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Pasta e Basta

#109 of 3,092 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
As featured in Best Food in Amsterdam
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Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 8 | Noord Holland, 1017 DE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 422 2222
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are looking for an entertainment filled evening in a restaurant where the food is great, then this is the place to be. Amazing singers, who are your waiters/waitresses as well! The pasta's are also really tasty and we can't wait to come back and eat there again! We just had the best time there, definitely coming back!

Thank Tom C
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016 via mobile

First night in Amsterdam and found this great restaurant. We were lucky to be seated at the bar as we hadn't booked. The food was of a high quality and really varied. The singing was great and again varied. The waiting staff were not only talented singers and performers but were attentive and knowledgable about the food and drink. Thank... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wow! This was my second visit. Last year was a group of 12 of us and we had a blast. This year was just me and my husband. We came on Valentines day. We were given a selection of different menus for food and wine. The entertainment was fantastic, easy to listen to and great to sing along. We were... More 

1 Thank Emily T
PR P, Guest Relations Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this review

Thank you very much. Great you liked the service and singing of o.a. Maickel. We really like to give our guest an experience. We sing every day whole evening all different styles. At Valentines day only lovesongs ofcourse:) Thank you for being our guest and audience and great to hear you come and visit us again! More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A lovely cosy romantic place with great food and beautiful music.... great place to go with a group of friends. I will defiantly go again !

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

That's so nice to hear! Thank you very much. Great to hear you come back. See you soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went first on a Sunday evening and could not be more impressed. We had a lovely server named Lotte and she made us feel so comfortable and relaxed (she's a great singer too). The we had the MENÙ MUSICALE FAVORITO and it was excellent. The anti pasti buffest set into the piano is varied and mixed some unexpected but complimentary... More 

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

Ah thank you so much. Great you came back and enjoyed our evening at Valentine's day. We sang a lot of love-songs and it was great to give our guest and audience all the love we have. I will tell Lotte and the manager about your experience. See you another time at Pasta e Basta! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow! We were looking for somewhere to eat on our last night in Amsterdam and stumbled across this gem! We had the most amazing food, from starters, anti-pasti, selection of pasta dishes to share and dessert, everything was just delicious! And the absolute bonus is the singing staff which will keep you entertained throughout your dining experience, there is something... More 

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

That's so nice to hear! Thank you very much. I will tell our staff about your experience for motivation and inspiration. So nice you liked our concept and diner! We all hope to welcome you again in Pasta e Basta! More 

Breukelen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Imagine yourself sitting comfortably, eating high quality Italian dishes from a top chef, and listening to voices of musical stars. Pasta e Basta is the perfect dining opportunity for every occasion: whether you want to catch-up with old friends, dine with your parents, or have a romantic night out with a loved-one. One should finish a trip to Amsterdam at... More 

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

Wow! That's a fantastic review! thank you so much! We are glad to hear you enjoyed our whole concept. It's always nice to recieve such nice compliments. That supports us a lot! More 

Thonon-les-Bains, Rhône-Alpes, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Unusual and unexpected; good food and singing servers. The servers all sing and without microphones or amplifiers. Italian opera music. The service was a little slow but the singing made up for it. Fun and memorable.

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

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to hear you liked our diner and singers. It would be nice to welcome you again in our restaurant. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The name gives the hint but it is not only "enough" but also very delicious. Please be aware that the appetizers are very delicious too, thus you should spare some space for the pastas that will come last. Another warning is that they have fixed menus, which were perfectly satisfactory in my view, but this might feel a bit restrictive... More 

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

Thank you very much for your feedback. We like to hear you really enjoyed the opera aria's. Every first tuesday we have a classical evening. All of our classical singers will perform only aria's for you. We would love to welcome you at one of these evenings. Please contact us if you have got any questions. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Meal was average Italian food and tasty. Service, program, atmosphere and surprising show were all top class. As a customer you are involved in the musical in the role of the customer. Collect moments not things!

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

Wow, top class? That's so nice to hear! You make us all smile. Thank you so much! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$19 - $39
Italian, International, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
9:15 pm - 1:00 am
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 8 | Noord Holland, 1017 DE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
  • Neighborhood: Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
  • Phone Number: +31 20 422 2222
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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