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Basta Italian Restaurant

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2195 Broad Street, Cranston, RI 02905
+1 401-461-2300
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4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Description: When “Basta Restaurant and Gourmet Shop” opened its doors in 1989, the goal...
When “Basta Restaurant and Gourmet Shop” opened its doors in 1989, the goal was ambitious: To create a combination of food, service and atmosphere that struck the perfect balance of what a complete, authentic Italian dining experience should be.Over these past 23 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, in 2012 we 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, artisan 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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On a recent visit to Basta, our group sampled the calamari, eggplant, arancini, and a meatball pizza for appetizers. Everyone enjoyed every bit of it! I ordered the veal saltinbocca. It was a rich, flavorful, tender veal dish. My husband had veal Parm., which he thoroughly enjoyed. However, the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
Maria D
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Cranston
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Warwick
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

At $100 per person (drinks extra). The service was terrible and unorganized. The eggplant appetizer was cold, The Caprise salad had waxy tomatoes and terrible grade Mozzarella. The main course Short rib was good. The Tiramiso dessert was lousy.

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Thank Pepparoni
Cranston
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

On a recent visit to Basta, our group sampled the calamari, eggplant, arancini, and a meatball pizza for appetizers. Everyone enjoyed every bit of it! I ordered the veal saltinbocca. It was a rich, flavorful, tender veal dish. My husband had veal Parm., which he thoroughly enjoyed. However, the only down side of Basta is the noise factor. Not just... More 

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Thank Maria D
Basta_Staff, General Manager at Basta Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Maria, thank you for taking your time to review us! Thank you for your feedback, we look forward to seeing you again, soon! More 

Mass.
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124 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

I loved this place. The restaurant had a great atmosphere in a really cool area of Cranston on the water. The food was great I loved the calamari made the right way Rhode Island style. Everyone in the party really like their entree's. I had the veal saltimbuca. Veal was excellent and plentiful. I can't wait to go back!

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Thank drpoirier
East Walpole
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67 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

It is a 30 minute drive with no traffic bit Basta continues to amaze, so the drive is worth it. Our recent visit featured a filet, bone marrow and chow chow entree that was as inventive as it was incedible. If you are in the area, get there, and enjoy

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Thank William M
Basta_Staff, Owner at Basta Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much William, while we stay true to our southern Italian routes our chef loves to find new ways to impress his staff and more importantly our guests! We are thrilled you loved to filet and bone marrow special, we look forward to serving you again! More 

Queensbury, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

I loved the atmosphere. We visited in August and ate on back patio. Service was excellent and food was incredible

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Thank Jeanne H
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

I love the consistency of the food at Basta. The bartenders are great and can make you a drink to suit your mood and tastebuds ! This is great for a night out, a special occasion or just a seat at the bar!

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Thank Melanie M
Basta_Staff, Owner at Basta Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you Melanie! Our bartenders love creating artisan craft cocktails with our ever changing seasonal ingredients, glad you enjoy! More 

Bluffton, South Carolina
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Basta is a favorite restaurant of our family. The food and service are outstanding. A great place to celebrate any special occasion or just have a nice evening out.

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Thank rovnakm
Rhode Island, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I heard about this place from one of my customers at work and it was suppose to be a great place. I took my boyfriend for his birthday along with his family for dinner here we had a party of 13.My experience here wasnt so great. The waiter was not warming at all. My boyfriend, family n friends are all... More 

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Thank laC0sita
Coventry, Rhode Island
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

We visited for my husband's birthday. The restaurant offers inside and outside dining which we chose inside. The staff was extremely accommodating and the food was delicious. I recommend the calamari and polpette for appetizers and for dinner I had the most delicious salmon over lemon arugula risotto. All topped with a tasting of Lobster. Restaurant is a bit pricey... More 

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Thank Frankie6103
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161 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

Dined outside really nice , swordfish excellent as well as the oysters .Wonderful atmosphere , nice wine glasses , give it a try

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2195 Broad Street, Cranston, RI 02905
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Cranston
  • Phone Number: +1 401-461-2300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian, French, Bar, Cafe, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions

Description

When “Basta Restaurant and Gourmet Shop” opened its doors in 1989, the goal was ambitious: To create a combination of food, service and atmosphere that struck the perfect balance of what a complete, authentic Italian dining experience should be.Over these past 23 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, in 2012 we 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, artisan 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!
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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