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Basta Italian Restaurant

2195 Broad Street, Cranston, RI 02905
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Ranked #23 of 245 Restaurants in Cranston
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Price range: $30 - $30
Sun 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 12:00 am
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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los angeles
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88 reviews 88 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

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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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Cranston, Rhode Island
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We were greeted by Peter the maître de who was just charming . We choose to have a cocktail in the lovely outside patio. Our waitress,Amanda was very sweet and made our drinks to our liking.Peter gave us a few minutes to enjoy the lovely ambiance of the most inviting patio before he informed us our table was ready for... More

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Croton on Hudson, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

great food and attention, good location even was not that closed to the hotel. Staff was great, not only patient, and understanding with children but willing to go beyond their obligation to please the client

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San Jose
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Basta was my favorite RI restaurant. I recommended it to many before I left RI, and to anyone going to RI since. I was so looking forward to eating there on my summer vacation to RI this year after 13 years in CA. What a disappointment. The service is still great, the updated decor and patio are wonderful, but nothing... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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140 reviews 140 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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585 reviews 585 reviews
365 restaurant reviews
243 helpful votes 243 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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