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Basta Italian Restaurant

2195 Broad Street, Cranston, RI 02905
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Ranked #28 of 245 restaurants in Cranston
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Bar, Café, Bistro
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
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!
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74% Recommend
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English first
Providence, Rhode Island
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I've been to Basta a handful of times and have always had a wonderful experience. Staff is always attentive and friendly and food is always great! At my most recent visit I ordered salmon with a lobster tail and arugala risotto. The portion was very generous and the dish was excellent. We love sitting in the outdoor section in the... More

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East Walpole
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Relatively small menu, but you will find something to like. Great pizza, chops and of course pasta dishes. Servers are friendly, effecient but not hovering, and the food is well prepared and creatively presented. I suggest reservations, but there is room to wait at the well stocked bar. Basta proves ypou do not have to be on Federal Hill in... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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129 reviews 129 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

If you find yourself stranded in this part of Cranston in search of food, Basta is OK. Otherwise go elsewhere. While the service was OK, the food bordered on mediocre and the high prices were matched only by the high noise levels. We both had the pasta and my wife sent hers back -- the texture seemed odd somehow, a... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

I have not been to Basta for years but we went with friends last week for dinner. We did have reservations but when our table was ready we were seated at a high top on the bar side. I think the menu was on the pricey side to be seated a a high top bar table. Also as others have... More

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east greenwich, rhode island
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575 reviews 575 reviews
359 restaurant reviews
225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

The food is really quite good. My big complaint is that the open nature of this restaurant makes conversation near impossible: it is incredibly loud and really could use some noise remediation. The menu is quite extensive. I asked for the veal chop with the sauce on the side. Unfortunately, it came as described on the menu. The bartender asked... More

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Everything was delicious. I mean, really, really, delicious. Veal chop makes you think you died and went to heaven. Mushroom pizza was outstanding. Meatballs are like my grandmothers - doesn't get any better. Service was good throughout meal. Waitress disappeared for 20 minutes at the end before we got our check, but otherwise, we were very very pleased. Will be... More

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New England
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188 reviews 188 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Basta is dependable for excellent food and service. And it has been recently renovated - very nice. It's located in a nice section in the eastern part of Cranston - Broad St. Plenty of off-street parking in the back.

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Basta was one a the best Italian restaurants in RI. Was being the key word. They closed down for several months and updated it from a quaint intamite quality Italian restaurant to a faux ritzy pizza parlor that also sells mediorcre pricy food. My wife and I were so disappointed in the transformation. The former intimate atmosphere is cold and... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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123 reviews 123 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

Basta has undergone extensive interior renovations - not all for the good. While the restaurant is now much brighter and airier than it used to be, it's so noisy that it's almost impossible to hear people at your own table. But, if the food were exceptional, then maybe background noise would be acceptable. However the food is, at best, average... More

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

My husband and I came to meet other family members here around 8pm on a Thursday night in September. The three of them were waiting for us at the bar, enjoying the service and atmosphere. After we arrived, we asked the host, who we later found out was the Manager, for a table for five. He told us there would... More

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