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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%
Travellers talk about
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“spicy sausage” (2 reviews)
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Open Now
4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2195 Broad St, Cranston, RI 02905-3330
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Reviewed May 26, 2017

Truly a great spot as far as food, ambiance, and service. From wine to dessert, I recommend trying a little of everything. The lobster fettuccine was very tasty, but a little heavy if you don't have a big appetite. I had the pizza special- a...More

Thank Jacqueline J
Reviewed May 2, 2017

Wait staff is attentive, Basta is a welcoming atmosphere, especially the semi-outdoor area in back. But the food never really delivers. It's too bad, because everything else about the place is good, just not great.

Thank burnapj
Reviewed April 23, 2017

My husband and I went to celebrate our 4oth Wedding Anniversary. When I made the reservations a box opened up asking if we were celebrating and I answered. We were taken to a round booth table area and after being seated the waiter presented us...More

Thank Jeanne O
Basta_Staff, General Manager at Basta Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2017

Hi Jeanne! Thank you for your kind words, we are honored when couples choose us to share their special moments with so we try to ensure that every step of the way would be a moment to remember. Thank you for choosing us, we can't...More

Reviewed March 12, 2017

Yesterday, we held my daughter's baby shower at Basta. It was an absolutely wonderful event! There were over 45 adults and 7 children who attended. The atmosphere are electric! The room set up was easy and perfect. The service and the food were outstanding! Even...More

Thank Brenda M
Basta_Staff, Manager at Basta Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 15, 2017

Hi Brenda, It was an absolute pleasure working with you, I was so happy to be apart of creating such a special day during one of the most important times of you and your family's lives. I look forward to seeing you and the newest...More

Reviewed February 27, 2017

Great Italian food! Definitely worth the drive we took to get there. We had the pizza (customized for us) and it was delicious - ate every bit of it! Will be back!

Thank Lizabeans
Reviewed February 24, 2017 via mobile

Ok, I'll admit it. There are literally dozens of restaurants within an easy drive from our house. Boston and providence are both about 30 to 40 minutes away. But when it comes to a special occasion, or even just a great meal, Basta cannot be...More

Thank William M
Reviewed February 19, 2017

Our experience at this restaurant was excellent. The waitstaff was respectful, engaging and attentive. Our waitress was very patient answering all of our questions that we had and checked often to see that we were satisfied with our drinks and our food. Our meals were...More

Thank theboltsy
Reviewed January 24, 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 December 31, 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 January 4, 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 November 10, 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 November 13, 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

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Questions & Answers
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
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups
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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