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Basta Italian Restaurant

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Italian, Bar, Cafe, Bistro
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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 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: When “Basta Restaurant and Gourmet Shop” opened its doors in 1989, the...
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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  • 8
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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
Incredible Dessert, Good Food, Okay Service

I have to start by saying, the Grapefruit, olive oil, and basil spongecake had to have been one of the best and most creative desserts I have ever had. Every component was delicious and went so well with one another. The food was pretty good here, but not out of this world. I enjoyed my boyfriend's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Catherine K
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Dallas, Texas
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Dallas, Texas
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I have to start by saying, the Grapefruit, olive oil, and basil spongecake had to have been one of the best and most creative desserts I have ever had. Every component was delicious and went so well with one another. The food was pretty good here, but not out of this world. I enjoyed my boyfriend's lobster ravioli much more... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Of places to try. Excellent service. I'm pretty sure our only complaint would be how loud it is. I would love to go back and sit outside. Otherwise food was beyond expectation. We ordered the clams casino and the Calabrian Shrimp. Spicy shrimp and delicious. Then my husband had the veal chop which was outstanding in every way. I had... More 

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North Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The food quality and service is excellent. The bar is also very nice, not huge but fits the size of the restaurant. No valet parking so finding a parking spot can be a little tricky especially on a busy night. The only real downside is the restaurant is very loud when it is full. We had a round table of... More 

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Nice decor, food is iffy, good one nite, lousy the next time we go. We live in the area and it is a nice area with an up crowd. The service was slow and they cater to the regular's and are not interested in the common folk. Not is a hurry to go back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Christmas Eve is not necessarily the best night to go to a restaurant, what with crowds, possible delays, hurried service etc. Christmas Eve at Basta was none of those things. It was magical, delicious, and one on the best meals I have had in a while. The kids were home from college so we decided to have a nice dinner... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We had heard good things about Basta and another couple asked us to join them for dinner on a recent Saturday night. I ordered the shrimp fettucini. It was served cold and was not at all flavorful. The waitress fawned over customers she knew and barely paid any attention to our table. We ordered a desert item. After a brief... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Having been a frequent dinner patron over many years I always enjoyed Basta. The service was terrific and the waiters very friendly and accommodating. Being a veal lover I must say theirs was right at the top of the chain. New ownership took over a couple of years ago and I looked forward to trying the veal dish to see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Great place to have dinner with friends, the outside dining is the best, I try get there as much as possible. Recommend it very highly.

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Warwick, Rhode Island
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Very loud. Food is fair at best and a bit pricey. Appetizers are ok. Nice looking bar though. Can sit outside in the summer. But if you want good Italian food, this is NOT the place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Bright cheery redecoration really helps the atmosphere. Also, it seems that the meal was better. Started with a Caprese salad (mozzarella on tomato in an olive oil with spices) ... very nice but may be a bit small to share for two. The fish of the day was flounder...just smiles from my wife, while I had the Bafoni Chicken (I... More 

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Additional Information about Basta Italian Restaurant

Address: 2195 Broad Street, Cranston, RI 02905
Phone Number: +1 401-461-2300
Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Cranston
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 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 - 12:00 am
Saturday 4:30 pm - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: Italian, Bar, Cafe, Bistro

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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 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Bar, Cafe, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic

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
1:00 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 - 12:00 am
Saturday
4:30 pm - 12:00 am

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