I love this place one major
I love this place one major problem for me is the noise level.Granted I have been there twice on crowded nights but someone has to look to finding was to reduce the noise. Also for Godsake fill the Martini glasses to the top.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
We love this newly re-invented
We love this newly re-invented restaurant right in our back yard. It has a great feel, albeit, a bit noisy. On the night before Easter, the place was busy and festive. The new outdoor patio had been just staged, and looked beautiful, eventhough it was still too cool to enjoy the setting. I imagine this will be very popular on summer/fall evenings.The food was, overall, very good. Pasta dishes are enormous (2 meals), the veal chop magnificent. To our taste, the calamari could have been more crispy, and the risotto was undercooked. We do plan to return.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always was an excellent resturant..
Always was an excellent resturant... Remodeling and freshens menu made it even better
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
We've always enjoyed Basta.
We've always enjoyed Basta. They're now newly renovated with larger clean spaces and nice decor. Food's good but there's no cream sauce pastas on the menu and they didn't offer to make one special so I ended up eating a second choice... but it was good anyway.
It was a little pricey too but we'd go back none the less.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Having been a long time patron
Having been a long time patron of Basta, I was anxious to see the place after the total remodeling. Very nice inside, however I was very disappointed with the very limited lunch menu for Saturday. Might consider going back to try it for dinner but not sure.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
All around very good!
Really enjoyed the food and service. The re-inventing really paid off.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Basta is wonderful!
Would highly recommend this restaurant. They recently re-opened after a renovation project that turned out beautifully. The restaurant's atmosphere is both hip and gorgeous with beautiful reds and dark wood. Their outdoor patio has beautiful lighting, comfortable furniture and an outdoor gas fireplace with a bar. I can't wait until the weather warms up a bit to enjoy the new space. The drinks were perfect, and our waiter, Alex, was knowledgeable and attentive without being too overbearing. The food was A+ we had an artichoke dip with homemade potato chips, which was amazing. I had the salmon with risotto, and my friend had a beautiful steak encrusted with gorgonzola with a side of mashed potatoes and veggie. Nutella pizza for des.!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Vitello Saltimbocca was
The Vitello Saltimbocca was the best I have ever had.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food !!!
Great food !! I was happy that they accommodated my dietary needs . The service was excellent!! I thought the ambience was very nice and loved the decor and the pizza oven !!! I appreciate the great booth near the bar ! I hope we can get that booth again!!
Lori & Vin
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Basta is a little bit of Federal Hill tucked away in Pawtuxet Village. Great ambiance, servers are friendly and prompt, and the food is amazing!
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Better than ever! Love the new look. Stuffed veal chop incredible as usual.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
New look is truly fabulous,
New look is truly fabulous, but sorely miss the quiet, romantic atmosphere it once had. Food and service were both top-notch. Tables too close together. Bench seating for two has patrons on top of one another and you couldn't help but chit-chat with those on either side. Conversations were borderline screaming for acoustics were poor and the overall atmosphere was nothing short of loud. I am a firm believer that change is inevitable, but the loss of the once quiet, romantic atmosphere that I so fondly remember has overshadowed their "Revitalization".
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Basta Still Great
First time visiting since the change in ownership and remodel. We loved the old Basta so went went with a little trepidation on how the new Basta would stand up. Not as elegant a dining experience, the new Basta is more casual. That being said, everything was outstanding. The food and service was excellent.
The only negative is that the tables are to close together and I felt that I was sharing my space with the diners next to me.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Absolutely loved it! A definite item for your bucket list! The menu is diverse enough for anyone to enjoy, and the food is amazing! We will absolutely be going back. I can't wait to dine on the outdoor patio.....beautiful.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had frequented the original Basta prior to renovations and new opening. The new Basta is great......bartenders are super......food is excellent and more moderate choices than the original Basta. However the moderate prices do not influence the quality of food. Had the pizza, caprese salad, gnochi, arocini and the meat platter in the 2 times that we've been. All items were excellent. Will definitely return !!
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Renovations are beautiful!
New ownership really knows what they're doing! The atmosphere, service and patio are greatly improved over the Basta of old. Food was very good, especially the risotto scallops dish. I will recommend Basta on Broad.
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great menu. Loved the arancini appetizer and the arugula salad. And so happy to enjoy a gluten free option for the pizza! My date's fish was a little bland but it was a special so not always available.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I would have given the food 5 stars, however, the calamari while delicious, had too many hot peppers for myself and my guests taste. The mahi mahi was amazing and the specialty margarita may be the best margarita I have ever had.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent service as soon as we arrived, our waiter was very accommodating and helpful.The veal dish was very tender. Just a very relaxing night!!
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was my first time going
This was my first time going to Basta since it's been under new ownership. I was really happy with the food and the whole new look. I think it has a much better energy than it did before and I can't wait to go back.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time, Will go back.
We had a great experience at Basta. We will defintely go back. The tortellini were excellent.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
My first time at Basta won't be my last! Great food, great service and they made a great drink! The beer menu could be a bit more "crafty".
