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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)
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Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
121 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240-3905
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

This is a place we visit occasionally, and have our favorites from which we rarely stray. My favorite entree is the sausage oricchiette, but will almost always order the calimari appetizer, which is usually the best we can find in Iowa City. Other places will...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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JackP2589, Owner at Basta Pizzeria Ristorante, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2018

Thank you for the nice review and feedback. Apologies for the lack luster calamari we served you, so glad to hear that the staff made it right. Look forward to serving you calamari and sausage oricchiette in the future.

Reviewed October 22, 2018

I was with some co-workers at the place for lunch. it was packed. The meatball sandwich was good. I would go again but maybe if there was a holiday or summer.

Date of visit: October 2018
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JackP2589, Owner at Basta Pizzeria Ristorante, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2018

Thanks for stopping in for lunch and the nice review! Happy to hear you enjoyed the meatball sandwich!

Reviewed September 30, 2018 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

Date of visit: October 2018
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JackP2589, Owner at Basta Pizzeria Ristorante, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2018

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

Reviewed September 16, 2018 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

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank BigMerk
JackP2589, Owner at Basta Pizzeria Ristorante, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2018

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!)

Date of visit: August 2018
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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

Date of visit: August 2018
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!

Date of visit: February 2018
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

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank cgray94
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.

Date of visit: February 2018
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

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Bryan D
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October 8, 2018|
Response from Y4936HJsusanw | 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
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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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