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Basta Italian Restaurant

2195 Broad St, Cranston, RI 02905-3330
+1 401-461-2300
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good23%
  • Average12%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible3%
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“veal” (18 reviews)
“spicy sausage” (2 reviews)
“fra diavolo” (3 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2195 Broad St, Cranston, RI 02905-3330
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

4 of us went out for dinner. Atmosphere was cozy but busy. A bit noisy. Wine list is good. Steak Diana was good. Gnochi sucked. Appetizers (calamari & meatballs) were good. Service was good. Overall, nothing special. Many other better Italian restaurants in the area.

Thank johntravassos1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here with family on a recent trip to the USA. Situated in a lovely village high street with plenty of atmosphere. Plenty of parking behind. We booked a table as it was a Friday evening. We waited 10 mins to be seated, which was...More

Thank Annie52
Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

We were a large party and they seated us in a private room which we appreciated! The zucchini flower appetizer lacked taste and distinction. The veal was not top quality and the pasta was served room temperature rather than hot. The cheesecake was very good!...More

Thank RNRN
Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

This was a repeat visit after loving Basta during a visit from our home state of Texas to Cranston last summer. We began our meal with the calamari appetizer. It’s delicious with a hint of spice from roasted peppers! This time my sister in law...More

Thank Lesley H
Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

Pros - excellent service, great dining room and some really good entrees. The swordfish, pasta with spicy sausage, and gnocchi dishes were standouts at our table. Also on the plus side, a variety of good wines by the bottle or glass. Cons - the kitchen’s...More

Thank G3inLondon
Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

Excellent food and service. Not your typical Italian restaurant. The veal was delicious in a light sauce and served with a potato croquette.

Thank Gina F
Reviewed May 21, 2018

We went on a Saturday night and the meal was outstanding. The restaurant is a little noisy mostly because it was so crowded. Pawtuxet is a great little treasure and Basta is a cornerstone. We each had a pasta dish and both were excellent. Portion...More

1  Thank Mary Anne S
Reviewed February 24, 2018

Great spot in Cranston for dinner. We had to wait about 10 minutes for the bartender to serve us as he was too busy talking to other customers which was very lousy from a customer service perspective as the bar was not that busy, I...More

Thank Brr4346AD
Reviewed December 17, 2017 via mobile

The best way I can describe a visit to Basta is idyllic. Smartly decorated, a professional staff, a menu with varied choices, and light music all make for a 5 Star experience. Even though it was a last minute reservation, the staff was able to...More

Thank Mike P
Reviewed November 19, 2017

We stopped in for dinner before heading into Providence for a show. It was not very crowded at 5:00 pm, but it did fill up quickly after we arrived. We ordered their past special, the bolognese, and the veal parm. Everything was perfectly cook and...More

Thank HowieTraveler
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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
US$16 - US$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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2195 Broad St, Cranston, RI 02905-3330
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Cranston
  • Phone Number: +1 401-461-2300
  • E-mail
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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