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Basta Pizzeria Ristorante

121 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240-3905
+1 319-337-2010
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“pasta” (49 reviews)
Opens in 20 min
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
121 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240-3905
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I came to this place for lunch on a Saturday. Atmosphere is nice and so is the service. Interesting wine list with good options in Italian wines. Entrees are inspired in the italian cuisine, but carry an american flavor (and size!). Food was good and...More

Thank Flavio R
JackP2589, Owner at Basta Pizzeria Ristorante, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Flavio, thank you for stopping in and the nice review. Glad you enjoyed the Aglianico, its one of my personal favorites! Jack

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was only in Iowa City one night but I really loved the city. I found a place to park on the street where the restaurant sits -metered parking (til 6pm) and limited to an hour. It’s the main street running up to the old...More

Thank BigMerk
JackP2589, Owner at Basta Pizzeria Ristorante, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

BigMerk, thank you for stopping in and the nice review! Jack

Reviewed August 31, 2018

We enjoyed a wonderful Italian dinner at Basta. I had pizza, which was also delicious the next day, and my husband ordered and enjoyed the spaghetti and meatball special (only $10 - with enough for a lunch the next day!)

Thank Susan W
Reviewed August 16, 2018

We have been here several times, and I don't think I'll be coming back soon. The service is excellent. The staff is friendly, attentive and top notch. While the food looks great, it is just okay in flavor. I would love to see a new,...More

Thank AT5064
Reviewed August 11, 2018

always enjoy the friendly service and tasty appetizers. have wished tables had more space when trying to carry on conversations, I have felt I coundn't keep my mind on my own table. good food great service, we will be back!

Thank franktree2018
Reviewed August 11, 2018

I have gone there for dinner twice and it is hands down the best italian restaurant I've been to. I've gotten two different pasta plates and homemade pasta tastes very fresh and delicious. I was also happy they were able to make a negroni at...More

Thank Cameron G
Reviewed August 8, 2018

This place is consistently one of the best restaurants in Iowa City. Excellent food, excellent service, no complaints at all. Highly recommended.

Thank John D
Reviewed August 8, 2018

I took my wife here for her birthday and we both loved the place. The food that we had was beyond anything we could have imagined. The portions were just enough to keep us from still being hungry and the taste of the food was...More

Thank Bryan D
Reviewed July 30, 2018

Basta is my go-to place to bring my parents when they come to visit me in Iowa City. The food is delicious and I always end up eating way too much because it is just so good. The Four Cheese Penne is to die for...More

Thank Wide_EyedTraveler202
Reviewed July 18, 2018

Food is good with good service. Like the stylish environment as well. I really like their appetizers. Service is friendly.

Thank ananyasengupta2017
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Gladys S
October 8, 2018|
Response from Susan W | Reviewed this property |
As I ordered something to my own liking that was not on the menu, I would think you could customize with anything they have on the menu.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 121 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240-3905
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-337-2010
Basta serves modern Italian cuisine, inspired by tradition and local Iowa ingredients. Our pizza is classic Napoli style.
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