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Basta Italian Restaurant

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2195 Broad Street, Cranston, RI 02905
+1 401-461-2300
16:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 16:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 23:00
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New York
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our experience at this restaurant was excellent. The waitstaff was respectful, engaging and attentive. Our waitress was very patient answering all of our questions that we had and checked often to see that we were satisfied with our drinks and our food. Our meals were so delicious. We split the Bibb salad, but it was so good and light that... More 

Thank theboltsy
La Selva Beach, California
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125 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On a recent trip, we met my cousin at her home-town Italian Restaurant. What a pleasant surprise! Seating was in a semi- circle red booth which gave us a great view of the young jazz group playing that evening. Our server was Annie and she gave us excellent advice on local fish specials and dessert. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner.

Thank SusanneCA
Glocester, Rhode Island
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

I have been to Basta, numerous times and thought it was great. Tonight, I met my girl friend which, I haven't seen in about a year. We went early at 4:30 to sit at the bar for New Years Eve. Our bartender appeared to be angry that she was working. She was pretty rude to everyone sitting at the bar.... More 

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

Hi Denise, We are very disappointed to hear this. Please allow us an opportunity to chat with you about your experience. We take feedback very seriously and would use the opportunity to learn and improve. If you would be willing to chat, return as our guest and let us make this right (on an ongoing basis), please send us a... More 

Providence, Rhode Island
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

My wife and I are local to the area and went to Basta for an impromptu date night. We usually head to down town providence or fed hill but Basta looked clean and bright so we thought we'd give it a try. Everything was great until we actually sat down. The bartender was slow even though the bar was empty.... More 

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

Thank you for your review, we appreciate you and your wife coming to Basta. Unfortunately you did not have the experience that many others tend to have and I sincerely apologize for that. I would love to hear more about your experience so that we can do our best to ensure that this type of experience will not happen again.... More 

New York
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Basta continues to provide excellent food and service. The tables at the restaurant are adequately spread out. The servers are well informed about the menu and specials. Their stuffed veal chop is simply one of the best dishes in RI. The chop is then covered in cream sauce with jumbo shrimp. Tough to finish but heats well for lunch the... More 

Thank TravelinNice
Cranston, Rhode Island
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I were at Basta last night. It is one of our all time favorite spots. The thing I really like about Basta is the fact that they always have the right amount of staff. The food is always excellent. The service is top notch. The wine and drink list is the best around. Nice variety on the... More 

Thank EvanMarc
Poolesville, Maryland
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

In the area for a funeral, a group of 8 of us were cranky and hungry. We happened upon Basta by accident and were ALL super happy we did. It was Monday night, so had the place to ourselves. Wait staff was very helpful & friendly, and the food delicious with GENEROUS portions (we split ours). I had the Rigatoni... More 

Thank 2012diving
Cranston, Rhode Island
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53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We went to Basta all the time when the previous owners had it. now it is a much smaller menu. It was very good but not the the old Basta. Pasta was done to perfection. Salmon was also great.

Thank j0annes719
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Hungry and not local to the area, we were challenged to find something for dinner that was acceptable to our varied group. After a little bit of research on the inter-webbie-web, Basta caught our fancy. Reading the restaurant reviews only strengthened our resolve to go slightly out of our way to try this place. Nestled in a charming part of... More 

Thank squidharth
East Walpole
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101 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

My daughter came home for the long college break weekend, and my son was flying in from his college in the evening. My wife was flying in later that night so Basta is where we decided to eat and wait for the flight. We requested and got our favorite waiter, Ian, and settled in for a great meal. We had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$16 - US$40
Italian, Gluten Free Options
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, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings
Open Hours
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 23:00
16:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2195 Broad Street, Cranston, RI 02905
  • 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?