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Basta Italian Restaurant

4.5
4.5
1675 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Please note, our outdoor dining is seated on a first come, first served basis. We do not reserve tables on the patio; we apologize for any inconvenience.

For 30 years, locals have become regulars and traveling foodies have raved. What can we say? We are flattered, grateful and more than ever, determined to exceed your expectations. For this reason we recently underwent a comprehensive renovation, updating and upgrading every facet of our restaurant, from design and equipment to menu and energy. We are so proud of the result and we know you are going to love it.

We invite you to join us to experience Basta for yourself. Our locally sourced, internationally influenced menu, AVPN Certified Neapolitan pizzas and robust wine offering will combine to create an unforgettable experience for you and your friends or family.

We look forward to serving you soon!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday - Thursday: 4:30PM-10PM Friday - Saturday: 4:30PM-11PM Late night menu served during final hour of each evening.

  • Phone number

    (401) 461-2300

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    The Sala Privata, a private dining room that can accommodate up to 24, complete with a projection system, computer hookups and personalized volume control. We are also available for private parties daily 12:00PM - 3:30PM accommodating up to 100 persons.

  • Private party contact

    Sasha Richards: (401) 461-2300

  • Neighborhood

    Cranston

  • Cross street

    Aborn Street

  • Parking details

    Behind the restaurant is a large private parking lot for our guests, which leads directly into our patio entrance.

  • Entertainment

    Our in house Jazz Band, "The Night Owls" play every Wednesday 7:00PM - 10:00PMRotating musical performances every Thursday night beginning at 7:30PM - 10:30PM

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,675 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Rhode Island

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. MB

    MarkB

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Sat at tables of two against the wall, tables are to close together, on top of people to the left and right.
  2. L

    Lilly

    New England

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Food quality was very very good and generous but execution was just fair. Service was surprisingly slow especially since the restaurant was about only a third full. Calamari was crisp light tender and tasty...maybe the best I've ever had. Salads were too simple for their prices. Husband said bolognese needed more meat less salt. Saltimbocca and scallops good but both dishes were heavy with sauce. Chocolate bomb yummy but sloppily presented. Maybe a weekend night would show the place at its best. We were satisfied but this night did not live up to expectations.
  3. DG

    DanG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and service. Loved the outdoor seating. Going to be a go to date night place for sure.
  4. PD

    ProvidenceDinerDan

    New England

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We selected this restaurant on a whim. We wanted Italian...and we got Italian! We had no expectations walking in and I will say this place was absolutely terrific!!!! We love the atmosphere and the wait staff...especially our server who was engaging and most knowledgeable. The food was exceptionally prepared and presented. We will definitely return and soon and often!!
  5. K

    Krissy

    New England

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    GREAT service Great food! Such a great experience as always!
  6. AD

    AmyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place and attentive, friendly service. I felt completely safe with our server’s understanding of my good allergy. Food is amazing and ambiance is so pretty. All set in the loveliest of villages.
  7. LM

    LynnM

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good, food and service !
  8. T

    happyT01

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous wine selection and both the chicken and the veal parmigiana was delicious!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great find from OpenTable! Love the vibe , food and service. We will be back again !
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and great service!
  11. TL

    TLF18

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at the bar. Great service. Food was great
  12. DL

    DoLunchNotDinner

    Los Angeles

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great bread, olive oil and balsamic. Great authentic pizza. Little loud, could have more calming music
  13. JS

    JohnS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and Excellent Service. My Father-in-Law who was born in Naples (Italy, not Florida) had the Cavatelli. He said it was "delicate and delicious". Mary our server was fun, attentive and professional.
  14. M

    Michael

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Although I have had some good experiences at Basta, this last one was very bad. The appetizer (meatballs) was very bland and the dinner itself took 45 minutes to arrive. When it did, the fish was very bad tasting. In fairness, the manager took that off the bill and the servers were very nice. All that said, Basta lacks the most important thing for an expensive restaurant: consistency. There are just too many other excellent restaurants in RI.
  15. DM

    DMarie

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food and drinks. Nice atmosphere.
  16. D

    Drew

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience, superb meal, drinks, and service. Will frequent again soon!
  17. D

    Donnaf

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    the chicken parm was good but the sauce was to tomato to me thanks
  18. G

    Gjmt9900

    New England

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We arrived early and even though there were many tables available we were seated at a very uncomfortable booth near the bar. Not ideal with two children. Service was slow and waiter had a bit of an attitude. Appetizers and entrees took way too long time to come out. Had to send the $58 filet mignon back for being way undercooked. Instead of firing a new plate they overcooked the filet mignon and added more gravy making it almost inedible. Not worth the money.
  19. PQ

    PeloQueen

    New England

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Tables were jammed in so tight, the servers could barely move! Waaaay too many people in the restaurant and the staff could barely keep up. Our drink order was incorrect 2x. The antipasto board was stunning. Seems like they are stretching themselves thin with the large number of guests and it shows.
  20. b

    becky

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Easy to make reservations, pleasantly greeted upon arrival. Waitress was very pleasant though a little inattentive when we waited an excessively long time for our appetizer- an antipasto platter that was very disappointing - two types of cheese (bland) and two types of meet, only green olives, though cranberry preserves were pretty good. Food was ok, nothing really special. Somewhat loud, definitely overpriced, not worth the money or the wait. Not likely to go back.
  21. JP

