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Bastas Trattoria and Bar - Permanently Closed

4.2
4.2
176 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

Permanently Closed - Bastas opened its doors in 1992 and has always taken advantage of our Northwest bounty . We use local organic produce, meats, forest ingredients as well as fish. All of our fresh pastas as well as sausages, pancetta, breads, desserts and infusions are made in house. We believe in supporting our local artisans, and even though our chairs are original (recycled) post modern, they were refurbished locally and the couches and tables were made only a few blocks away. The wood on the walls and tables was salvaged from local barn lumber, and even the point of sale system was designed and is maintained locally.

We are at fault in only one way... our award winning wine list is Italian, like the owner.

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Menu

Salad

  • Grilled Octopus Salad*$11.00

    with arugula and Tuscan potatoes. Drizzled with olive oil and lemon

    • Insalata Mista$7.00

      mixed seasonal greens, mint, shaved fennel, red onions, and a red wine vinaigrette

      • Beet Salad$7.00

        organic beets, baby watercress, goat cheese, and a balsamic vinaigrette

        • Finocchio Avocado$8.00

          chopped romaine, shaved fennel, avocado, pecorino, and a red wine vinaigrette

          • Caesar Salad* **$7.00

            with anchovies upon request

            Vegetables

            • Broccoli Rabe$7.00

              sauteed with pine nuts and raisins

              • Onion Rings$6.00

                battered in rice four, and fried

                • Grilled Tuscan Kale

                  with sea salt

                  • Sauteed Spinach

                    with olive oil and garlic

                    • Tuscan Potatoes$6.00

                      fried in extra virgin olive oil, garlic, rosemary and sage

                      Meat

                      • Antipasto$14.00

                        a selection of charcuterie, cheese, olives and bread

                        • Basta Chicken Fingers$7.00

                          strips of battered chicken breast flavored with five spice served with an arbol chile aioli

                          • Basta Burger$10.00

                            grass fed Piedmontese beef on a Genovese focaccia bun. Served with Tuscan fries

                            • Add Bacon, Avocado, and Smoked Mozzarella$12.00
                          • Grilled Pork Tenderloin$10.00

                            with a port reduction. Served with Tuscan potatoes

                            • Tagliata**$16.00

                              hanger steak dry rubbed with garlic, sage, and rosemary. Grilled and served with Tuscan potatoes

                              • Crispy Chicken$11.00

                                organically fed, air dried, marinated, flash fried, and flavored with rosemary salt.Served a la carte

                                • Gnocchi e Maiale$24.00

                                  with wild mushrooms marsala sauce and grilled peppercorn encrusted pork tenderloin

                                  Pizza

                                  • Pizza Special

                                    ask server

                                    • Margherita$11.00

                                      fresh mozzarella and basil

                                      • Sopressata$13.00

                                        salami, kalamata olives, red onions and mozzarella

                                        • Pepperoni$13.00

                                          house made pepperoni, mozzarella

                                          • La Parma$14.00

                                            arugula, parma prosciutto, and mozzarella

                                            • Vegetarian$14.00

                                              artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, mushrooms, red onions, zucchini, and goat cheese

                                              Seafood

                                              • Fish Special

                                                ask server

                                                • Sauteed Wild Prawns*$9.00

                                                  with romesco and a polenta timbale

                                                  • Grilled Calamari*$8.00

                                                    dry rubbed with oregano and served over pan seared beluga lentils

                                                    Pasta Rice Gnocchi

                                                    • Ken's Artisan Bread$3.00

                                                      served with kalamata olives, olive oil, and balsamic

                                                      • Arancini$7.00

                                                        Sicilian saffron rice fritter stuffed with eggplant zucchini and mozzarella

                                                        • Bolognese$17.00

                                                          classic meat sauce with pork, beef a touch of tomato and cream, cinnamon, and clove. Served over house made tagliatelle

                                                          • Lasagna Toscana$10.00

                                                            layers of braised meats, bechamel, tomato, and imported cheese

                                                            • Casonsei$15.00

                                                              house made ravioli stuffed with with ricotta and spinach served with a sage butter sauce

                                                              • Uncle Vittorio's Ragout$14.00

                                                                pulled pork ribs braised with garden vegetables and tomato. Tossed with fresh rigatoni

