Basta Italian Restaurant

4.6
1276 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!
What 1276 people are saying
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AnnieP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening and truly enjoyed our experience at Basra. The service was attentive and warm without ever being intrusive or smothering.
The stand outs from the night in terms of food are really all the classics, they do them so well! We loved the shrimp cocktail, the Caesar salad was one of the best I’ve ever had and my husband‘s chicken Parm was phenomenal. Also, don’t miss out on the side of mushroom risotto, it is top-tier!
The only shortcoming of the night was the sad little pecan pie, the crust was so tough it was inedible and overall not worth the calories.
I normally order Tawny port for dessert and they were out of it- however they went above and beyond finding me a wonderful substitute.
We will definitely be returning to Basta, thank you for the wonderful evening!

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colleenm
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at Basta! Atmosphere is great. Server was very knowledgeable. Food was outstanding and Mike was very hospitable. Can't wait to go back!

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vipDebraC
New England
63 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent and always is. Our server was great.

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JaniceF
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

although we enjoyed selection of music it was extremely loud that we were close to shouting at other

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MelissaG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice couples date place to go, dim lights romantic atmosphere.

Service was exceptional and the area is very quaint.

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vipNickK
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basta was absolutely amazing! My friend and I sat at the bar, which they did a terrific job separating with plexi so people are still able to take advantage of that beautiful space during this time. Our bartender, Marissa, was out of this world! She was so attentive and continually checked-in on us throughout our evening, plus she made THE BEST drinks! We look forward to returning in the near future. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Krista was incredible!

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vipKimberlyD
New England
146 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basta is wonderful. The staff are amazing. So gracious and attentive. The food is fresh and delicious. The Calabrian Paloma is one of the best drinks I've had. I adore the eggplant parmigiana appetizer. The fish specials are always great. We really haven't had a bad meal.

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RichardR
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always!! Our favorite place in RI. Great seafood. The cod and salmon are awesome

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our waitress as well as the manager were both very attentive and kind which made our experience a great one at Basta. We will be back to try other items on the menu

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First Date I had been there before, he had not!! It was as good as I remembered, and he loved everything!!

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JackieK
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my sisters birthday, love basta! Great homemade pasta that’s to die for! And if you are a dessert person GET THE CHEESECAKE!

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vipAlissa
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Sauce and pasta was good but Chicken parm was rubbery. Cheesecake had an odd taste, like nothing I’ve tasted before. I’ve had better food there .

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were unbelievable!!

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chefbill
New England
17 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not dined at Basta for a while, but we wanted to celebrate our anniversary at one of our favorite places so we decided to give local dining a try in this era of Covid.
Masks were worn consistently as patrons moved about so we felt very safe

We had a quiet table outside, close by a heater so we were quite comfortable. The service we received from our waiter Brian was impeccable. Attentive but not cloying, not too fast and not too slow, allowing us to enjoy the evening without feeling rushed or neglected.
The wood grilled oyster special appetizer was fantastic, and the calamari was as good as it ever has been.
My wife had the pappardelle and chicken thigh special while I opted for the lamb chops.
Both meals were delicious with the pasta having an deep earthy flavor and the lamb grilled to perfection.

Unfortunately we were sated after that so had to pass on some really great sounding desserts.
Basta has been the place to go when a family celebration is in order and it will continue to be that and one of our go to places to eat.

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LizL
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Service good, but food was disappointing. Nice fresh oysters, but nothing remarkable after that.

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NancyM
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Entered from the rear lot and was very impressed with the beauty and ambiance of the outside deck and inside restaurant! Really liked the selections on the menu but found most items to be overpriced. I do not mind spending money for great food and wine, but .... wines were extremely overpriced. Wines that we pay $10-15 dollars for at the liquor store are being sold for $50+ should be more like $35!
We ordered the beet salad. Extremely overpriced at $15.00 for the portion you receive. Yes, we did split this appetizer but beets are wicked cheap and should have provided bigger portions. Bread was excellent and the oil/vinegar with garlic on table was very good.
Entrees, we ordered the Stuffed Veal Chop at $39.00. However, the veal chop was Suppose to be stuffed with prosciutto, which it was, but also stuffed mostly with ponded out with egged and breaded veal cutlet !!! NOT the $39.00 Veal Chop we expected. We also ordered the tortellini with pink vodka sauce....was nothing special. Ordered a Bottle of wine, Not exactly the one we wanted since that would have been a $50 bottle... we settled for a $34. Bottle instead. AND we received a free dessert to split because we signed up with our email.... after the Split Appetizer, 2 entrees , bottle of wine and aFree dessert, the bill came to $118.00 plus tip of $25= $143.00 . If we had to pay for dessert, the cost would have been over $150 for 2 pp. It was not worth a $75.00 per person dinner!
Server: young, inexperienced, no clue on fine dining service

