Basta Italian Restaurant

4.6
917 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 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!

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Mon - Wed 4:30PM - 6:30PM

What 917 People Are Saying
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SB
New England
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Arrived 20 mins early and not seated until 20 minutes after reservation time
Food was excellent
Service was good, waited 10 mins for drink order due to no one being assigned to table
Second time having dinner there and I will come back and I have recommended to family and friends

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JW
New England
47 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

This has been a favorite of ours for years. They are always busy...because they are good.
The train came off the track tonight. The table wasn’t ready when we arrived. The server took far too long to come to our table. She forgot the bread. The drinks took too long. The meal was delayed and only 4 of the 5 people ate because one meal wasn’t “put in” to the kitchen. When this was realized, the last meal was rushed and undercooked so had to be sent back. After ordering one of the specials of the night....it was not available. The gelato was delivered to the table without a spoon.
To complete the evening, there was a plumbing problem so we were unable to use the restroom before a drive back to Massachusetts where we came from since we anticipated a great meal making it worth the trip.
All this was highly irregular....we will give them a pass but were NOT pleased.
Anastasia, our server, spent the whole evening apologizing. Hopefully, she will have a better Mother’s Day tomorrow.

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LR
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

The menu looks phenomenal and the space is beautifully appointed. The service was rife with low quality, high pressure upsells and we were frequently interrupted. My pizza arrived cold on top and burned on the bottom. Price for three: $144. Two of us had pizza, one had an entree, no appetizers, and we shared two desserts. Overall very disappointing.

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J
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Basta. We went on the recommendation of friends, and it surely did not disappoint. The menu is extensive and we both enjoyed our meals. Fantastic food and a charming atmosphere. We’ll definitely be back!

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JM
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service!! Highly recommend!!

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NE
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was so loud that we needed to shout to hear each other. Isn't there some way to muffle the noise level? Otherwise 5 stars

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went here for a Birthday. The food was really good. I think it will take a few more times there for me to know how much I like the restaurant. Overall a positive experience, would recommend to friends/family

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G
New England
14 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service specials cocktails...everything was amazing!

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BS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food, a little loud, charming decor. Waitperson got my order wrong, by the time they brought me the correct entree my dinner companion was almost done with her entree. They could have made one of my glasses of wine complimentary, but they didn’t. It’s the little things sometimes.

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MB
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for making our dining experience such a memorable one. Your staff was courteous, the menu was delicious and the ambiance was perfect. Keep up the great work!

Best,
Monique & Kevin

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t
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

easter dinner, great menu, great food and service!!

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HR
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food but extremely loud to hold a normal conversation. Several guys at the bar acted and talked as if they were auditioning for a part in the reality TV show "Jersey Shore". Listening to "f bombs" while having a nice dinner with my wife was't exactly what I had in mind for a night out after a long week at work. We are in our early sixties and understand that decorum standards are much lower these days and anything goes. However, if I'm spending a couple hundred dollars for a nice dinner, I would like it to be a complete enjoyable experience. The beauty of the RI restaurant scene is that is full of high quality choices, we may comeback someday. Good luck and be well.

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LO
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Too expensive for food/experience. Service was excellent

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty food. Pizza’s were great. The pizza is Neapolitan style pizza. The beet salad was great too. Great wine selection. Though the tiramisu was average. The gelato was better than the tiramisu.

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K
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The specials were a beet pasta and steak. Both were delicious. The cocktails were made to perfection the espresso martini is a rich creamy delight.

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A
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Basta is always a home run. Our favorite Italian spot-

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JR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server (Roisin) and her assistant (young man) were excellent! Pizza was super, brussel sprouts appetizer excellent. Only disappointment was Creme Brulee, just not tasty or smooth. But overall great place, love Basta. And could hear ourselves speak (Sunday nights great for that).
JayR, Providence RI

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Sat at a two seat table near the front door, not a fan of that location but it was very busy. Very noisy and hard to have a conversation. Had calamari app which was very good and we both had veal, also very good. Service was excellent. I have eaten there several times and it has always been good, but due to the seating location and noise level the ambiance was lacking

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DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual at this restaurant, the service is excellent and the food is always fresh and cooked to the liking of the guest. I would highly recommend it!

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TT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

It was our first time and our last time going. We had a reservation and had to wait for about 20 minutes to get seated even though there were plenty of open tables. Saw the hostess setting up and cleaning tables sand very few waitresses. Finally sat and after waiting for 15 min with no one coming to the table I flagged down someone and he filled our waters and said our waiter would be right with us. We waited another 15 minutes and got up and walked out.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was wonderful and the food was excellent

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FJ
New England
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Overall, very good, but when I arrived at 6:00 the front door was locked and I had to bang on the window get another patron to find a staff person to let me in! Not a huge thing, but also not very welcoming.

My food was very good, but my friend's Sophia Loren pizza was very underwhelming The toppings were very sparse and she left a big pile of crusts on her plate which had no toppings on them. I don't know if she went home hungry, but if that were my dinner, I would have.

I would return and would recommend Basta to others, but I would hope for a better experience next time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience!!! We all loved the fabulous drinks, appetizers (eggplant), dinners and the staff!

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R
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 stars all around! Amazing food and service. Everything we have tried from the kitchen and bar have been fantastic

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H
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Well crafted specialty drinks.

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DL
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was excellent. I will add Basta Italian to one of my favorites for future meals and nights out.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! It was my grandmothers 91st birthday. The staff were excellent and made it a very special night!

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RH
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a special celebration! Pizza is amazing!

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AS
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was mediocre at best and very expensive , I had potatoes croquettes and the were very drowned in oil. I have never been for dinner only drinks . Very disappointed

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LD
New England
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and wonderful service. A bit pricey but the for a special occasion it's perfect.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around excellent!

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S
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food at a very good restaurant. The butternut squash pizza was incredible! I had Osso buck and it was excellent. Would highly recommend

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Leicestershire
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for girlfriends birthday dinner and was pleasantly surprised with the food and atmosphere! Much more comfortable and cozy than it looks in the online pictures. Service was top notch and food was flavorful and fresh! Will definitely be back for dinner and drinks in the future!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice place.

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B
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very casual atmosphere and great food. Nice for a casual dinner date

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TN
New England
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding. The menu has changed slightly since the last time I've been there, and my favorite dish was no longer on the menu. I was disappointed with what I ended up ordering, which I thought was a safe choice. I'll go back and try something else, though. Hopefully, I'll find a new favorite dish!

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CD
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The pizza was soggy not cooked well enough, I asked for my surf & turf to be cooked medium and it was med well-well done . My daughter asked for her sirloin to be done med well & hers was rare. The prices are not justified. $5.00 for a small cappuccino ! The waitress was pleasant. Unfortunately we were a family of 7 celebrating a birthday. We spent well over $ 425 and had just an ehh! experience. Won't be back

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Theresa was a fantastic server!

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EH
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, food and atmosphere! This was a great place to celebrate our anniversary.

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SW
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Basta's is by far my favorite restaurant in RI! The waitstaff is friendly, professional, and attentive. The food is consistently superior and the drinks are made to perfection. I always have the veal chop because it cannot be matched anywhere. Thank you Basta's for another wonderful night out!

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