Basta

3601 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO 80303
303-997-8775
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  • Monday through Sunday 5:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • $, $$
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Local ingredients, Wheelchair accessible, Catering, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted, Online Reservations Available
When chef Kelly Whitaker plotted Basta eight years back, he envisioned a wood-fired pizzeria flavored with the Italian passion for using nearby ingredients. So he went to local purveyors for flour and tomatoes instead of importing ingredients from overseas, and gave anglicized names to his Napolitano pies. Those pies quickly garnered a following, even if Basta was exasperatingly difficult to find (it’s nestled in the inner courtyard of a Boulder apartment complex). Today people still come for those pizzas — now built on crusts made from local heritage grains — as well as whole fishes and half chickens, wood-fired vegetables, exemplary small bites and lasagna that must be ordered two days in advance. Pair your meal with something from the Italian-heavy wine list, end it with an amaro or grappa, and don’t ignore the coffee, which Whitaker takes very seriously, or the ice cream, the base of which is toasted in the oven before it’s frozen into dessert.

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