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Basta Italian Restaurant

2195 Broad Street, Cranston, RI 02905
+1 401-461-2300
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good22%
  • Average10%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible3%
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“veal” (16 reviews)
“pizza” (14 reviews)
“fra diavolo” (2 reviews)
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Italian, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2195 Broad Street, Cranston, RI 02905
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time at this restaurant. Micheal, our waiter, was very imformative on the wine and specials. The atmosphere was great outdoors ( didn't see the inside) and the food was very good. I had the Bolongese and my husband had the SALTIMBOCCA DI Vitello which...More

Thank Renee G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner there tonight and I am fairly skeptical about Italian restaurants since they are common and frequently over rated for basic food. The food combinations were authentic and almost everything on the menu is house made - even the gluten free pizza crust which...More

Thank Goddess64TO
Reviewed July 4, 2017

We are not close by, so only get a chance to eat at Basta, when something brings us to the area. Last time was about 15 years ago, and the restaurant has changed hands in that time. Basta is a certified Neapolitan Pizza maker, but...More

Thank Ed_Kal99
Reviewed June 23, 2017

My family and I visited Basta for the first time for a weekend dinner. We had reservations, and were seated right away at a tall booth near a large bar. The restaurant itself is beautifully designed with an open pizza oven and outdoor seating in...More

Thank Kara S
Reviewed June 20, 2017 via mobile

On this visit to relatives' favorite restaurant, I enjoyed the Linguine fra Diavolo with lobster. A little spice made it perfect. Two in our party had rigatoni bolognese--a family favorite. I tasted and I understand why! One person had the grilled salmon special which was...More

Thank Lesley H
Reviewed May 31, 2017

As others have said, the restaurant is cozy and the staff is friendly. My wife had a pizza with figs and mascarpone, which I sampled. It was delicious and the crust is superb. I had the rigatoni bolognese, one of my favorite dishes, and an...More

Thank iclodyes
Reviewed May 26, 2017

Truly a great spot as far as food, ambiance, and service. From wine to dessert, I recommend trying a little of everything. The lobster fettuccine was very tasty, but a little heavy if you don't have a big appetite. I had the pizza special- a...More

Thank Jacqueline J
Reviewed May 2, 2017

Wait staff is attentive, Basta is a welcoming atmosphere, especially the semi-outdoor area in back. But the food never really delivers. It's too bad, because everything else about the place is good, just not great.

Thank burnapj
Reviewed April 23, 2017

My husband and I went to celebrate our 4oth Wedding Anniversary. When I made the reservations a box opened up asking if we were celebrating and I answered. We were taken to a round booth table area and after being seated the waiter presented us...More

Thank Jeanne O
Basta_Staff, General Manager at Basta Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2017

Hi Jeanne! Thank you for your kind words, we are honored when couples choose us to share their special moments with so we try to ensure that every step of the way would be a moment to remember. Thank you for choosing us, we can't...More

Reviewed March 12, 2017

Yesterday, we held my daughter's baby shower at Basta. It was an absolutely wonderful event! There were over 45 adults and 7 children who attended. The atmosphere are electric! The room set up was easy and perfect. The service and the food were outstanding! Even...More

Thank Brenda M
Basta_Staff, Manager at Basta Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 15, 2017

Hi Brenda, It was an absolute pleasure working with you, I was so happy to be apart of creating such a special day during one of the most important times of you and your family's lives. I look forward to seeing you and the newest...More

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Carolyn M
November 17, 2016|
Response from Basta_Staff | Property representative |
Hi Miss M, The attire here at Basta is typically business casual. I hope this helps!
Donna C
September 1, 2015|
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Response from delaware104 | Reviewed this property |
I would check with them for time and availability. However, I noticed that they have a very nice, glass enclosed private room with door access. This seems to be ideal for your needs, subject to the size of your event.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$16 - $40
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic
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 Street, Cranston, RI 02905
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Cranston
  • Phone Number: +1 401-461-2300
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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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