    JaneP

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at the bar on the patio and the bartender was awesome! Food was great!
  22. JB

    JerryB

    New England

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    I had the veal saltimbocca, and my wife had the cod fish. My meal came with three small arancini (rice balls in a marinara sauce). The arancini arrived cold. They were very bland. My veal was hot and tender, but the sauce was subpar. My wife enjoyed her cod fish, but the piece of fish was very small for $30+ dollars. Both dishes were average at best with a hefty price tag. There are my better options in this area than Basta, and at a much better price point. I don't think we'll be going back.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great cocktails. Very best lobster bisque ever, perfectly balanced. Everyone enjoyed their entrees. Desserts are terrific. Favorite restaurant to bring friends to. Service is excellent and outdoor dining is as pleasant as indoor. Our favorite restaurant year round!
  24. B

    Bethany

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    First time at Basta. We were celebrating my daughters birthday. The restaurant has nice decor. I ordered the Rigatoni Bolognese. I have had this at other restaurants. I found this time it was very dry, especially since very little sauce to it. Someone else in the party had the chicken parmigiana and that looked good. The dessert was small. The gelato was different and not what we are used for gelato (it was thick and creamy). Considering I didnt care for the antipasto appetizer, the bolognese, and the dessert was small, the price was big.
  25. PD

    PaulaD

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From food to service, we enjoyed it all. Glad we chose to celebrate birthdays here. Thanks Paula
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Good service, mediocre Italian food. Pasta sauce seemed like it hadn’t been cooked long enough. Cavatelli dish was salty and very one note. Overall it was acceptable but not going back anytime soon.
  27. T

    Thosmiel

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waitress was wonderful and helpful. The service and community was great. A bit noisy but enjoyable. Food was excellent.
  28. SC

    SylviaC

    New England

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Randy, our server was AMAZING. She knew what we needed before we knew lol. Everything was perfect except the veal saltimboca. We will be back.
  29. LM

    LynnM

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All good, food great, server excellent
  30. J

    John

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, amazing food, will definitely go back.
  31. DR

    DaveR

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    4 of us decided to eat at the bar. The bartender Justin was personable, prompt, knows his craft, and provided excellent service. Asset to the restaurant. Will definitely go back. -Dave.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy it there
  33. R

    Ramon

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Basta had a good selection of food and drinks for the occasion. The seating was a little cramped, and by the middle to end of the night the place was packed with what looked like a party. Which was close to us so we could not hear anything.
  34. g

    georgeb

    New England

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    accustomed to only great experiences at Basta. This last visit really missed the mark and I may never go back.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family came in from out of town and I wanted to impress them with a truly RI experience. The food was excellent, the patio was beautiful and the servers were perfect! My sister and nieces enjoyed the experience. And I was so glad I had this wonderful place to share with them.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always delicious and the service was fantastic!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A food was wonderful, and the drinks were great.. The staff was amazing and very accommodating. We brought our one and a 1/2 year old son with us they provided him with a booster seat and immediately brought us some bread to keep him busy. The server was attentive to everyone at the table, including the baby.
  38. LL

    LucyLou

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience1
    Very noisy restaurant! The tables are very close together which adds to the noise level. Definitely the dining room could use some improvement to the acoustics. The food was good, but overpriced. The waitress was not a happy camper. She was curt, rude, and generally unhappy with life. She was so nasty, that I was tempted to not tip her at all (but, I did tip well). Low points: the bar did not stock Drambuie! High point: the tiramisu was very good, very clean bathroom.
  39. BS

    BryanS

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal at Basta! Pasta is always fresh and drinks are superb.
  40. S

    Steve

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful experience at Basta. Our server Randi was excellent and took great care of us. Her recommendations were spot on. Thee food and cocktails were delicious Be sure to try the butter cake for dessert…..it does not disappoint. Ottimo mangiare!

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You can order delivery directly from Basta Italian Restaurant using the Order Online button. Basta Italian Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Basta Italian Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (401) 461-2300.

Basta Italian Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1675 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for ChowNow
Google Map for Basta Italian Restaurant

2195 Broad St, Cranston, RI 02905

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Aborn Street

  • Neighborhood

    Cranston

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday - Thursday: 4:30PM-10PM Friday - Saturday: 4:30PM-11PM Late night menu served during final hour of each evening.

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Behind the restaurant is a large private parking lot for our guests, which leads directly into our patio entrance.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Our in house Jazz Band, "The Night Owls" play every Wednesday 7:00PM - 10:00PMRotating musical performances every Thursday night beginning at 7:30PM - 10:30PM

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (401) 461-2300

  • Private party facilities

    The Sala Privata, a private dining room that can accommodate up to 24, complete with a projection system, computer hookups and personalized volume control. We are also available for private parties daily 12:00PM - 3:30PM accommodating up to 100 persons.

  • Private party contact

    Sasha Richards: (401) 461-2300

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