Basta

4.5
312 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Basta, located in Boulder, Colorado, offers seasonal menus and inspired wines that change when required. The restaurant offers a wood fire oven that bakes pizza to bubbly perfection, as well as chef-inspired plates and drinks. Colorado�s fresh ingredients are used along with a dose of creativity and skill to bring a meal you won�t find elsewhere. Also at Basta, you can enjoy a beer, wine or cocktail of your choice.

Some of the recent seasonal offerings include the Daisy pizza with mozzarella, basil and olive oil, as well as the scratch lasagna which feeds up to six people. Desserts at Basta include doughnuts, mint ice cream and tiramisu.

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Lilly
Denver
13 reviews
Reviewed on June 21, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

This place only has a wood burning oven...no conventional oven in the restaurant. That makes everything delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basta was amazing! Great staff, awesome food. We got the burrata and bread to start, which was delicious and a definite highlight. We then had a nice, fresh salad followed by a Daisy pizza. The standout was the chicken, which was crispy and tender and pretty mind blowing. Nice atmosphere, but weird location in the middle of an apartment complex. We will definitely be back though! Really great food and wine.

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vipRobertF
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem in Boulder. We moved to Boulder after living in France for the previous 20 years, and this is the closest to a French\Italian neighborhood restaurant that we have found in the Boulder area. Their whole fish is like served on the Mediterranean.

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vipSebastian
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Not really Italian, a bit out of the way, but really excellent food. The bread with burrata and the pizzas were amazing. The salads were great. Since we are from New Orleans the octopus was underwhelming, and the shortribs were really not $70-worth of delicious. Nonetheless a special place with great servers.

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vipShoma
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an amazing meal at Basta! From the service to the food, everything was perfect. The short rib was out of this world! I suspect they don't get a lot of young diners (our 10 month old was with us) but they were super friendly and welcoming to our family which we appreciated. We will definitely be back for special occasions.

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vipColoradoFoodie
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously blew away our expectations! Our friends said it would be amazing but we had no idea what talent existed here. So glad we made the trip from Denver! We fortunately dined at the chef's counter and were amazed by everything being prepared in the oven. Looking forward to coming back soon!

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vipfoodie
Dallas
109 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience5

LOVE Basta. The pizzas are fantastic. The plain lemon, olive oil and lettuce salad is great. The half chicken is outstanding. We love the atmosphere and the food!
We live in Dallas and go to Basta every time we're in Boulder.

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vipReadytoeat
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious with everything cooked in the "fireball in the kitchen" according to our waiter, the stone oven. 1/2 chicken was crispy on all the skin, pizza perfect and sweet peas smokey. Campfire vanilla not to be missed ice cream for dessert!

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vipcococheese
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2016
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Food options are minimal and it is extremely overpriced. You can go to Blackbelly or Spruce and get a better meal for the same price. There were no special drink prices. Cost us $80 for a couple of drinks and a pizza...oh did I mention that if you order a 2nd glass of iced tea that you get dinged for that?

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GarethR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Seems expensive for pretty basic pizzas. Could be better

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Lindsey
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food and wine were good but canned beer cost $8 and the pizza is around $18 for a 1-2 person pizza. Their prices were generally too high. Also, they do not offer happy hour which I find to be unacceptable. Though, the pizza was tasty and our service was good.

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vipMikeD
Denver
244 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We like the pizza at Basta. Thin crust. Woodfired oven. Good size for two of us to share. We had the arugula and prosciutto. A little cheedse melted on a crust with a salad of arugula and prosciutto on top. Unusual presentation, but very good. Good wine selections. We also had the pickled vegetables. Small size. Caramel and black salt ice cream was a little salty and very small.

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Sp2425
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2016
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Really? $20 martinis? Absolutely not worth it. Veggie medley boasts an assortment but ends up as unimpressive - primarily potatoes.

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mckathleen
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The risotto dish was spectacular.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! We usually order a baby green salad for the table and everyone gets their own pizza. Favorites include the Peppers (the BEST pepperoni), Arugula, and the Daisy pizza. Their burnt caramel and salt ice cream and potato doughnuts are absolutely delicious. Amazing pizza, great wine, yummy deserts and fun atmosphere. Wait staff is friendly and attentive. Hidden gem in Boulder.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meat lasagna was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining evening! From the moment we walked in Alan was incredible. He knew who we were and made us feel very welcome. Alan, you are superb! We sat by the oven and was impressed with the chef who was cooking that evening.
Thanks again and see you soon!
Kim and cathy

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HeidiT
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome one our family favorites

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Karen
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ask about off menu items!!!!

