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Pasta E Basta

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26 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002-2328
+1 413-256-3550
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Wilmington, Delaware
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We had wanted to try this restaurant. We typically do not go to Italian restaurants, as we make this food at home. My first impression of walking in was that it was very casual with just a few tables. I thought this was the restaurant, but it was for take-out orders and casual dining with no waitress. We were escorted... More 

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38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I am greatly hesitant to post this as I fear that it will be even harder to get a table! :-) While visiting my son at UMASS Amherst we decided to try this place. Two words: Loved it! The food is well made and very tasty. The service was fantastic and wonderfully attentive and helpful. The ambiance is charming and... More 

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Thank CoachBrez
Tacoma, Washington
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

The restaurant's first floor has a great counter at the front window where you can sit, eat, have a beer and watch most of Amherst walk or drive by in front of you. The pizza was GREAT

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Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

Two other places recommended on Trip Advisor had long waits, even though it was a Wednesday in mid July. Walked around a bit and tripped on this small restaurant with a large menu. Three floors of dining, informal order at the counter downstairs, and sit-down service upstairs. Same menu for both. We ordered from the counter and hot, plentiful, and... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

We stopped in for a late lunch and was very glad we did. Pizza was our choice, it was delicious. Service was very good.

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Thank jerri b
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

Visited during dinner and was seated right away. This may have been becasue the "Taste of Amherst" was going on in the Commons accross the street. The food was fine - the olive oil dipping plate for the focaccia had LOTS of raw garlic. We both had chicken dishes that were cooked perfectly. They were very accomodating of a food... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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186 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

This is a nice, little, affordable, college town kind of restaurant with basic, hearty Italian dishes. I had a nice plate of spaghetti and meatballs and some nice red sangria. It's right at the center of town, which makes it convenient too all local hotels. It's also right up the street from the Emily Dickinson Home and Museum, so it's... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

My husband and me have been in Pasta E Basta several times because we love the pasta there. You can combine your ingredients and sauces and that is wonderful, the restaurant is well decorated, so it makes for a nice lunch or dinner, service is very good. I recommend this restaurant because is one of our favorite in Amherst.

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Littleton, Colorado
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54 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

Went here before graduation at Umass and really enjoyed it. There's a downstairs, which is sort of an order at the counter, eat at the tables kinda fast casual experience, but we chose the upstairs which is more of a sitdown-style restaurant. Service was good, but food was excellent and a great value. Portions are enormous and pasta was cooked... More 

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Swampscott, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

Tried this highly rated, reasonably priced restaurant for dinner with family while nieces were visiting UMASS, and was not disappointed! Food was very good (lots of choices too), prices more than fair (even a bottle of decent Chardonnay) and the service (a UMASS sophomore) was extremely friendly and helpful. All six of us enjoyed our meals, and PS: the portions... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 17
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 26 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002-2328
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Hampshire County  >  Amherst
  • Phone Number: +1 413-256-3550

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?