                                                                • Potato Gnocchi$12.00

                                                                  served with a tomato basil sauce

                                                                  • Spaghetti con Gamberetti e Prosciutto*$14.00

                                                                    wild shrimp, prosciutto, garlic, spicy arbol chili, and house made pasta

                                                                    • Spaghetti and Meatballs$11.00

                                                                      Southern Italian spiced meat rolled into balls and served with spaghetti

                                                                      • Pasta Pollo$14.00

                                                                        Basta's classic dish from the 90s chicken breast sauteed with sage, toasted garlic, white wine and cream served over penne pasta

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                                                                        What 176 people are saying

                                                                        Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                        4.2
                                                                        4.2 based on all time ratings
                                                                        • 4.2Food
                                                                        • 4.3Service
                                                                        • 3.9Ambience
                                                                        • 4.2Value

                                                                        NoiseModerate

                                                                        94% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                                        1. KG

                                                                          KarenG

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          Dined on December 31, 2016

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          We just spent New Years Eve (my birthday) at BAstas and are super duper sad that it's closing...which is why we wanted to be there one last time! Our meals and service are always top notch- Shelby is an amazing server- we wish Marco and the staff well and hope the newer incarnation reflects the same spirit and quality that Bastas always has. So sorry to see you close!!

                                                                        2. EB

                                                                          EBConnect

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          18 reviews

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          18 reviews

                                                                          Dined on December 24, 2016

                                                                          overall5food4service3ambience4

                                                                          Have loved Basta's for 25 years and SO hate to see it close in just days. It was wonderful to spend a holiday evening there as a "send off." Thanks for everything.

                                                                        3. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          4.0

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          Dined on December 24, 2016

                                                                          overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                          Easy to make reservation online. The food was delivered quickly and was good quality.

                                                                        4. J

                                                                          Julie

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on December 19, 2016

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          There were 7 of us and we all had a different entree and every item was amazing. We all would return to Basta and refer this restaurant to a friend.

                                                                        5. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on December 17, 2016

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          SO sad you are closing! will miss your food and service <3

                                                                        6. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on December 11, 2016

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Our family and friends LOVE Basta's for their food, atmosphere and wonderful staff. So sorry that they are closing at the end of December as they cannot be replaced.

                                                                        7. A

                                                                          Annie

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          4.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on December 10, 2016

                                                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                          sorry to see Basta's close. It's a great northwest neighborhood place.

                                                                        8. P

                                                                          Pdxer

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          5.0

                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                          Dined on December 7, 2016

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Basta's has been a favorite since it opened 25 years ago. I understand it is closing, and that is unfortunate. It has been routinely overlooked over the years in favor of hipster restaurants straining to come up with the most obscure ingredients and combinations gain reviews and flourish. Basta's food is so good, and I've always loved the ambiance. Over the years, Basta has kept up by periodically updating the decor, keeping it current but never sacrificing warmth and comfort. We will make sure to get in at least one more time before the end of December, when it is slated to close.

                                                                        9. M

                                                                          Mike

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          20 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          5.0

                                                                          20 reviews

                                                                          Dined on December 2, 2016

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                          We frequent Basta's. Have reviewed numerous times. Always an enjoyable experience.

                                                                        10. J

                                                                          Justin

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          4.0

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          Dined on November 18, 2016

                                                                          overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                                          Service, food, and price point is great. The lighting was extremely dark. Most light at tables came from a single candle.

                                                                        11. s

                                                                          skichamp02

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          3.0

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          Dined on November 12, 2016

                                                                          overall3food1service4ambience4

                                                                          the quality of food has changed; didn't taste very good. ordered a lasagna and it was just a ball of noodles and cheese. calamri was not good either.

                                                                        12. A

                                                                          Artmom

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on October 22, 2016

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Delicious food for whole family after Children's Theatre. Great service. We all enjoyed it .

                                                                        13. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on October 21, 2016

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Delicious, inviting, cozy, perfect for a date, dinner with friends or just good meal!

                                                                        14. P

                                                                          Patrick

                                                                          Vancouver

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          4.0

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          Dined on October 18, 2016

                                                                          overall4food5service4ambience3

                                                                          Loved Basta for many years. Superior food and beverage. Service was good but not great... servers seemed to be covering too many tables. They would clear one of us and seemed to forget the other. The restaurant could use a makeover (upholstery on the booths) versus "This is us... take it or leave it." I would still take it.

