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Basta

4.5
311 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

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About

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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation


Dinner:

Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(303) 997-8775
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kelly Whitaker
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Private party facilities
Our dining room is the perfect size for a private party of up to 65 guests. It is available for private parties for dinner seven nights per week. We also offer private lunch and happy hour events. Sample menus available upon request.
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Private party contact
Alan: (303) 997-8775
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Catering
Basta uses a mobile wood fire oven to cater off site and bring the wood fire restaurant experience to you. The focus is on multi course family style menus at a location of your choosing. Rentals, staffing and event planning are also available.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
33rd
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Parking details
Free parking is readily available inside the Peloton Condo Complex.
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Public transit
Arapahoe and 33rd Street Bus stop for the Jump.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.0
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on July 15, 2016

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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5.0Dined on July 12, 2016

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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4.0Dined on July 8, 2016

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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5.0Dined on July 2, 2016

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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5.0Dined on July 1, 2016

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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5.0Dined on June 30, 2016

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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5.0Dined on June 24, 2016

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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2.0Dined on June 1, 2016

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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3.0Dined on May 26, 2016

Seems expensive for pretty basic pizzas. Could be better

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3.0Dined on May 24, 2016

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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5.0Dined on May 21, 2016

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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1.0Dined on May 15, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2016

The risotto dish was spectacular.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2016

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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5.0Dined on May 5, 2016

The meat lasagna was awesome!

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2016

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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5.0Dined on April 21, 2016

Awesome one our family favorites

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2016

Ask about off menu items!!!!

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2016

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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5.0Dined on April 8, 2016

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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5.0Dined on April 2, 2016

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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5.0Dined on March 18, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2016

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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5.0Dined on February 28, 2016

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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5.0Dined on February 26, 2016

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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5.0Dined on February 20, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2016

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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4.0Dined on February 20, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

The Peppers pizza is all time!

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2016

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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5.0Dined on February 6, 2016

Excellent staff, nice ambiance and terrific pizzas.

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2016

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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5.0Dined on January 22, 2016

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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5.0Dined on January 16, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2016

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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5.0Dined on December 30, 2015

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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5.0Dined on December 29, 2015

We eat here a lot and have never been disappointed!

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2015

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

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2015

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

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Basta. The service was friendly and efficient. Ambiance was very nice but the table directly by the front door can be a bit uncomfortable in the winter months. We gorged ourselves on all of the different small plates and starters so I could barely eat our delicious wood fired pizza. Still we saved room for dessert and ordered tiramisu and the smores gelato, which was just a bit too smoky for my palate. Our wine selections were fantastic and our server was very knowledgeable about our choices. I'd definitely recommend Basta if you're looking for a nice meal in Boulder.

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