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Seven friends went on a Saturday evening and we all said we would go back. The food was excellent. Four of us had the salmon with the lobster topping on risotto. We all agreed it was excellent. One had sword fish and two had pasta dishes which they enjoyed as well. Nice wine list.
The food is excellent, albeit a little pricey, the waitress was very professional , nice ambience....looking forward to my next visit!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Each course was delicious. We had the arancini, Caesar salad, veal saltimbocca, fettuccini fra diavolo, and you must get the tiramisu. The remodel makes the atmosphere more enjoyable and less stuffy and formal. I would highly recommend this for an adult night out. I did not see any kids there. Making reservations online was a bonus.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a terrific meal at Basta and service was great. Will definitely return
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
My girlfriend and I had a great expirience at our last visit to Basta. The food was outstanding and the service was next to perfection. Dinner on a weekday wasn't too busy and it allowed the atmosphere to be intimate and very enjoyable!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Improving with age
As locals in the Pawtuxet Village neighborhood, we really enjoy Basta immensely. We have brought family, friends, colleagues and business associates, all of whom have been nicely impressed. The food and service are excellent. Any small gliches we experienced when they first reopened, have been ironed out. The outdoor space is very nice. On a busy evening, the noise level can be a bit distracting in the dining room, so be prepared. Otherwise, it is a favorite spot and we are frequent guests.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another enjoyable meal
This is our 3rd time to the restaraunt and it didn't disappoint. Service level is excellent and the food and great. Will continue to frequent.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
1st time dining
Great food. Would recommend splitting the meals as they are huge. Get bars as well. Lots of parking
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was great outdoor dining is wonderful food was great what more can I say.
Everyone needs to try it !!!!!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waiter was curtious, friendly,
Our waiter was curtious, friendly, very informative about the wine selection. He suggested a red wine that was delicious.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great experience at Basta this past weekend...one of our favorite spots. Food is always excellent. Service was top notch with friendly staff throughout, beginning with the gentleman who sitted us when we arrived. Loved the new makeover of the restaurant. More of an open floorplan. Will definitely return in the future.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great new gliten free options
We have been going to Basta for years since we live in the neighborhood and was thrilled to see more gluten free options after the remodeling and reopening. I had the filet mignon which came with a potato croquette which they were more than happy to switch for a gluten free side. I also noticed that the pizzas are available gluten free so will have to go back to try that too. The food and service have always been good and I like the new outdoor bar and firplace on the patio.
I didnt notice if any of the pasta dishes are available gluten free but will be sure to check next time.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent fare, bar scene
Excellent fare, bar scene weekends, definitely popular spot.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food
The food was great! and there were 5 of us and everybodies meal was different!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a first visit to
This was a first visit to the renovated restaurant.
We liked the new look. Now that it is more open, it was loud at times.
The service was very good. Our table was ready when we arrived.
Everyone liked their meals.
We will return.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first dinner at Basta, and it won't be our last. We live near the Conn. border, but were going to the RW Zoo Pumpkin Spectacular & wanted to try someplace new & close to the park. Despite the distance, we can't wait to go back! Not being a weekend night, the restaurant was quiet & very pleasant. Our waiter, Peter, was attentive w/o being intrusive, & made fantastic recommendations. The wine list had one of our favorites for a reasonable price. We had the Monk Fish special & salmon with risotto, both were fantastic! The desserts were incredible…best chocolate torte ever. We also loved the portuguese sweet bread pudding w/ pumpkin spice gelato. It's pricey, so we'll save our return for a special occasion. Can't wait!
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been going here for years!
My husband and I go to Basta every year on our anniversary. Until this past year, we always thought of Basta as quaint, romantic, and special. Although the food is still great, they've taken certain items off the menu (boo for fish lovers!). The tables used to be lined with white tablecloths and now they have a paper placemat. The charm is unfortunately gone. The prices still remain the same. Although it lacks the old ambiance, the place now has a very comfy outdoor hearth with a bar that is nice on a warm evening. I will still go there occasionally, but not for our old romantic dinners of the past. It's probably better for business to have more seating, but I'll be finding a new gem for our anniversary dinner!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Real old world itallian. The
Real old world itallian. The specials are fantastic. The pizza is out of this world. Be sure to leave room to share a piece of the cheesecake!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place for dinner date
Great place for dinner date or even just to grab some drinks and apps with friends. Nice ambience...modern...trendy.
The menu offered the Italian standards but with a modern flair. Everything was fresh and delicious. Make sure you save room for the Nutella Creme Brûlée...Amazing! The staff was very attentive. Our waiter was personable, knowledgable, and made wonderful wine suggestions.
We will definitely be returning.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to this quaint spot to grab dinner with friends. The decor is lovely and the food was even better. We will be back!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Small Transformation, Big Result
Have been to Basta a number of times since its remodel. While the footprint of the restaurant hasn't changed, the interior has gone from "for older people" to "contemporary, fun, exciting". It is now more aligned to the neighborhood where it is located.
Everything was great. Food is very good. Could just have a bit more specialness to it to earn an outstanding rating. But the overall experience is just that...outstanding.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM