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Pasta e Basta

#119 of 2,838 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
As featured in Best Food in Amsterdam
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Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 8, 1017DE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 422 2222
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6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
9:15 pm - 3:00 am
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Sun - Wed 6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thu 9:15 pm - 1:00 am
Thu - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:15 pm - 3:00 am
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Cobbs Creek, Virginia
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was a nice surprise. We heard live music, and smelled the enticing aroma from inside so we decided to stop and step inside. Without a reservation, we were graciously seated and found ourselves in a singing restaurant where the staff members are the performers! And they were fantastic! the wait staff and even the manager sang. A duet, oldies,... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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145 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a big group of eighteen and thought this may be a good approach. The food was mediocre at best, the wine list is super but the reds were served too warm to enjoy. Service dismal. It is hard to believe that Ron Blauuw puts his name on this place. The entertainment is the best part but I think... More 

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Thank PC_expat_in_AMS
PR P, Guest Relations Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this review

We have a lot experience with groups so thank you for giving us the chance. We are sorry to hear you had other expectations. Our pastá are tuned by Ron Blaauw and we are happy with that. We have all different singers with all his/her own style; classical, pop, musical, jazz and soul. It's our goal to make everybody happy... More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic atmosphere with the combination of Operatic and Soul singers. Great food at at reasonable price. Well worth the visit.

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Thank Colin M
PR P, Guest Relations Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this review

Great to hear you liked our atmoshere of the combination of all different music styles. It would be a pleasure to welcome you again:) More 

Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a brilliant meal here unlike anything we'd previously experienced. Great food, and brilliant entertainment, if you like Italian and live music, you'll love this place! The waitresses were so friendly and really courteous. Go give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

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Thank Matt G
PR P, Guest Relations Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this review

:) Thank you, that's very nice to hear. Thank you for coming en we all hope to welcome you again! More 

Potchefstroom, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful ambiance and the food is delicious. The live entertainment is of a very high standard and all very friendly. Worth the visit.

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PR P, Guest Relations Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this review

Thank you so much. We are very glad you liked our singing. Hope to see you again in Pasta e Basta! More 

Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Extremely expensive poor and low quality pasta dinner. Beware! It's a "tourist trap"! Don't go there!

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a fabulous find this restaurant was. The singing waiters and waitresses were wonderful not too much just a good balance and different types of songs. Thoroughly entertaining for New Years Eve. Very intimate setting and cosy and don't even get me started on the set meal it was out of this world! I will never forget my time at... More 

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Thank Caroline P
PR P, Guest Relations Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this review

Wow! Thank you so much for your great compliments! Nice to hear about the good balance and different kind of songs. Thanks and hope to see you again in Pasta e Basta! More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was very good and the entertainment even better! A great place to go with a group. The staff is great and very friendly.

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Thank boltie2014
PR P, Guest Relations Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this review

That's so kind of you. We all hope to meet you again in our restaurant. If you have got any questions, please contact us:) More 

New Haven, Connecticut
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70 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good food good music great service...great beer a must when visiting Amsterdam! And big enough to hold a large group!

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Thank briana618
PR P, Guest Relations Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this review

Thank you! yes, we have a lot experience with large groupes and have a los of posibilities. Great to hear you liked our music, service and beer:) More 

London
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are visiting Amsterdam, I would definitely recommend a trip to this restaurant. It combines dining and entertainment. The cost is a bit more, but you get your dinner and the waiters/waitresses provide the entertainment by singing to you. It is very intimate and they sing a variety of genres. I can honestly say that there wasn't a bad... More 

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PR P, Guest Relations Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this review

Thank you so much. Great to hear there still was availibility:) We are all singing waiters ans waitresses and we would love to welcome you again! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$32 - $110
Cuisine
Italian, European
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Bar scene, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Monday
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
9:15 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
9:15 pm - 3:00 am
Saturday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
9:15 pm - 3:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 8, 1017DE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
  • Neighborhood: Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
  • Phone Number: +31 20 422 2222
Description
Pasta e Basta restaurant nearly opposite the Rijksmuseum has a name that simply doesn’t do it justice. It means ‘pasta full stop’ but really should trumpet the singing accomplishments and mad party atmosphere that the waiters and waitresses deliver. The dining room is splendid, with scarlet-covered chairs, flouncy wall sconces, dramatic drapes and fine art, while the bar area is more modern but just as operatic. The wait staff really truly can sing, everything from Billy Joel to grand opera, and they get the joint jumping. The long tables attract hens and big groups and the small cosy niches and bar are right for more intimate numbers, and it is just one fantastic evening. The menu is Italian, incorporating excellently-sourced meat, fish and veg. Anti pasti are served buffet-style from a chilled grand piano. Main courses always include eight pasta dishes like spaghetti with squid ragout, lasagne bolognaise with tapenade and sage, and penne with radicchio and goats cheese. International wine list matches the international musical programme. Groups are so welcome, and the entire venue seats 110.

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Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is as historically significant as it is perennially popular. Whether you’re a history buff, architecture enthusiast, shutterbug, or fashionista, odds are you’ll find the Amsterdam you're looking for while roaming around the Grachtengordel (Canal Ring). A brilliant place to get lost in a moody meander and a key component to any sightseeing trip to Amsterdam, this area's major draws include the Anne Frank House, the Bloemenmarkt floating flower market, an enviable assortment of independent boutiques along De Negen Straatjes, and of course all of Grachtengordel’s lovely canals and bridges.
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