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Pizzeria Basta

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3601 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303-1310 (33rd)
+1 303-997-8775
17:00 - 22:00
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Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
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Boulder, Colorado
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113 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

It's amazing what comes out of this wood-fired pizza oven. Beyond making a fine pizza, the chef delivers delicious roasted vegetables, an excellent farro dish, heavenly lasagna, great baked chicken and fantastic short ribs & mashed potatoes. Every bite was divine! How does he do it?? No idea.

1 Thank BeebzAbroad
Level Contributor
99 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Hmm. If you like burned extremely expensive pizza with pretentious waiters, this is the place for you. Honestly I have no idea why this place has such good ratings. The waiter actually said to me, " there are hard words on the menu and I am the only one who knows their definition, if you want to be enlightened come... More 

1 Thank Barbsiegogo
Louisville, Colorado
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Chef Kelly is clearly passionate about the quality of the food and its sourcing. The bar is stocked with in-house concoctions and an expert staff. I've had many dishes besides the pizza which, to me, are the best in Boulder. The wait staff are clearly knowledgeable and very customer oriented. Truly, I like the dining experience as much as the... More 

Thank LaRoche108
Denver, Colorado
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353 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Six of us enjoyed dinner - all dishes family style, even the salads. The pickled green tomatoes were perfect against the pizzas - our first course. They get their wood-fired oven up to well above 500 degrees, so 12" pizzas cook quickly - great thin crusts and flavors, and far different from the "usual" pizza place. We tried their farro... More 

Thank lsc_Denver
Black Hawk, Colorado
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

With a stellar ranking from 5280 magazine and other good reviews, we expected a superb dinner. What we got were intriguing menu descriptions, high prices, and generally unimpressive food. The baked oyster plate was a display of bubbling broth in oyster shells on a bed of salt, in which there were 4 tiny oysters with little memorable flavor. The pizza... More 

Thank CapnCrunch48
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126 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

We came here for an early dinner date. We shared the brussels sprouts dish, the lasagna all'amatriciana, and the "arugula" pizza. Service was pretty friendly and fast. They seemed a little too eager to take away our plates when there was still food on them, and it was not crowded so they didn't really need to rush us along. That... More 

Thank Virgil_Boulder
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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107 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Pizzeria is on the ground floor in the center of a apartment/condo complex. No commercial parking lot, more like it was designed to be the neighborhood pizzeria for the complex. If you really want to go here ride a bike or find someplace outside the complex and walk in.

Thank BDU50
Boulder, Colorado
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73 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

Perfect wood-fired, authentic Italian pizza. Also excellent roasted chicken. Add to that - two desserts only on the menu and we have to have them both each time - and we don't love dessert typically. The "doughnuts" (beignet-like and round) to dip in mascarpone whip; and the best tiramisu we have ever had - not too fluffy and the layer... More 

Thank Midwest2West
Hanoi, Vietnam
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

I went here for the first time on a Friday night with my mom who is already a big fan of Basta's. We ordered the whole fish, I think it was halibut, with the smashed potatoes and peas. The fish was cooked perfectly and the potatoes were decadent and delicious. The snap peas were also amazing. I don't think there... More 

Thank KSchweber
Atlanta, Georgia
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127 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

I wanted to try all the local wineries while visiting and hear folks had a custom Bookcliff blend available by carafe! The pizza was fabulous - Portuguese wild caught sardines etc :) the chefs special app- tuna cheek was amazing prepare. finally the ice cream was also wood fired and had amazing flavor!

Thank LisaAS6427PG

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3601 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303-1310
  • Public Transportation: Arapahoe and 33rd Street Bus stop for the Jump.
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Boulder
  • Phone Number: +1 303-997-8775

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?