experienced for a holiday meal in an awfully long time. I'm saying all this at the risk of having it spoiled for me on future holidays because of everyone deciding to go there but I have to be honest. I would recommend it to anyone."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food and service was great, the atmosphere was not! The place is very noisy and we had people sitting immediately to the left and right of us almost shoulder to shoulder. I would not recommend Basta for a quiet night of dining by any means. Really not my kind of dining experience. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I went here years ago, it was always decent. The new interior is beautiful, even the tableware /setting were on point. The food was hot, prompt & delicious! I recommend it to everyone. I will return. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "restaurant very trendy .Menu much smaller than expected . "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Came up from DC to visit family and stopped in at Basta for dinner on a Saturday night. The place was packed and loud, but the service and food quality did not suffer! It was delicious. Big portions, pasta cooked perfectly al dente like in Italy. Would definitely go back. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoy the atmosphere and feel of the restaurant. The food and service is always great and I look forward to the specials!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Drinks and food were great. Girls had a great time..waitstaff very accommodating. Look forward to al fresco dining"
    Dined on 5/2/2014