                                                                        15. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          Seattle

                                                                          8 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          4.0

                                                                          8 reviews

                                                                          Dined on October 8, 2016

                                                                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                          Fresh made pasta and outstanding service

                                                                        16. B

                                                                          Babs

                                                                          Dallas

                                                                          10 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          5.0

                                                                          10 reviews

                                                                          Dined on October 6, 2016

                                                                          overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                          Happy hour from 5-6:30 is a terrific deal - reduced price drinks & fab food also at reduced prices. We ordered lasagne & spaghetti and meatballs. Both were excellent. Carpaccio appetizer is also great. They show old movies on a projection screen in the bar area which is fun. Movies are muted with subtitles so are not obtrusive. We also liked the 60's & 70's music playing too. Would highly recommend Bastas.

                                                                        17. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          New York Area

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          1.0

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          Dined on September 21, 2016

                                                                          overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                          We had a reservation but they decided to close early instead. So they did not seat us at all

                                                                        18. C

                                                                          Colleen

                                                                          Pittsburgh

                                                                          48 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          1.0

                                                                          48 reviews

                                                                          Dined on September 21, 2016

                                                                          overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                          We made the reservation on Open Table. When we arrived they informed us the kitchen was closed. We were starving so we were not happy, especially after a long flight home.

                                                                        19. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          4.0

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          Dined on September 18, 2016

                                                                          overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                                          The food was great. The atmosphere cozy and comfortable. The service was also very good. Went with friends and everyone was happy. Go get some!

                                                                        20. P

                                                                          Philip

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on September 18, 2016

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Bastas is consistent. The food is always very good. There are many vegetarian options. Their vegetarian pizza is excellent, as are their onion rings. Prices are reasonable for the quality of the food. We like the old Netflix movies projected on the wall.

                                                                        21. r

                                                                          robl

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          Dined on September 15, 2016

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                          we have all been coming there for almost 20 years, and enjoy it just as much now, or maybe even more. great food, great drinks....but most of all we are now in love with our purple haired waitress. I wish I could remember her name, but she has taken care of us the last two times we came in....and she is the best. we can be a little manic, and she knows just how to treat us. see you next time.

                                                                        22. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          17 reviews

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          17 reviews

                                                                          Dined on September 9, 2016

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                          Havnt been here in a couple years, and the food and service were still just as great as the past.

                                                                        23. JF

                                                                          JoanF

                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          4.0

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          Dined on September 8, 2016

                                                                          overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                          I've been to several Italian restaurants in Portland, but this one just bumped up to one of my faves. Delicious pasta vongole. Great Caesar salad too.

                                                                        24. MB

                                                                          MickyB

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          45 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          4.0

                                                                          45 reviews

                                                                          Dined on September 6, 2016

                                                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                          We do not go to Basta’s as often as we have in the past (the last time was February 2015), but with owner/chef Marco Frattaroli raising money for the Italian Red Cross in connection with the earthquake in Amatrice, it was all the incentive we needed to return. For one week he added the town’s pasta specialty, Amatriciana, to the regular menu with proceeds to be donated to the Red Cross. The dish, bucatini pasta with onions, fresh tomatoes, pecorino cheese, guanciale (pig’s cheek), and a touch of chili, was wonderful, and we hope he leaves it on the menu! We added a side of spinach to give us a “green” and it went well with the dish. The atmosphere in Basta’s is always happy and casual, and our server, Katherine, was wonderful. If you do not like Italian wine, this is not the restaurant for you as the list is totally Italian. As fans of Italian wines, we loved it. It has well-known wines from major regions such as Piemonte and Toscana, but also has wines from all over the country, many of which will be difficult to find elsewhere. Most of the prices are very reasonable for a Portland restaurant. Even as a retired wine retailer, there were surprises for me. We chose a red from Liguria which was new to me – Riccardo Bruna’s Bansìgu – and it went very well with the Amatriciana. With my coffee I had a glass of Chinato to round out the evening. We will not wait as long to return to Basta’s again. In the past we have never had a disappointing meal, and even with lesser food, the wine list would still be an attraction.

                                                                        25. MA

                                                                          MARCO

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          Dined on September 6, 2016

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          When going out I like to enjoy my cocktail and not 2 to 3 large menus and a folder or book of wine lists on the table. When going out I feel I have bought the table for the night. When going out I do not want my entree showing up when I am enjoying my appetizer plate. When going out I do not go out on Fridays and Saturdays. I love Bastas and the staff accommodated my requests in every way. We enjoyed our 41st Anniversary. thank you Bastas

                                                                        26. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          2.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on August 8, 2016

                                                                          overall2food2service3ambience3

                                                                          We were here to celebrate a birthday. The chocolate Torte that was ordered by my daughter was completely burnt. Very disappointed!

