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Basta Italian Restaurant

4.6
4.6
1615 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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Booked 12 times today

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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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ethan was fantastic! Excellent service!

  2. ND

    Nicole1215D

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience4

    Thursday night dinner. Went in through the front door. The two hostess saw us from the other station. Still waited at the door till we had to ask a server if we should go to the other side. Was seated. Waited 10 minutes before anyone even came over to us. Watched all the workers just stand near the door & look around then walk away. Which at that point we were about to leave. Drinks and food were good. Cute place but wish the waiting time and service was better.

  3. J

    James

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As usual...great meal & outstanding service.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Everything was very good, nice place, good service, good food. Would recommend it to anyone coming to town.

  5. LV

    LaurynV

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Highly recommended!

  6. JB

    JBoden

    New England

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent - we love this restaurant!

  7. K

    Katiebird1

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Basta was wonderful, as always. It was a busy Saturday, but our server was attentive. I’m so glad to have this gem in my neighborhood.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Unfortunately there was a beetle crawling in our cheesecake. After declining their offer for another piece, they merely removed the $11 charge from the bill. Personally we feel a gift card, or another gesture- drink on the house , etc was more than warranted. We will not return.

  9. MR

    MelissaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and amazing food especially the neopolitan pizza looking forward to our next visit

  10. DC

    DCC10

    New England

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Extremely expensive for just "okay" food. No side dishes come with the meal. A pasta dish, a veal dish and one wine was $90.00. Not worth the price at all! I found the food to be adequate but certainly not outstanding.

  11. NA

    NatalieA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server was so sweet and amazing. She made for our family dinner/birthday celebration for my Husband truly a great evening that we all enjoyed. Was perfect night!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Went in to celebrate my birthday. I was pleasantly surprised by the ambiance as I had been told it was just ok, food was ok, def lacked flavor but overall it’s a decent spot to go and celebrate a special occasion if you’re an ambience person.

  13. S

    Spida

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always great food and service. Justin is a wonderful bartender and server! Thanks for a great evening.

  14. C

    Cinrac222

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We had a very nice dinner with attentive waitstaff. The chicken parm was yummy! Basta never disappoints.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    We were seated adjacent to an extremely large dinner party who were celebrating a special occasion. They were noisy and as a result, the service was slow. I ordered the cod which was excellent and my boyfriend got the veal parmigiana which was just ok. The server did accommodate us with a free glass of wine.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous and the server was OUTSTANDING (Mary)!

  17. JO

    JohnO

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    A tremendous birthday celebration at Basta! Food was amazing!!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3

    Food came out cold 3 times and was not a memorable experience that I would be rushing back to Basta for.

  19. t

    techman

    New England

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The wait staff was very attentive and kept refilling our waters. Nice touch. We ordered the bolognaise and the eggplant pizza. The pizza was cooked perfectly and eggplant was sliced nice and thin. Don't like thick pieces of eggplant. Flavors went well together and the crust was soft and tasty. The bolognaise was good but not great. It had a great flavor and there was plenty of it, but I didn't like the hamburger texture of the meat and there wasn't enough sauce. Don't get me wrong, we ate the whole thing. Can't wait to try a different pizza

  20. NH

    NancyHH

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience4

    Overall it was a very pleasant experience. They even brought us complimentary champagne for our anniversary, and don't know if this is a regular thing but they also brought over complimentary limoncello at the end. My husbands veal parm was excellent, he never comments on food but he did on this. I ordered the linguine with shrimp but substituted chicken for the shrimp. My meal was not very good. The chicken was a bit dry, the meal was served lukewarm, and it could have used more sauce. I was disappointed but it wasn't the end of the world. Our waitperson was very good. While a bit noisy it was not a problem for hearing each other. I will say that we were seated in a booth in the middle of the restaurant. It was very uncomfortable. My feet could not reach the floor and the back of the booth went straight up. It was uncomfortable to sit in. Overall, I would go back again, request to be seated at a table with regular chairs and not order the same dish.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing as always!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Food was good but portions were really small.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Lovely restaurant. Excellent food. Kind waitress, if a bit overwhelmed due to staffing issues. Food and drinks took a good amount of time but waiter clearly had too many tables and manager should have been more hands-on in helping getting order taken and delivered. Overall a nice, if not overly long, dinner.

  24. NR

    NadineR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent on every level- food, service ambience. We'll definitely be going back soon!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great all around Our waitress Mary was amazing!!

  26. A

    Anne

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    How do you say delicious dinner at Basta. Incredible ambience, in a very busy restaurant! Great vibe! Wonderful staff, and incredible food.

  27. PL

    PaulaL

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food4service1ambience4

    Our waitress was awful. It took being asked 5 times to get our drinks. I had leftovers and when she took my food to box it she put a dirty dish on top of the food and then denied it. No apology or anything. Worst service I've had in years.

  28. P

    Pawtuxet

    New England

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Our go-to neighborhood restaurant, consistently good food. Very noisy last night for some reason.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Basta is fabulous in every way!

  30. TK

    TheresaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best Italian restaurant I’ve ever experienced!!! Wait staff was awesome and food was impeccable!!!

  31. KM

    KristenM

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    Tables too close together. Average food. Overpriced. Many better options in the area.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food!! Our new favorite

  33. K

    Karamel

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    We love going to Basta. Antipasto was excellent. Bread and oil, top notch. Greens and pear salad, the best. bolognese was wonderful. Tuna, seared almost raw, was just okay. too many unusual flavors together. sambuco was the usual good. I had pasta with plain marinara. A bit thin on the marinara sauce.

  34. CB

    ChrisB

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Very nice establishment! I was greeted by manager upon arrival and the whole meal was fantastic! Highly recommend!

  35. DM

    DanielleM

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved everything from start to finish. The cocktails were delicious! Food was outstanding! Cannot way to go back!

  36. C

    Cindy75

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We love going to Basta. The service is always right on point, helpful, courteous, and enjoyable. Justin behind the bar, is extremely attentive, helpful and has a wonderful personality. Knowing we are getting the same type of service and quality of food every time, makes Basta one of our favorite choices. Thank you to everyone.

  37. CW

    ChrisW

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday dinner for my wife.

  38. JB

    JessB

    New England

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    A much better experience the second time around. Food was improved J service was excellent. I'm glad we gave it another go.

  39. g

    georgeb

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always amazing. seated in the atrium out back service impeccable. The manager Don is Fabulous... had the cod loin recommend it .. Thank you Basta

  40. AM

    ArthurM

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    First time there service was very good, atmosphere was good and the food just good .

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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 4.6 stars by 1615 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 12 times today
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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