Basta Italian Restaurant

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978 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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New England
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the atmosphere of the restaurant, particularly as we were seated in the quiet private dining section which was quite nice. Service was very quite friendly, attentive, and polished. Although I love simple, authentic dishes, and the Pizza Margherita tasted good, I thought it was overpriced for being wafer thin with just a bit of cheese, sauce, and basil. Three pasta dishes were delicious and what I expected. Good cocktails too with an interesting cocktail menu. Looking forward to another visit and trying other dishes.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our anniversary with Basta, we always come here for special occasions. They make a nice place to celebrate. When we got to our table there were rose petals and a card from then. We were then greeted by our waitress with complementary glasses of Prosecco. Our waitress Krista was amazing and the food as always was delicious

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Food!

R
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, a bit loud, good food, friendly staff

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

The food was terrible. This is the first restaurant we have ever been to that 2 meals were sent back TWICE. Then they offered free desert which was terrible as well. I would not eat there even if it was free. The manager tried the food and admitted it was bad. Find another place, this place will either need new chefs or it will go under.

NM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambiance; food was delicious and the wine selection is impressive!

E
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took my auntie there for her birthday dinner & we all loved it. The food was wonderful and our server, Molly was wonderful. It was a Friday night and although they were busy they did not try to rush us. They even sang to my auntie for her birthday. The pizza is so good!!!!! Cannot wait to go back and sit out back on the patio!

m
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Location is perfect and easy to get to.

SG
New England
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was just delicious!! It was relaxing and the service was very attentive. We are hoping to come back with friends!

OT
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal outside on Basta's awesome patio!

a
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Hard to judge from one visit. Had Salmon - eh - we do better at home. Our waitress was wonderful - but overall the service lagged - other people waiting for menus - we had a long lag between drink and food order - and it wasn't that busy. I'd give it a shot again. Pricey for what we got - but we also got a dozen oysters and 3 drinks. Not cheap by any stretch.

SH
New England
31 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

Basta was very loud, and the food was just okay. I've had much better food there. The service, however, was outstanding.

S
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Amazing food - just delicious. Everything we ate here was outstanding (highly recommend the fried zucchini blossoms). Our server was Molly, and she was EXCELLENT...knowledgable, sweet, attentive in just the right way, and super professional. In fact, everyone who works here was super sweet. The music was our only complaint; we were sitting there having a delicious, upscale, special meal, but the music was annoying - it was like the music was meant for the people at the bar but was such a mismatch for the meal we were trying to enjoy. How about some awesome jazz music or something?? Otherwise, the perfect evening!

CP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was fairly good but not delicious. There were only a few people in the restaurant, but service was still a little slow and not very attentive. I had to get up and find my waitress to ask — once again— for butter. In general, everything was okay but not great.

PC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time and will not our last. Super.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

We are moving to California, so my sister and her boyfriend drove down from Tewksbury, MA to take my husband and I out for a farewell dinner. I had always had wonderful meals at Basta, so I suggested we meet there.
The hostess sat us at a huge table set for 5 people, which made it difficult to talk ( there were only four of us. )the calamari was both soggy and rubbery, not as it usually would be, crispy and tender. The Salmon was overcooked, as was the halibut, which sat in a puddle of what tasted like plain tomato sauce from a can. The server was singing the praises of the August menu, but it was sad.

i
New England
42 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and our entrees were very good . Nice vibe

j
New England
33 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Outside space is very enjoyable.. quieter than inside. Special fish dish was excellent; antipasto a little boring.. variety of marinated vegetables would have been a nice addition. Squash blossoms were good tho cheese mixture needed some spicing.
Drinks were great.

GM
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was cooked well, but the vodka sauce was a little bland.

KF
New England
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The squash flowers special were delicious, and the server’s gelato dessert suggestion was amazing. Service was attentive and food came out very fast.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience, great food, great service

R
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Basta Saturday night and the food was amazing as was the service. My only complaint would be that the 2 tops are way too close together which makes it hard to have a conversation and it is extremely loud - but that would not deter me from coming back!

A
New England
43 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Three friends met here for dinner. We had not been here in a long while and thought we’d check out this place which has been winning awards. Generally, we thought it was nice but nothing special. The menu is rather limited. My orecchiette was way spicier than billed, and I like a little kick (tho I appreciated the use of this rather overlooked pasta form). The dish itself was quite nice. My friend’s bolognese was fine, as was the other friend’s veal parm. We shared a Cesar salad, which had very pale lettuce, little dark romaine. Bread was hot and good! The dinner was fine; I just wouldn’t drive for 40 minutes to get there.

GL
New England
22 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice quiet night out for my wife and I. First, we appreciated a quiet away from the rest of the folks in a round booth table. Excellent for having a nice conversation. My wife had a salad with salmon and that was great. I had the pork chop special and that was outstanding. Tess our server was as awesome as the meal. Great job and thanks!

k
New England
16 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary and relive our rehearsal dinner place. Rochaine was our waitress and we absolutely love her. She put us on a private booth and provided us with some Prosecco to end the evening. We always have a great time when we frequent Basta.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meals and a very accommodating staff. We celebrated my Mother’s birthday at the restaurant. She was delighted and everyone enjoyed their meals. The staff gathered to sing her Happy Birthday and brought out her dessert with a sparkler. We will return.

BC
New England
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good the service was awesome. Sat outside...it was great.

GH
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & service were outstanding. Our server was extremely knowledgeable about the wines. This was our first time dining at Basta & we will definitely be returning.

JG
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere—varied menu with interesting specials!

AM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was exceptional. Food was great and I wrote in open table we were celebrating a birthday and did not have to tell anyone else anything. They came around w the dessert my husband ordered, sanh happy BD and comp'd the dessert. Great night.

LB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at Basta was excellent. Our server Jonathon was very professional. Did not rush us at all.
Overall it was a wonderful dining experience.

SR
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never ever disappoints. Great food, great service, relaxed atmosphere. Can’t wait to go back

OT
New England
60 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. The pizza was one of the best I’ve ever had. Pistachio crusted halibut was out of this world. Really flexible with special requests. As always, a great experience.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect Friday night to dine outside. We enjoyed the tender calamari appetizer, the Calabria pizza was cooked to perfection and the veal saltimbocca happily made our mouths water... Delicious as always!

C
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great atmosphere, amazing service!!!

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sasha, as always, is so pleasant and a great server. Loved the band and of course the food. The volume of the band was perfect. We could still hold a conversation and enjoyed the songs played.

LP
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Basta is a great date night Restaurant after work. Drinks and food are always good but we felt our waitress rushed our entire night. Hopefully next time it will be more relaxing!

SG
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was exceptional!!!

Celebrated two birthdays!

Returning on July 24, 2019 for another birthday celebration!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience!

F
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We have dined at this restaurant many times and always enjoy our experience, although a bit pricey for the food. Unfortunately, this time was only average. The Pork Milanese was disappointing. The cutlet was over cooked, and the burnt side was placed facing down so I didn’t realize it until I flipped it over to see why it was hard to cut and dry. The salad on the top was all chicory, which I had requested not be included, and I could not taste any dressing at all. The risotto with shrimp needed seasoning. However, the Veal Chop was excellent. Although the server was nice, she may have been new as she did not provide steak knives, failed to check in for drinks, etc... , and asked if I wanted the burnt pork chop wrapped. So, considering the prices, we felt we did not get value. Of course, we will give them another try to see if this was just an off night for both the kitchen and the server.

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