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Pizzeria Basta

Map & Directions 3601 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO 80303
  • Pizza
  • Mon - Thu 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Fri 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Sat - Sun 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Catering, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Accepted
  • Lot Available


Westword's Description

Pizzaiolo Kelly Whitaker learned how to make pizza in Italy, then brought that knowledge to Boulder, where he opened Pizzeria Basta and proceeded to show everyone how good a gourmet pie can be. He makes his dough using a fifty-year-old starter kit 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 — all of which are noble endeavors. 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 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.”

Merchant's Description

Basta, which means "enough" in Italian, represents the philosophy of our restaurant. We believe that simple, properly prepared food and a good bottle of wine are all you need for a satisfying meal.

The wood fire oven is our centerpiece. We utilize it to impart unique flavor to the components of our dishes. Basta’s food is the culmination of the talents and passions of many. The people and products that make up Basta are the lifeline of the restaurant. “We meet everyone we purchase from. We believe it is important to know and understand the philosophy behind the product

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Tips from foursquare

  • Denver Westword on 04/11/11

    Voted Best Pizza in Westword's Best of Denver 2011!

  • DenverPost on 08/12/11

    Traditional authentic Italian pizza joint, but the strive for authenticity leaves mixed results with the pizzas. Try the "Daisy" pizza. Mains $7-$32; pizza $10-$15; apps $6-$16. "See more for review":

  • Leith S. on 03/21/13

    Get a jug wine. Wine is always better by the jug!

  • Eater on 01/28/13

    Basta is a wood fired eatery that dishes out a variety of items from handmade pastas and Neapolitan pizzas to oysters and hearty dishes like short ribs cooked sous vide. [Eater 38 Member]

  • Colin L. on 07/12/11

    Ask for Jordan, tell him you want "The Motorboating Special," and prepare for a wild ride!

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