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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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Excellent food and service. Would highly recommend. Plenty of parking and very friendly staff"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Fabulous food, great presentation, waitress was very helpful with food choices but the acoustics need attention = loud!"
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Drinks and food were great. Girls had a great time..waitstaff very accommodating. Look forward to al fresco dining"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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
  • "I just enjoyed dining at Basta with friends. The service was excellent, the food was fresh and beautifully presented. The atmosphere was serene and calm. I remarked that I will have to go back with my husband- he will love it."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "This was a first time for me at Basta and although the food and service were wonderful the noise level made it very hard to engage in any type of private conversation. I would recommend more space in between tables. other then that everything else was great!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The place is great, I've been there before and have loved it. But on this night, I ordered the swordfish special and it was very dry. I was disappointed. Two others in our party loved their food so I just ordered the wrong thing. Would definitely go back though."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Went to Basta for Easter dinner, hadn't been since they remodeled. Enjoyed the ambiance of their new outdoor dining area. Wait staff was very nice, food was very good. Thought the menu was somewhat limited, prices a little high and portions were a little on the small side (but I am a big eater). Overall it was a good experience and I will be going back."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We went to Basta for Easter dinner.....service right from the moment we entered the door was fantastic and George our waiter was wonderful. The food melted in our mouths and was well worth the price!!! We also had a 5 year old with us and they were wonderful to her and she enjoyed it also! We will definitely be returning and will highly recommend it to our friends!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The veal parm and chicken marsala are very good. Order the calamari appetizer if you like hot and spicy food. It is delicious. Don't miss the cheesecake for desert. Pretty interior."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I had the veal parm and my girlfriend had the chicken marsella...both were absilutely delicious."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Excellent evening. Food and wait staff were outstanding."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Brought out of State visitors to Basta for dinner on Thursday. We have dined there previously and are always delighted. Every meal (veal, fish, pasta) received rave reports, as did the calamari and arrachinni appetizers we shared. Despite every table being occupied, as were bar seats, the service was most efficient and noise level quite low. Basta has become our go to spot. Parking lot behind the building, in tandem with excellent menu, food, friendly staff, makes this restaurant a great alternative to driving to Providence for a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Took out a friend to celebrate her birthday. Food was delightful ;ambience reminiscent of New York style. Waiter seemed a bit harried. All in all a pleasurable dining experience"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Worth the drive from New Hampshire. The staff really cares whether customers are happy with their meals and the level of preparation. My wife is a N. Providence Italian and a great cook. She puts you guys right at the top of her go-to places if she doesn't want to cook at home. Any seafood dish you might order will leap into the top three on your all-time best list. We've been there twice. Even though we now live 2 hours north, we simply had to come back."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Very good service. Full staff levels at 8:00 on a Wednesday night, tells me the ownership strives good service. Great deserts."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Visited Basta's w my wife and another couple and we found the food to outstanding and the service to be the same, however, the portions were small for price we paid. Our foursome had no cocktails and only one desert and the total bill w tip came to $192. A bit pricey. The venue was loud but energetic. It was a Thursday night w a singer but u could barely hear him with the noise generated by the restaurant crowd ."
    Dined on 3/27/2014