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Basta Italian Restaurant

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Italian, Bar, Coffee Shop, Bistro
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2195 Broad Street, Cranston, RI 02905
+1 401-461-2300
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4:30 pm - 12:00 am
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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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Visitor rating
  • 39
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
It was on the list....

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Cynahen
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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75 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

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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93 reviews 93 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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East Walpole
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44 reviews 44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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New England
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48 reviews 48 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Cranston, Rhode Island
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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86 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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Rhode Island
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159 reviews 159 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
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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East Walpole
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44 reviews 44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

It is a bit of a drive for us from our home, perhaps 45 minutes, so we do not go every week, but we do make the trip regular. The food and the service are always on point. They change the menu seasonally so there is always something new to try, but old favorites are always available. The waitstaff is... More 

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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, Coffee Shop, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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