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Pasta e Basta

Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 8, 1017 Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Rembrandtplein)
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Ranked #205 of 2,298 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $29 - $58
Sun - Wed 6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thu 9:15 pm - 1:00 am
Thu - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:15 pm - 3:00 am
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Rembrandtplein
Description: Pasta e Basta restaurant nearly opposite the Rijksmuseum has a name that simply doesn’t do it justice. It means ‘pasta full stop’ but really should trumpet the singing accomplishments and mad party atmosphere that the waiters and waitresses deliver. The dining room is splendid, with scarlet-covered chairs, flouncy wall sconces, dramatic drapes and fine art, while the bar area is more modern but just as operatic. The wait staff really truly can sing, everything from Billy Joel to grand opera, and they get the joint jumping. The long tables attract hens and big groups and the small cosy niches and bar are right for more intimate numbers, and it is just one fantastic evening. The menu is Italian, incorporating excellently-sourced meat, fish and veg. Anti pasti are served buffet-style from a chilled grand piano. Main courses always include eight pasta dishes like spaghetti with squid ragout, lasagne bolognaise with tapenade and sage, and penne with radicchio and goats cheese. International wine list matches the international musical programme. Groups are so welcome, and the entire venue seats 110.
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Stockholm, Sweden
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

If you want good food , Music & dancing you should visit the Italian Restaurant Pasta e Basta, wonderful friendy staff who sings and danc between serving the food, you´ll have a great evening!

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In-Naxxar, null, Malta
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

My expectations was high, so maybe therefore I got disappointed, the staff were so nice and they were singing great, no problem there. But the food... the starters was placed in the piano , what a wonderful idear and they were ok too. but in a place where they only serve pasta you expect that it is good, we got... More

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

What a lovely place to be. The service staff are the singers and stars. Great idea and super show. Partly a trompete man came and made a Great show also as a singer like satchmo. The food is super! Only the service for drinks is slow and they have forgotten my wine more than once. They are no service pros.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

If you what good food and a unique dining experience go here. Everyone was great and the food was wonderful.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I was looking for a romantic restaurant to share lovely moments with my wife in our honeymoon ! so i found this restaurant while searching ! well , if we talk honestly the experience overall is good ! food is average ... not really what i thought it is ! not a lot of options to chose from ! one... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This restaurant was recommended to us after one of our party had been a fre years previous. We booked late on the Friday evening for the late show, not really knowing or remembering what was in store. But it was amazing. The staff were so helpful and explained everything and how to order. Once that was complete then the magic... More

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Herentals, Belgium
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This is wonderfull place for long and enoy dinner, while you can completelly relax drawn in taste of delicious food and wonder voices of it's waiters. Stuff CAN SING !!!! they really know how to do that ! :)

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We were taken there as part of a business soiree and it was just fabulous we had tray of random food brought like dim sum except I was served to table. I didn't even know what some of it was you just tried everything and even though I am a fussy eater I loved every single item. To top the... More

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We have found this restaurant incidentally and were lucky to find places there. Our evening was amazing. Food was good but not exceptional, just normal. Salad-bar and several kinds of pasta in a menu. But atmosphere in a restaurant was worth every minute we spent in it. It was like we were in another reality, its hard to explain you... More

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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Singing waiters... need i say more. A cosy italian restaurant that caters for intimate group dinners with a lot of pasta and wine and a little bit of singing! The fact that the waiters are incredibly talented and also good looking also didnt hurt!

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