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Basta Italian Restaurant

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Italian, Bar
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2195 Broad St, Cranston, RI 02905-3330
+1 401-461-2300
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Located in the beautifully quaint Pawtuxet Village in Cranston, this eatery is amazing! The bar is long and very welcoming as is the dining room. Everything from pizza, to calamari and pasta are delicious and I have never had a bad meal.

Thank christine c
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hadn't been to Basra since the renovation...So glad we stopped in tonight...The zuchinni blossoms were lovely...The pizza is definitely amazing and the Veal was out of this world...We ended our meal with the lemon tart and the cherry cheesecake, both masterfully crafted...As said before, the bar does get loud so next time we will try sitting outside...Our waiter, Ian, was... More 

Thank paintedpoet
Warwick, Rhode Island
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344 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

If weather permits, try to sit outside. Busy place. Nice bar. Service is good, but not worth it! Appetizers were unmemorable. What is memorable are the prices. Restaurant is very pricey for what you get.

Thank Bobbie W
Basta_Staff, General Manager at Basta Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello Sir, Thank you for taking the time to review Basta. As any business, you need to constantly work together to become better everyday, and we deeply value your criticism so that we may do our best to overcome and flaws we may have to ensure that service AND food is memorable. In regards to our pricing, that is based... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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112 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Had dinner at Basta recently and what a wonderful and pleasant experience. The staff could not have been friendlier and the food was excellent They have a nice variety of items on the menu and an excellent wine list. All things considered I highly recommend this understated, but superb restaurant.

Thank Joseph D
Basta_Staff, General Manager at Basta Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review on us Joseph! We are thrilled to hear you loved what we here at Basta all work so hard together for. We look forward to serving you again! More 

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68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

I gave a bad review of this place in 2013 due mainly to untrained wait staff. I visited Basta again this past Saturday night and my experience was much better. This time, we were a party of eight and Ian, our waiter was a gem. He gave us great service, was patient, explained the specials well and checked on us... More 

Thank NadineTheQueen
Basta_Staff, General Manager at Basta Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Nadine, Thank you for giving Basta another try after your visit in 2013. 2013 was the beginning of a long journey for us after reopening our doors. We have since spent countless hours trying to create the best possible menus, cocktails and specials and we are happy to hear your 2nd visit was nothing like your first! Thank you for... More 

Providence, Rhode Island
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146 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

If weather permits, do sit outside. There is plenty of free parking---a plus in busy Pawtuxet Village. The portions are small, especially the beet salad. The food is good, but not memorable.

Thank DawnAlba
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

For a Christmas present our grown children and their spouses gave my husband & I a gift card to Basta Italian Restaurant. We thought " oh no not another Italian restaurant" We both agreed the Italian restaurants we ate at all taste the same.We've been to moderate priced to very expensive restaurants. Not true with Basta Italian Restaurant. We were... More 

Thank RIDance
New York City, New York
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27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Festive restaurant within a few miles drive of the downtown area. We had a wonderful dinner and dessert. Nice selection of drinks and food. Staff is very friendly and service was great. It gets a little noisy, but that is part of what makes the atmosphere. They have both indoor and outdoor seating. Quaint little town to take a walk... More 

Thank nymom1966
East Walpole
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88 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

We returned to Basta for an early mother's dinner on the Friday before. We each had a special for dinner and a specialvappetizzer. The fig and mortadella pizza was the perfect size, with a nice balance of sweet and savory. The pasta special with walnut pesto and chicken was delicious, abd the fish soecial, halibut, over smashed potatoes with olive... More 

Thank William M
Providence, Rhode Island
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39 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

food and service very good. from appetizers to main courses all served very nicely... ometimes ghere are so many appetizers and grilled pizzas we just skip the entrée and have a various selection of them.. wait staff all very pleasant and most itmes the owner alex is around making sure is guests are happy with their choice.

Thank jan489

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$16 - $40
Italian, Bar
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2195 Broad St, Cranston, RI 02905-3330
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Cranston
  • Phone Number: +1 401-461-2300
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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