                                                                        27. E

                                                                          Eatingthrulife

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          5 reviews

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          5 reviews

                                                                          Dined on August 7, 2016

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Service and food, awesome, as always. The bummer was the family that had a 4 yo in melt-down mode that was screaming. They belonged at Chuckie Cheese.

                                                                        28. DA

                                                                          DAleneW

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          9 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          4.0

                                                                          9 reviews

                                                                          Dined on August 7, 2016

                                                                          overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                                          Basta's is a favorite place to eat and has been for many years. This time our food was warm, not hot and we had a screaming baby next to us. We were dining with friend we hadn't seen in years so it made visiting difficult. They finally took the baby outside so the night was saved. Never had a problem with the food being not hot enough, but it was still delicious and won't stop us from coming back. Next time we'll say something.

                                                                        29. LS

                                                                          LaShonC

                                                                          Seattle

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          4.0

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          Dined on July 30, 2016

                                                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                          Charming restaurant in a vibrant neighborhood. Friendly, fast service and good food.

                                                                        30. B

                                                                          Barb

                                                                          Washington DC

                                                                          15 reviews

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          15 reviews

                                                                          Dined on July 22, 2016

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Wonderful. Ate here two nights with natives who had never been. Good all around in food. Great desserts.

                                                                        31. RA

                                                                          RachaelA

                                                                          San Francisco

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          Dined on July 2, 2016

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Met some friends for dinner before a Thorns game. The service was fantastic and the salmon ravioli was EXCELLENT! Such a great quaint place and perfect location!!

                                                                        32. r

                                                                          robl

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          Dined on June 30, 2016

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          food was even better than I remembered, and our waitress was GREAT.

                                                                        33. S

                                                                          Shelley

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          Dined on June 17, 2016

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                                          This was a great find - it has been here for years but the unimpressive exterior (former Tastee Freeze) kept us from trying it - now it is likely to be a weekly experience. It is not "fancy" just great everyday Italian. We had four different meals - each of them excellent. The service was outstanding - informative and attentive but not overbearing. The only criticism is that the wine list is too limited to Italian wines - not the best for Cab fans. Next time we will bring our own and pay the corkage fee.

                                                                        34. m

                                                                          maryellenm

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          5.0

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          Dined on June 15, 2016

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          we LOVE the margherita pizza, the pork tenderloin, the gnocchi, the finnochio avocado -- well, i guess we love everything! especially shelby the waitress.

                                                                        35. l

                                                                          lck88

                                                                          Las Vegas

                                                                          31 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          5.0

                                                                          31 reviews

                                                                          Dined on June 13, 2016

                                                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                          LOVED IT! Very good wine list but I went with the house wine becaue it was so good! This place was so good we went back the next night.

                                                                        36. GD

                                                                          GordonD

                                                                          Tahoe

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          4.0

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          Dined on June 11, 2016

                                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                          One of my very favorite places for dinner after Mass on Saturday night. Always a fine meal & very good service. Love the Cafe Basta. Would come more often but we live in Washougal, WA.

                                                                        37. T

                                                                          Table42

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          24 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          5.0

                                                                          24 reviews

                                                                          Dined on June 10, 2016

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          The razor clams were devine. The service just leaves one smiling. A place to return to often.

                                                                        38. o

                                                                          obdoc

                                                                          Salt Lake City

                                                                          75 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          5.0

                                                                          75 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 29, 2016

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                                          This was our fourth night in a row dining in a foodie city. We were disappointed by some of the prior restaurants, however Bastas was amazing. We will definitely be going back. The food was great and the staff very friendly and helpful.

                                                                        39. DK

                                                                          DarleneK

                                                                          London

                                                                          10 reviews

                                                                          3.0

                                                                          10 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 29, 2016

                                                                          overall3food2service5ambience4

                                                                          Outstanding service, mediocre food with the exception of the grilled calamari, which was well prepared and tasty. Octopus salad, overlooked octopus. Linguine w clams, not flavorful. Reasonably priced and nice-sized portions, we were happy to get a table easily, and our server was excellent. Ask for the bread while you wait, that was delicious.

                                                                        40. r

                                                                          reidsworld

                                                                          Portland

                                                                          10 reviews

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          10 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 2, 2016

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          The staff could not have been nicer and more fun. The food was great, the service was perfect and I remembered why I love this spot. Will be back again soon...Thanks to all of you for making for a great night out.

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                                                                        Bastas Trattoria and Bar - Permanently Closed is rated 4.2 stars by 176 OpenTable diners

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