Basta has undergone extensive interior renovations - not all for the good. While the restaurant is now much brighter and airier than it used to be, it's so noisy that it's almost impossible to hear people at your own table. But, if the food were exceptional, then maybe background noise would be acceptable. However the food is, at best, average (and that's being kind). I started with a Caesar salad, and the server said "We have wonderful white anchovies." I like anchovies, but these were flavorless, just like the salad dressing itself. I then had the ravioli special that was a ravioli filled with spinach and cheese, topped with a butter-sage sauce. The ravioli arrived lukewarm, and the butter-sage sauce was flavorless too (maybe I shouldn't have been surprised after the Caesar salad). One of my friends had veal scallopini which was smothered in cheese and a greasy brown sauce. The cheese coating was thicker than the veal. My other friend had chicken parmigiana and the bread coating on the chicken cutlets was so odd-tasting that she asked for more tomato sauce so she could smother the cutlets. If you are looking for a bar scene, this might be the place. If you are looking for good Italian food, try just about any place on Federal Hill in Providence or Potenza's in Cranston. Basta has lost it's edge.
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