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Basta Italian Restaurant

2195 Broad Street, Cranston, RI 02905
+1 401-461-2300
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good21%
  • Average10%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“veal” (16 reviews)
“arancini” (2 reviews)
“prosciutto” (3 reviews)
Open Now
16:30 - 23:00All hours
Italian, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2195 Broad Street, Cranston, RI 02905
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Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

On a recent trip, we met my cousin at her home-town Italian Restaurant. What a pleasant surprise! Seating was in a semi- circle red booth which gave us a great view of the young jazz group playing that evening. Our server was Annie and she...More

Thank SusanneCA
Reviewed 31 December 2016

I have been to Basta, numerous times and thought it was great. Tonight, I met my girl friend which, I haven't seen in about a year. We went early at 4:30 to sit at the bar for New Years Eve. Our bartender appeared to be...More

Thank denise d
Basta_Staff, General Manager at Basta Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2017

Hi Denise, We are very disappointed to hear this. Please allow us an opportunity to chat with you about your experience. We take feedback very seriously and would use the opportunity to learn and improve. If you would be willing to chat, return as our...More

Reviewed 10 November 2016

My wife and I are local to the area and went to Basta for an impromptu date night. We usually head to down town providence or fed hill but Basta looked clean and bright so we thought we'd give it a try. Everything was great...More

Thank spikestoness
Basta_Staff, General Manager at Basta Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2016

Thank you for your review, we appreciate you and your wife coming to Basta. Unfortunately you did not have the experience that many others tend to have and I sincerely apologize for that. I would love to hear more about your experience so that we...More

Reviewed 24 October 2016

Basta continues to provide excellent food and service. The tables at the restaurant are adequately spread out. The servers are well informed about the menu and specials. Their stuffed veal chop is simply one of the best dishes in RI. The chop is then covered...More

Thank TravelinNice
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I were at Basta last night. It is one of our all time favorite spots. The thing I really like about Basta is the fact that they always have the right amount of staff. The food is always excellent. The service is...More

Thank EvanMarc
Reviewed 20 October 2016

In the area for a funeral, a group of 8 of us were cranky and hungry. We happened upon Basta by accident and were ALL super happy we did. It was Monday night, so had the place to ourselves. Wait staff was very helpful &...More

Thank 2012diving
Reviewed 19 October 2016

We went to Basta all the time when the previous owners had it. now it is a much smaller menu. It was very good but not the the old Basta. Pasta was done to perfection. Salmon was also great.

Thank j0annes719
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Hungry and not local to the area, we were challenged to find something for dinner that was acceptable to our varied group. After a little bit of research on the inter-webbie-web, Basta caught our fancy. Reading the restaurant reviews only strengthened our resolve to go...More

Thank squidharth
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

My daughter came home for the long college break weekend, and my son was flying in from his college in the evening. My wife was flying in later that night so Basta is where we decided to eat and wait for the flight. We requested...More

Thank William M
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Thank you Basta for a wonderful evening. The eggplant appetizer was perfect for the 3 of us to split. In our party we had the salmon, swordfish and beet salad with grilled shrimp. Everything was delicious. We will definitely be back!

Thank Lidadad
Basta_Staff, General Manager at Basta Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2016

Thank you so much for your review! We look forward to serving you soon!

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Carolyn M
What do people wear here?
17 November 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
Do you do private parties (showers) at Basta?
1 September 2015|
Answer Show all 2 answers
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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 23:00
16:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2195 Broad Street, Cranston, RI 02905
  • 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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