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Basta Italian Restaurant

4.5
719 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
Please note, our outdoor dining is seated on a first come, first serve basis. We do not reserve tables on the patio, we apologize for any inconvenience.

For 25 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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 4:30PM-10PM
Friday - Saturday: 4:30PM-11PM
Late night menu served during final hour of each evening.
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Phone number
(401) 461-2300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Antonio Franco
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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.
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Private party contact
Alexander Rosario: (401) 461-2300
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Behind the restaurant is a large private parking lot for our guests, which leads directly into our patio entrance.
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Entertainment
Our in house Jazz Band, "The Night Owls" play every Wednesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Rotating musical performances every Thursday night beginning at 7:30PM - 10:30PM
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 719 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.6
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4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 17 hours ago

My birthday

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5.0Dined 18 hours ago

Very nice, food was excellent and loved the entertainment!

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

The food was very good, but the sauce on the pasta and chicken and veal was only warm. We did get extra sauce to pour on top but it was the same. And at 5;00 on a Saturday night the restaurant was not buy.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Once again the staff hit it out of the park. Food was exceptional. Atmosphere was magical.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Saturday night, so it was pretty busy. It’s on the higher end price wise, but it’s worth it. I’ve come before and the food is always great, the service can be hit or miss, but this tine we had an excellent waiter.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Courteous wait staff, we were seated right away. he environment is nice and our waitress was attentive.
We ordered Baked cod, which could have used more flavor, it was bland. My wife described it as “fancy oven baked cod with crackers on top”.
Although it wasn’t crackers, it was bread crumbs.
I ordered risotto with chicken and ricotta cheese stuffed inside eggplant. Again, it didn’t have the flavor I was expecting.
Overall it was a pleasant experience and we may try them again. We also ordered a pizza to go, and that was very good.
It was the POLPETTE pizza. Meatballs, pomodoro, fresh oregano, fresh ricotta, pecorino for $16. Tasty, but small.
If I went back, I may just keep trying the pizza.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Took my sister in law here. It was her first time, and she thoroughly enjoyed herself.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

At first it seemed loud but we were able to get a table in the side room. Conversation was easy in the side room. We all cleaned our salad, entree and dessert plates; the food was amazing and very creative.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Delicious food and robust atmosphere. We also had an excellent waiter who was charming and responsive. Great dining experience. I will be back for sure!

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Great pizza. The veal parmigiana was over cooked. Crispy and thin, instead of meaty and nicely breaded.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Very good food, preparation and presentation. Not an intimate setting but low noise level.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We had a waiter by the name of Joe and he provided excellent service and was very knowledgeable about the menu. The food
was excellent and we didn’t feel rushed.
I would definitely return in the near future.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

If you’re looking for a fun place for an excellent dinner with a social vibe Basta hits the spot. Sophia Loren, vespas, cool Italian men stare down at you from the walls while friendly but super efficient staff serve you delicious and generous portions of Italian comfort food including wood fired pizzas and a plethora of pasta dishes. I particularly appreciate the tasty salads. Paired with a very reasonable wine list and vibrant bar scene Basta is a treat. Always busy - sign of its well earned popularity.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Veal is awesome. Love the reno

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The service was friendly; dinner was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Pizza, spot on, meatballs were perfect, not mealy and not crumbly, shear delight!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Everything was great. Food was outstanding. I compare Italian restaurants by their bolognese which is a simple dish, but can be done so wrong. This may have been the best I tasted. Everyone else at the table loved their meals as well. Desserts were excellent, especially the banana tart. Only complaint is that food came too fast. Was intended to be a night together with family. After ordering starters, they were out in less than five minutes. Didn’t even have time to finish a drink. We waited w while before ordering entrees a s was a good thing as they were out very quickly as well. All in all a great experience at what is certainly one of RI’s best restaurants.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Good, not great. And for the $, I believe it should have been better than “good”. Food “good”, service was very good which helped. Nice lively atmosphere. A bit pricey for what is offered... but just my opinion.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great food, service, wine list and music

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Small Portions. Good wine. Good food. Great bread.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

First time at Basta and will definitely be back! Love the food and so many other great things to try on the menu. Awesome service!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Came here to celebrate our engagement. The food was amazing and our waiter Brian was phenomenal. Great service & impeccable knowledge about everything on the menu

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

the wait staff was excellent and attentive - the food was very good and enough for a meal

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great service as always. Servers really know their menu and items. Highly recommend for all occasions

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

My girlfriend and I enjoyed the meal and the atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Small portions but awesome food! Great service!

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Good restaurant, good food and service, menu is a little limited and pricey

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The bruschetta special w/calamari and octopus was tasteless and covered w/ what I think was mayonnaise and the clams casino were very dry and tasteless. I requested an IPA and was brought a stout- yikes!!! Three of us had the stuffed veal chop and they were all lukewarm- very disappointing. Also, another patron bought us a round of drinks and although I had practically a full glass of beer, another was plopped on the table (I love warm, flat beer) in front of me. Additionally, our table was charged for some of the drinks that were supposed to have been on the other party.
All in all, I was very disappointed w/my dinner and will not be back!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

We had a wonderful meal but the service is what really stood out to us. Brian was our server and was just outstanding. He made our evening very memorable and we most certainly be back.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Met friends for dinner. Had a great time. Delicious food, fine service and delicious wine.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Waiter Ian was outstanding

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

It is always a perfect time at Basta. Their staff is phenomenal and their food is one of the best around. Literally everything on the menu and daily specials is good (yes, I am stealing my friends' food off their plate). Having the online reservation system is a huge help for this place can get quite busy in a good way. But the servers and staff are pleasant and perfectly timed to your needs, you're never waiting nor are they in your face every 5 minutes. I can't get enough of their salmon/risotto dish..I hope that never leaves the menu!

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Evwrything at Basta was terrific. Attentive servers, fantastic food, great setting on the patio made our time at Basta well worth the visit. Will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We went for our anniversary. We hadn't been in some time and we were quite impressed with the new look. The service was good and attentive even though if was really getting busy. I was disappointed with the calamari, the pieces were very chunky and chewy but we had gone specifically for the stuffed veal chops and I have to say they were incredible. The crusty stuffed chop topped with mozzarella and shrimp and covered with a sauce that is to die for is one of the most delicious meals I have ever had. We were given a nice glass of Proseco to celebrate with. Ended the night with a delicious salted caramel chocolate gelato.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

my husband and I split everything; calamari, Caesar salad, veal saltimbocca, & orichette with rabe and sausage. eveyrthign was excellent. the service was quick and attentive. the wine was very good. hadn't been there in a decade. cant wait to go back. right at the top of my favorites list.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Very busy restaurant but was seated through open table very quickly. Staff were all very friendly. I noticed the specials were only read to select customers. Food was phenomenal! Noise level is extremely high. They seated us in the dining row so we were extremely close to other patrons. Not a fan of that type of seating.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

This is my favorite restaurant and i always get the rolled chicken marsala. This time they did away with the stuffed rolled marsala and just had the regular chicken marsala which was very good but not as good as the stuffed rolled marsala. My husband had the stuffed lobster ravioli which he said there wasnt much lobster in the ravioli. We were disappointed.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

This was a place my wife and I tried. It had a great atmosphere. The food was good, service was excellent, I would recommend people to give it a try.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Another outstanding meal at one of our favorite restaurants .
It is,worth the 50 minute drive to hsve inventive cuisine, or some old favorites, prepared with skill, presented with flair, and always very very goid.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We had a very small table stuck between 2 booths. Waiter was good but took a very long time to take our orders.

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