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“Singing e basta!!”
Review of Pasta e Basta

Pasta e Basta
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Ranked #197 of 4 550 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$23 - US$58
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Description: Pasta e Basta restaurant nearly opposite the Rijksmuseum has a name that simply doesn’t do it justice. It means ‘pasta full stop’ but really should trumpet the singing accomplishments and mad party atmosphere that the waiters and waitresses deliver. The dining room is splendid, with scarlet-covered chairs, flouncy wall sconces, dramatic drapes and fine art, while the bar area is more modern but just as operatic. The wait staff really truly can sing, everything from pop, jazz and musical to grand opera, and they get the joint jumping. The long tables attract hens and big groups and the small cosy niches and bar are right for more intimate numbers, and it is just one fantastic evening. The menu is Italian, incorporating excellently-sourced meat, fish and veg. Anti pasti is served buffet-style from a chilled grand piano. They offer two shared dining menus with options for everyone. Children are more than welcome at Pasta e Basta and we can comply to all diets and allergies. Don't miss it
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

I was craving pasta so my husband surprised me and booked a table at 9PM. We’ve been living in Amsterdam for a few years now, tried all Ron Blauw restaurants (some better than others), so we were excited to try this fun concept “tuned” by him. Restaurant is nice and well decorated, there is even a pianist during the whole evening which makes the experience more enjoyable. Staff and service are good. Entertainment along the dinner was a nice touch and make the place lively. There is no a la carte menu so you can only choose between two sets menu (38 & 49). Since we were not that hungry we went for the 38€ one: Anti pasti buffet (on the piano) and a selection of three different pasta dishes. The food was a disaster. Anti pasti buffet was average, with groups of people waiting and lining up to help themselves. People using their hands to pick the food, licking their fingers?! A whole club med buffet experience gone wrong. Then we got served the pasta. We barely touched any of the three dishes. Two of them were drowning in oil, uneatable. The last one was so dry and tasteless that we wondered if there were not leftovers. Now, we could have complained but we didn’t. We just wanted to leave the place and forget about this experience. Bill was 100€ +. Quite a rip off when you haven’t touched the food. Nice staff/service/show but food was terrible . We wont go back and won’t recommend that place.

Thank ricobund
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Pasta B, Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2018

Dear Ricobund,

I saw your review also on our website. I have tried to contact you straight away, but unfortunately haven't been able to yet. Did you receive our e-mail? We would love to talk about what went wrong. Thank you again.

Kind regards,

Margot Clarke

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Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

We were very lucky to be recommended this place, great food, great service & amazing entertainment. Just one of those ‘WOW’ moments that everyone should experience. Fabulous!!

Thank ChrisCity
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Pasta B, Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2018

Dear ChrisCity,

Thank you so much for this great review. We are very happy that you had a good time and that you enjoyed our concept. We do hope to see you again in the future. Kind regards, Margot Clarke

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Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

This to restaurant has a wonderful happy atmosphere great food and the singing is very professional. Good value. Well worth a visit

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Pasta B, Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2018

Dear Beccy,

Thank you so much for this great review and of course the 5 stars! So happy to read that you had a great time. We do hope that you will visit us again, next time you are around. Kind regards, Margot Clarke

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Reviewed 13 August 2018

I always like to do something a little different for one of our meals on holiday and this fit the bill perfectly. I booked about 3 weeks in advance to make sure I got a decent time to fit our schedule and the place was full by about 8.00pm.

I always like a restaurant where you step down into it and the windows just show peoples feet walking past, no idea why and no idea why I mentioned it here. We arrived at 7.00pm expecting to be the first there but the place was already half full.

We sat and ordered our drinks and the entertainment began with staff getting up and singing every 15 minutes or so, a great range of performances and musical styles along with a live piano performance.

The menu options were fair and we opted for the 35 euro per person option giving us 3 past dishes to spare and followed that with a dessert. The meal including 2 cocktails came to just over 100 euro but we got a memorable experience for it.

Would definitely recommend this place if (obviously) you like pasta.

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Pasta B, Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Dear Stevie, Thank you for this great review. We are very happy to read that you had such a good time. You are right, it is very important to book in advance, but if you do, we do try to give you the best Pasta experience possible. Thank you again for all the compliments. These beautiful reviews make our day. Kind regards, Margot Clarke

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Reviewed 6 August 2018

We loved this restaurant. Not only was the food outstanding, but the talent was fantastic. A nice surprise as we did not know that we would be entertained during our "family-style" meal.

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Thank maryb26
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Pasta B, Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Dear Mary, thank you so much for this great review and for the compliments. This is exactly what we try to achieve; the family style type meal with good quality food and entertainment. I really do hope to see you again in our restaurant! Kind regards, Margot Clarke

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