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Basta Italian Restaurant

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2195 Broad Street, Cranston, RI 02905
+1 401-461-2300
16:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 16:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 23:00
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New York
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 in cream sauce with jumbo shrimp. Tough to finish but heats well for lunch the... More 

Thank TravelinNice
Cranston, Rhode Island
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 top notch. The wine and drink list is the best around. Nice variety on the... More 

Thank EvanMarc
Poolesville, Maryland
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 & friendly, and the food delicious with GENEROUS portions (we split ours). I had the Rigatoni... More 

Thank 2012diving
Cranston, Rhode Island
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62 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
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
Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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 slightly out of our way to try this place. Nestled in a charming part of... More 

Thank squidharth
East Walpole
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113 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
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 and got our favorite waiter, Ian, and settled in for a great meal. We had... More 

Thank William M
Lincoln, Rhode Island
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 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 review

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

Providence, Rhode Island
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Basta has kind of snuck up on me as a consistently good, comforting and comfortable place to share a special evening with friends. In a city like Providence (Basta is just over the line in Cranston) where there is so much excellent foodie food, Basta has plenty of competition in the gourmet lane. But what Basta does exceptionally well is... More 

Thank EleanorS612
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Located in the beautifully quaint Pawtuxet Village in Cranston, this eatery is amazing! The bar is long and very welcoming as is the dining room. Everything from pizza, to calamari and pasta are delicious and I have never had a bad meal.

1 Thank christine c
Basta_Staff, General Manager at Basta Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much Christine! We appreciate your kind words and hope we continue to serve you with our chefs creative specials and bar staff's wonderful drinks. Thank you again! More 

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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Hadn't been to Basra since the renovation...So glad we stopped in tonight...The zuchinni blossoms were lovely...The pizza is definitely amazing and the Veal was out of this world...We ended our meal with the lemon tart and the cherry cheesecake, both masterfully crafted...As said before, the bar does get loud so next time we will try sitting outside...Our waiter, Ian, was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 16 - US$ 40
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, 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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?