3601 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO 80303
Critics' Pick
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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
Chef/owner Kelly Whitaker learned how to make pizza in Italy, then brought that knowledge to Boulder, where he opened Basta and proceeded to show everyone how good a gourmet pie can be. He makes his dough using a fifty-year-old starter from Naples, sources as many ingredients as he can from local suppliers, farmers and vendors, pickles his own vegetables, crafts his own mozzarella and ricotta, cures his own pancetta, and makes his own sausage. But Whitaker really displays his skills when he puts everything together: His slightly misshapen crusts, properly salted and scorched in all the right spots, are surfaced with a remarkably fresh tomato sauce and tidbits of inspired meats and vegetables. But pizza isn't the only thing Whitaker cooks in his wood-burning: a selection of seasonal and rustic small plates -- all kissed with smoke -- and a few larger plates focus on simplicity and the ingredients at hand. And he also recognizes that it’s not all about cooking: “Hospitality is about serving people – not yourself,” he says. “If you don’t like serving people, then you shouldn’t be cooking.”

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