About Basta Italian Restaurant

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!

2195 Broad St
Cranston, RI 02905
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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.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(401) 461-2300

Website:
http://www.bastaonbroad.com/

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

Parking Details:
Behind the restaurant is a large private parking lot for our guests, which leads directly into our patio entrance.

Executive Chef:
Antonio Franco

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:
Alexander Rosario: (401) 461-2300

Additional:
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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Basta Italian Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.4

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4.4

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (34)
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Casual (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Romantic (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Authentic (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Fun (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Cozy (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Business Meals (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great! Loved it as always

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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Everything, food, service & environment were excellent.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We returned for our New Year's Eve dinner and my wife and I had another great experience from the great, friendly staff to the excellent food. It's good thing that it is a little drive to get there because if I lived nearby I might be there every week.

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Top Notch!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Service was great.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Service was excellent. We told our server we were going to the theater and she made
sure we had everything in a timely fashion. Very friendly. Atmosphere/decor was very attractive and cozy. Food was mixed. We were a group of six, 4 people had the soup and raved about it. They all those got the portion was too large for an
Appetizer course. Veal saltimbacca was delicious, veal parmigiana not so much. Too bready. Bolognese was skimpy on the sauce.
My real rating for food was 3.5 but couldn’t choose that. I would go back though.

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great pizza great place place great service
Would go back

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 26, 2017

First time customer. Caesar salad was very good. No anchovies available. Butternut squash pizza lacked flavor. Very bland.
We will give them another try and stick with an Italian entree next time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food was excellent, great service

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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food and service were outstanding. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Basra never disappoints! Have dined here many times.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent dinning, great service, delicious food. The ambiance is very pleasing. We sometimes go and enjoy dinning at the bar. Very relaxing, you’re not rushed and everyone is very pleasant. We have not been in a while but we certainly will try to dine there more often.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The service and food was excellent aside from the Calamari. My group of 8 all agreed it was rubbery. Everything else was excellent and I would definitely return and recommend Basta. I had the risotto and it was delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Awesome service. Food was amazing

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 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2017

This was our first time at Basta and it won’t be our last. The polenta appetizer was to die for and the chicken Marsala was extraordinary. Basta means enough but I can tell you once you go here you’ll not say Basta about Basta

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Romantic, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Fantastic neighborhood spot, great food, our server, David was wonderful. Atmosphere is elegant and casual at the same time, warm ambiance. Always lively. Back patio is terrific in the warm weather.

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

A favorite place when we visit relatives nearby. Service has a nice aura of professionalism, food rarely disappoints. Menu is more comfortable than creative, but that's an observation, not a criticism, and there is usually some interesting fare along with the red sauce standards like veal parmigian (which is very well done here, and fills a large dinner plate). Moderate to higher priced all around, but dishes and portions all feel generous, the execution eschews the usual shortcuts found in less expensive places, and we always leave happy and full. My one personal recommendation - bring some Peru into your pizza and have Mike make you a Pisco Sour.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Whenever we drive thru RI we plan on eating at BASTA ... we plan our drive time around a meal there!

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

The service was impeccable and the food was excellent. We will certainly be back!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Excellent food and service. Always an exceptional experience. We highly recommend.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Last time we ate here we really enjoyed the food and the service was pretty good. This time we were all pretty disappointed. The staff was all over the place. We all had drinks from the bar when we were seated at our table and we had to ask them to clear all the extra wine glasses that we didn’t need. Ok maybe not a big deal. But then the busser kept coming over to the table the entire time to clear plates when we weren’t even done with our food. We had the buratta appetizer special that was really delicious. Calamari was a little chewy for my liking. My husband and I did not care for the marinara sauce. It had way too much sugar in the sauce. Which was a shame because the gnocchi’s were delicious. Overall disappointed.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We have been to Basta many times before unfortunately the service & food do not meet prior experiences. I will probably think twice before going back anytime soon.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Stuffed veal chop was over cooked.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Go here once a month. Usually during the week is quieter and easy to do walk-in----reservations a must for weekends. Specials usually on weekends only and always worth trying

