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“Normally this wouldn't happen to me - pleasantly surprised!”
Review of Pasta e Basta

Pasta e Basta
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Ranked #197 of 4 556 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$23 - US$58
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, 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 4 weeks ago

We had been at a friend's house and were walking around looking for somewhere to eat and all the usual places we knew and liked were full. Wandering past Pasta e Basta my husband suggested that we go in. I have usually dismissed this restaurant as a tourist trap, but you know what? I was pleasantly surprised!

The singing was very sweet, the waiters and waitresses looked like they liked their jobs and we were very entertained. We came in just after the first sitting had begun so we were informed politely how much time we had and that we might not be able to linger over our meal, but that was fine as we were quite tired. The service was attentive, the food was good enough, the salad bar was very nice, We were comfortable, we were served well, we were entertained well. Everyone sung along with the songs and the atmosphere was congenial.

I have nothing bad to say about the restaurant at all. In fact, if I have to entertain family or guests from out of town where conversation is sometimes difficult I may well bring them here. A congenial atmosphere does wonders!

We left in a much better mood than when we entered, despite paying more for our meal that we had intended when we first set out to look for a place to have dinner.

There is nothing more positive to say than that! Bravo.

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Thank AshinAmsterdam
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MargotC476, Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Ashin, thank you so much for this amazing review and all of your kind words and compliments. Kind regards, Margot Clarke

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! This restaurant was wonderful! The food was terrific and the intimate setting was lovely. We had the gnocchi with beef, pasta marinara and cheese ravioli. All delicious. And as we ate, the wait staff sang. It was a fabulous evening!!

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Pasta B, Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Addys, thank you so much for these beautiful compliments. We hope to see you again someday at Pasta e Basta. Kind regards, Margot Clarke

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Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

Fantastic authentic Italian cuisine. Great service, polite friendly staff. Entertaining as waiters and waitresses sing classic and modern songs. They made the evening special very special as it was my birthday. Would revisit.

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MargotC476, Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

Dear Trek540739, thank you so much for this amazing review and to read that you would come back to us. Kind regards, Margot Clarke

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Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

Met up with newfound friends at Pasta e Basta for dinner and to celebrate a 78th birthday.
Menu had 2 options, a set 3 course meal, or one that we could choose 3 of 12 entrees to share. Abundant good Italian pastas and appetizers, a couple of bottles of Italian wines, and surprised with the waitresses serenading us through the evening from opera to songs from the 40’s and later. Most enjoyable evening!

Thank Connie S
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MargotC476, Manager at Pasta e Basta, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

Dear Connie, thank you so much for this amazing review! I am so happy that you had a good time. Hope to see you again someday at Pasta e Basta. Kind regards, Margot Clarke

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Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

We had seen a recommendation for this restaurant and it didn’t disappoint. The food especially the pasta was absolutely delicious and loved the opportunity to share dishes. The entertainment of the waiters singing was such fun. Their voices were great and all the clientele join in. Thoroughly recommend this restaurant to any visitors to Amsterdam.

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

Dear Jacalyn,

Thank you for this 5 star review and of course your kind words. We are very happy to read that you enjoyed yourselves. Hope to see you again someday!

Kind regards,

Margot Clarke

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