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“Wonderful ambiance”
Review of Pasta e Basta

Pasta e Basta
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Ranked #208 of 4,303 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $62
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
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.
Reviewed January 15, 2014

The restaurant has a lovely ambiance. The waiters/waitresses were professional with serving and singing. It was nice to enjoy a dinner meal while listening to live music. The italian food was pretty good but I would not describe it as delicious Italian food. The dining experience is what made this restaurant a wonderful place to go for a special occasion. Warm, cozy, and delightful.

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Thank Blitz17
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pr-pasta-e-basta, Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this reviewResponded January 21, 2014

How lovely to hear that you experienced our ambiance as wonderful. We aim to create a warm and cosy atmosphere for our guests.

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Reviewed January 8, 2014

Went to pasta and basta for my husband birthday. Great experience. Definantly will come back when in amsterdam. Tottally recomended! 5 star Service!

Thank Filipa F
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

Dined here on Christmas Eve with my 80-year-old parents. All in all, an excellent experience. Sure the food is not – and is not meant to be – Italian à la carte but is nevertheless well above any acceptable level for most regular restaurant goers. Starter is an anti pasta buffet. The real attraction in this restaurant is of course the singing; they employ professional and/or trainee singers as waiters. Every now and then the action stops for a song. Not too often, just enough. Not a knees-up, audience-involved sing a long, just quality singers intermittently singing quality songs. All in all, great.

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Thank Poorty
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Reviewed December 11, 2013

My sister and I recently chanced upon this restaurant as we walked back to our hotel; we made a booking for the next evening and were so glad we did. While eating at Pasta e Basta is not a gastronomic experience of the highest order - though of a perfectly acceptable standard, the overall experience is one not to be missed. The staff are delightful, friendly and welcoming and the atmosphere is cosy and inviting; the experience of being served by charming and efficient waiting and bar staff who, at frequent intervals, burst unexpectedly into song is an enchanting one. The variety and standard of the singing is exceptional and the singers seem to be enjoying themselves almost as much as the diners. We had such a good time we went back the next night - there should b a Pasta e Basta in every town.

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Reviewed December 5, 2013

I've written very positively about P e B on previous visits to Amsterdam but guess what???/... They've chnaged a winning formula!!! Other posts have nailed it on the head here...... Staff are great, music is fab, greta buzz and vibe BUT the move to this ridicuous system of limiting a large group to a max of 3 pasta types irrespective of individual taste or dietary requiremenst is just silly.

previosuly we've enjoyed salmon, beef fillet and venison (amongst many other types of dish) with our pasts but all is changed now....


Suffice to say that on our latest visit the clientelle was made up almost exclusively of big groups either on tours or company excursions....

Proprietor please take note before its too late... You may have killed the goose that layed the golden egg!!!!

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