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Basta Italian Restaurant

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Zuppa Di Pollo Scarola
Chicken and escarole soup
Crispy‎ rice balls stuffed with mushrooms and aged parmigiano with a toasted garlic tomato sauce
Fungi Trifolati
Crostini topped with sauteed wild mushrooms, garlic, roasted tomatoes and sage
Calamari Fritti
Fried crispy calamari with a roasted garlic, tomato and hot pepper sauce
Melanzane Al Forno
Eggplant layered with melted mozzarella and marinara
Melted‎ fontina, mixed with marsala wine, sorpessata and diced tomatoes, served with hot bread
Carciofo Paradiso
Artichoke mousse topped with thinly sliced crispy artichoke bottoms and a white wine reduction
Gamberetti Con Giacche
Baked jumbo shrimp wrapped with proscuitto, roasted peppers and mozzarella in a white wine reduction
Gamberetti Aglio E Burro
Shrimp simmered in a light garlic butter sauce
Polpette Al Forno
Meatballs topped with marinara, aged parmigiano and basil, served with hot bread
Crisp baby romaine lettuce tossed with garlic crutons, a classic caesar dressing and shaved parmigiano
Arugula, radicchio and escarole hearts over a shaved parmigiano and goat cheese toast in a white balsamic vinaigrette
Shaved artichoke, arugula and pecorino in a zesty, light citronette
Boston Bibb
Bibb‎ lettuce topped with crumbled gorgonzola, candied pecans and green apples, in a raspberry vinaigrette
Our tasting boards are perfect for sharing and include classic selections as well as exquisite specialty items that vary based on our chef’s daily inspiration and market availability.
Tagliere Del Salumiere
A selection of Italian and local cured meats
Tagliere Di Formaggi
A selection of Italian cheeses served with honey and preserves
Tagliere Mezzo E Mezzo
A combination of each of the above
Products vary but may include:
Prosciutto di parma, bresaola, sopressata, spec, mortadella, guanciale grana padano, mozzarella di buola, fontina, ricotta salata
Your pizza will be made the way it was historically intended, using products sourced from the campania region of Italy. Among them, d.o.p. San Marazano tomatoes, caputo “00” our, fresh mozzarella and the nest extra virgin olive oil and sea salt. At 1,000 degrees farenheit, our “MG Forni oven” will cook your pizza in approximately 60 seconds.
Gluten free pizza $+4.00
Tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil
Gluten free pizza $+4.00
Tomato sauce, garlic and oregano
Gluten free pizza $+4.00
Tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil and spicy sopressata
Gluten free pizza $+4.00
Cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and garlic topped with arugula and prosciutto di parma
Gluten free pizza $+4.00
Tomato sauce, sliced meatballs, garlic, oregano, mozzarella and pecorino
Gluten free pizza $+4.00
Rhode island clams, garlic, oregano, spicy chile flakes, pecorino and parmigiano
Gluten free pizza $+4.00
Mozzarella, garlic, Italian sausage and rabe
Gluten free pizza $+4.00
Cherry tomatoes, eggplant, basil, mozzarella and ricotta salata
Gluten free pizza $+4.00
Tre Formaggio
Peccorino, asiago, mozzarella, garlic, sage and black pepper
Bucatini Alla Amatriciana
Bucatini sauteed with guanciale, red onion, crushed red pepper and pecorino, in a light pomodoro sauce
Rigatoni Alla Bolognese
Rigatoni tossed with a slow braised meat sauce and grated parmigiano
Orecchiette Con Salsiccia E Rabe
“Little ear” shaped pasta mixed with hot sausage, rabe, garlic and pecorino
Penne Alla Arrabiata
Penne tossed with toasted garlic and parsley in a spicy chili marinara
Fettucine Con Astice
Fettucine with lobster meat, tossed in a white wine butter reduction with basil
Linguine Alle Vongole
Linquine with local clams, green onion and crushed red pepper in a white wine sauce
Spaghettini Con Gamberi
Spaghettini‎ sautéed with shrimp, roasted garlic, diced fresh tomatoes, arugula, white wine and crushed red pepper
Gnocchi Alla Sorentina
Potato dumplings tossed with mozzarella and fresh basil in a light pomodoro sauce
Gnocchi Alla “Gabriela
Potato dumplings baked with fontina, asagio, gorgonzola and mozzarella with cherry tomatoes
Tortellini Al Barolo
Barolo wine infused tortellini stuffed with goat cheese in a grapefruit brown butter sauce
Pollo Al Mattone
Half chicken with rosemary, oven roasted potatoes and onions with a cranberry relish
Pollo Alla Marsala
Sauteed chicken with mushrooms, marsala wine, fresh garlic and basil, served with oven roasted potatoes
Pollo/Vitello Alla Parmigiana
Lightly breaded chicken or veal, pan fried, topped with mozzarella and a light tomato sauce served with penne
Cotoletta Pazza
Pounded veal chop, breaded and stuffed with prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, topped with lobster cream sauce, & grilled shrimp - served with a side of sauteed escarole
Cotoletta Alla Milanese
Pounded thin veal, breaded and pan fried, topped with arugula, onions and tomato salad with shaved parmigiano
Vitello Saltimbocca
Veal sauteed in a white wine sauce topped with sage, prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, served with potato croquettes
Risotto Con Capesante
Tender scallops over a black pepper lemon risotto, served with a red grapefruit salad
Puttanesca Con Pesce Spada
Skewered swordsh with anchovies, basil, olives, capers and tomatoes served with rabe
Pesce Alla Francese
Egg battered cod, pan fried in lemon, capers and white wine, served with rabe
Filetto Di Maiale Agro Dolce
Boneless pork tenderloin over a sweet and spicy sauce with sun dried tomatoes and mushrooms, alongside Brussels’ sprouts and sautéed sweet potatoes
Rabe Sautéed in Garlic and Olive Oil
Potato Croquettes
Roasted Rosemary Potatoes
Cauliflower Au Gratin
Escarole Sautéed in Garlic and Olive Oil
Sparking, non sparking
Acqua Panna
All sodas
Cocktail & wine lists available
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
US$16 - US$40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
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Reviewed December 18, 2018 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 LHTex96
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
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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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