Tags: Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Went to celebrate my Mom's birthday and had a great time! Everyone's food was awesome and the drinks were great too. A little on the expensive side but with handmade pasta and the same attention to the rest of the food it was totally worth it.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great night!! We had a reservation set for 7:30 but our table was not ready so we had to wait about a hlaf hour. While waiting we grabbed a drink at the bar and Basta later paid for our drinks for the inconvenience of waiting. Then the manager, hostess, and waistress personally came by to apologize for the wait, great service and attention! The food was fantastic, which made the night that more special :)

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I've been to Basta many times over the last 15 years. My expectation is always high for good food and service. I was disappointed Saturday. The food was good but the service was poor. The server was slow, forgetful and brought a wrong dish. Also, mangement seated us in the "back" room which was heated only by a gas-fired fireplace. The heating was uneven and eventually the room got uncomfortably cold and reeked of natural gas. I almost called the Cranston Fire Dept.

The prices of entrees are also high for what you get.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

What a wonderful restaurant! We thoroughly enjoyed the food and the service! Can’t wait to return!

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Been eating here for years came once again to celebrate my birthday. From the moment we sat The restaurant was feeezing we didn't get menus our waiter was completely absent never gave us choice of specials. We had to ask for bread he never came with it . I had to flag someone down to get bread. 5 adults and needed more bread which he didn't bring again. drinks were slower than pond water. the ravioli was surrounded by short rib meat which completely ruined the entire ravioli dinner. The gravy "red sauce" on eggplant was overly sweet . The waiter exuded a very hurried energy when taking our orders that anyone in the party was not feeling they could ask him anything it was as if he stood there twitching as someone who had to hurry to the bathroom. BUT this was anytime he came to our table. We suspect Basta changed hands since our last visit. Everything about this experience was not good. Dropping 275.00 for a dinner one expects better service better food and a better overall experience. At the very least we would have expected our waiter to serve us as if we were there as paying customers. The food was another story all together. Basta always served great food always offered great service by excellent waiters. The new owners must get back to Basta basics.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We went for my best friends birthday. The food and drinks were great. Service was good as well. Basta is a hidden gem. We will be back.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

THE MEAL WAS OUTSTANDING BUT IT WAS HARD TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ACROSS THE TABLE
BECAUSE IT WAS VERY NOISY. WE WOULD COME BACK AGAIN.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was not good and beware that they add 20% to the bill for gratuity w/o telling you.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Birthday dinner with family. Great service in busy space. Top notch Italian food experience. Did get impressive birthday sparkler!!

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Very disappointed. Basta was recommended to us by an excellent Italian chef in DC (who will be hearing from me!) so we were looking forward to an excellent meal. It was unimaginative, mediocre, basic Italian fare. And there were NO SPECIALS. None! Incredible. Way too much $$ for boring food.
The service bordered on amateurish. Our waiter, and others, repeatedly, continually, attempted to remove plates before all diners were finished although we asked them EACH TIME to please desist. Just inattentive and unprofessional all around.

Also, the place was mind-numbingly loud--terrible acoustics! We had to shout at one another across the table and still couldn't be heard. Very unpleasant.

We skedaddled as soon as we were finished with our entrees (and I didn't even finish mine). No desire to stick around for coffee or dessert. Borderline awful experience. Won't be back and will tell others not to bother!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Uncomfortable seating, mediocre food.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Read some of the reviews n this still exceeded my expectations. So very flavorful. Wish I lived closer

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Everything was fantastic, from the cocktails prior to dinner to our appetizers and wine offerings. Chef does a fantastic job, Brian the server was spot on all night. Everyone was very attentive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We hadn't been to Basta in quite some time. The food, drink and atmosphere were all outstanding--just as we remembered. We'll be adding Basta back into our regular core group of restaurants. Two minor complaints--we did wait more than 30 minutes past our scheduled reservation time. Also, the restaurant is pretty loud, both from background music and the large crowd. I think the next time we go back we'll schedule for a non-weekend night.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Incredible food

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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food at Basta is very good, however somewhat overpriced in my opinion ($27.00 for chicken with small amount of butternut squash). The dining room is very nice, however the acoustics are not so good. A party of two can just about hear themselves talk to each other. I think this is a nice place to sit at the bar and/or in the back at the fire, but for me I would not have a full dinner here again.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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