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Basta Italian Restaurant

2195 Broad St, Cranston, RI 02905-3330
+1 401-461-2300
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good23%
  • Average12%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
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“veal” (19 reviews)
“spicy sausage” (2 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2195 Broad St, Cranston, RI 02905-3330
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really beautiful atmosphere, tastefully decorated for the holidays. The food was very good, only complaint is quite pricey. I had the scallop truffle risotto dish, and it was very good. My husband had the Bolognese.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 465ChristineD465
Reviewed November 11, 2018

Excellent service from the moment we walked in until we left. Food was fabulous. The tuna special was cooked perfect with the Risotto side simply yummy. The Sophia Loren pizza was perfectly cooked and was great for lunch the next day.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

We were touring colleges in the northeast and NYC. We stopped at Basta after visiting RISD. We arrived just as they opened for the evening, thank goodness! The dark wood paneling contrasts nicely with the crisp white of the table linens. We ordered the Calamari...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank LBReed68
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

Basta is one of the best Italian restaurants in Rhode Island. Best pizza EVER and delicious homemade pasta. The servers and staff are very attentive and friendly. The only negative is that the tables are too close together. Easy solution: Turn down the volume on...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Revholt
Reviewed October 14, 2018 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.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank johntravassos1
Reviewed October 10, 2018 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

Date of visit: October 2018
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

Date of visit: August 2018
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

Date of visit: July 2018
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

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank G3nLondon
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.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Gina F
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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, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings
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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