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Very dark, had to use flashlight to look at menu, service was very slow overall not good, was charged for ice, and food was ok. Been many times we were not happy with experience

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Claries
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This is such a lovely spot and the atmosphere is pretty. The service is always good here and the timing of the food is perfect. This is a place to go for a special occasion as the prices are on the high side. But, I've eaten there with my husband many times and just ordered a pizza and calamari and wine. Nice place.

NC
NeilC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality, outstanding food. Service is always great and I felt very comfortable with COVID precautions.

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LisaL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner on Wednesday. Things started out on a high note when our server told us there were oysters on special so we started with a large platter. They were wonderfully fresh & briny. All our entrees were great, especially my veal, which was the best I’ve had in a long time. Incredibly tender. We splurged on the chocolate cake for dessert. It was a knockout.

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BonnieP
New England
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is outstanding as usual. Great service made our Anniversary night very special!

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vipWalkteach
New England
19 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside dining was so wonderful we felt comfortable with spacing the food and service were superb!! I highly recommend

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RobertB
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent management Michael C. And workers put together a grand dining experience. Food was excellent.

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PMR66
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is lovely. Great food and excellent service. The food is just amazing.

MF
vipMaureenF
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was excellent and Justin, our server, was super!!!!

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carolynj
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I love Basta so much !! Everything was great ... tho I didn’t get my martini until after my meal was served which was only bummer as I really can’t drink a martini and eat food at the same time .

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UpscaleDining
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent dinner in a very safe and inviting environment.

CD
CharlesD
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

There for anniversary it was good

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SandraM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food and ambiance were fabulous. The service was ok. Not too attentive especially towards the end. Took forever to get the check and to cash out.

RB
RickB
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality service. Enjoy speaking to the manager.

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vipSamantha
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here to celebrate my Dads birthday and Basta over exceeded my expectations! Our server Heather was outstanding! From the start she greeted us with an “Amuse Bouche” while recommending fantastic cocktails. The dinner menu had just been updated for there seasonal offerings and that surely did not disappoint. Food was delicious, like I’ve always known it to be! The restaurant had appropriate social distancing in place during this difficult time, therefore no one had to be worried. Ambiance great for celebrations or every day dining. Owner Alex Guarino continues to pay very close attention to detail and truly sets the standard high for dining in Rhode Island!! Not to mention the new outdoor seating areas were nicely decorated and very much appealing! Hats off to Mr. Guarino & his talented team!! So happy to see them succeeding through this uncertain time! Thank you for never disappointing me & my family. We will for sure be back and return soon for another great experience. Keep up the phenomenal job Basta!

MC
MelissaC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there & was very please with the whole experience 😁

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ColleenS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious. I had veal saltimbocca and it was so tender, ponded nice and thin. Hubby had a seafood dish with pasta, lobster, scallops, and clams. He said it was all super fresh tasting. Big portions so enough for leftovers. We sat in the outside bar area and it was nice and cozy. They even played nice romantic love songs for our anniversary. The waitress/ bar tender said that the a manager, Michael does that kind of thing all the time. Can’t wait to go back with friends and family

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StaceyK
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Basta was our first meal out once restaurants reopened and it was so wonderful, they are now in our rotation and we are never disappointed. Great wine list, amazing bolognese and the desserts are delish!! Try to sit on the original patio, it's lovely!

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NicoleF
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time there and loved everything.

BG
vipBirthdayGirl
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My third trip in 3 weeks was as amazing as the first two. My friends enjoyed the entire experience as well. Food, service and ambiance was outstanding, as usual! Love the Sardinian lamb chops! Will be back soon!

KL
vipKennethL
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor seating at Basta is the best. This is our go to restaurant

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Gigib
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Very disappointed with the food.
It's sure not as good as it used to be, at all
The tomatoes tasted like they were sitting in a refrigerator for a week before served.. that was just one of the problems with the taste of the meal.
I don't want to go on..because it won't be good. If I'm paying that kind of money for a meal, it needs to be impeccable.
I should have gone to Antonio's

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Vychea3
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Well we were seated late we we were served late and the food was just okay. Not much to pick from.

FAQs

Basta Italian Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (401) 461-2300.

Basta Italian Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 1276 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.