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vipPattyjo
Denver
86 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2016
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Love the food, the drink, the service and have been back many times. I don't know if it was because they were crowded or something else but the noise level was so high could barely carry on a conversation! It is one of our favorite places but this will make me reconsider when I go back

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! The staff was very nice and attentive. Opened the door for us and everybody was on point with service. The 72 hour roast dish was one of the best meat dishes I have ever had.

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JeremyN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

An imaginative though somewhat limited menu befitting a resto relying on a wood burning oven. Enjoyed f ully our roast veg salad, clams, and pizza. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I enjoy going to Basta each and every time. The service is friends and thoughtful, and the food is delicious.

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LaureK
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us dined at Basta. Each dish we ordered (including appetizers and dessert) were excellently prepared and tasted fantastic with fresh ingredients and simple; very traditional Italian which is not easy to find in Colorado! The waiter was also fantastic and enthusiastic about the food which made us want to try everything he suggested.

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vipFine4Foodie
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2016
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This was our 3rd time at Basta and we enjoyed the experience. Very attentive service. The food was great but the sea bass was slightly dry as compared to last time. Don't get me wrong - it was still very, very tasty but not quite a 10 out of 10 this time. Still one of the best restaurants around - very fresh food that is skillfully prepared.

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ChristinaJ
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. You can see the brick oven and watch some hand-crafted drinks be made. Pre-drink cocktails were great, the food recommendations were excellent - we had the pepperoni pizza, whole roasted fish, and donughts. One of the owners is also a Sommelier so he enjoyed answering our questions about ordering a bottle of wine. The value for the food quality was also great. Try their house made chili oil!

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vipRebeccaV
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great pizza! The service was also top notch. Great drink menu.

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TeresaT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this is our new favorite. everything was exceptional. the short ribs were over the top ! we were surprised at how many families with small children were there - noise level high until they left. there isn't a kids menu so not sure what that was about ? the food, service and wine were perfect

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vipfoodie
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Solid food. The duck confit was amazing! The cocktails were fabulous and fun

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Baz1
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Peppers pizza is all time!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Both the food and service were great. My wife has a gluten allergy and they were great at accommodating us, plus the GF pizza was incredible. First time eating at Basta and we will definitely be regulars.

Ryan

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff, nice ambiance and terrific pizzas.

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vipAllieM
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Upbeat energetic vibe. Small restaurant. Burrata n chicken were delicious. Tiramisu was ok not great. Single espresso's seemed very short. Would return and try other dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is very friendly by all staff, from phone reservation to hostess and wait staff. Very welcoming and the food is fantastic. All their dishes are cooked in that imported italian wood burning oven. All the dishes are very flavorful. Including the pizzas and dessert. Highly recommend.

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vipPbj7
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to go for great pizza. Not over priced and a good find! Must try their shrub!

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Mary
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our experience at Basta from the moment we sat down. My husband and I shared an the burrata appetizer (to die for. served with amazing freshly baked bread), a pizza and two scoops of homemade ice cream (not to be missed.)

Being pregnant, I didn't get to enjoy their cocktails or wine list, but they had great non-alcoholic options.

Our server was kind and attentive. They even held the door for us when we left. An all around great experience and we'll be likely be regulars.

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vipLikestohike
Denver
62 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything here is cooked in the wood-fired oven. We were a party of 6, with two kids. The kids had the cheese pizza; the rest of us shared small plates, a large Colorado bass, and vegetable sides. It was all delicious. The ambiance is casual (and kid-friendly) but the service is attentive and expert. We enjoyed our evening here. The restaurant is a bit hard to find -- it's in the Peloton condo complex. In fact it's been here over a year but it was not til I saw the 'top 10 in Denver' review in a magazine that I realized that it was here!

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vipmanya
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here a lot and have never been disappointed!

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vipHappyMama
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Basta, the food is of a very high quality, the staff is friendly and we absolutely love it.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my dad her for xmas dinner. It was incredible. The 1/2 chicken is ridiculously delicious.

FAQs

Basta offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 997-8775.

Basta is rated 4.5 stars by 312 OpenTable diners.