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Basta Italian Restaurant

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Italian, Bar, Café, 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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 39
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 7
    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
Continues to please with innovation and quality

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 26, 2014
William M
,
East Walpole
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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72 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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East Walpole
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
38 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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8 reviews 8 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
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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148 reviews 148 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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RI
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I frequent Basta often, the food is wonderful and the atmosphere is inviting. We love sitting at the bar. The bartenders are very social and pleasant. We go out to eat alot and this is just one of our go to restaurants. They also have a great outside eating area and bar. Very cozy.

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los angeles
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118 reviews 118 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We had dinner at Basta last night and I would highly recommend it. We had the zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta to start. They were subtly flavored with a bold aioli drizzle. My boyfriend had the pork tenderloin special with apples which was too much for him to finish but he enjoyed. I had the chicken Marsala which might have... More 

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Cranston, Rhode Island, USA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Basta's has done a complete renovation of both the restaurant and the menu and they have done a superb job. Food is very good (some items may be a little pricey) and overall a good value for the price. Menu gives you good variety from interesting starters to pizza and on to some outstanding main courses. Wouldn't hesitate to go... 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, Café, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?