Basta

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Basta
561 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G11 6HU
  • Telephone 0141 339 8698
  • Food served Tue–Sun noon–late. Closed Mon.
  • Website www.bastapizza.com
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Socially conscious Partick pizza bar mixing quality Italian ingredients with local produce for their range of tempting toppings, accompanied by top tunes.

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This small, neighbourhood diner constantly overflows with the Partick faithful, as a steady stream of students, families and a fair few dogs wolf down authentic Poselli flour-based pizzas to a boisterous Grandmaster Flash soundtrack. Ingredients come both imported from Italian artisans and courtesy of the local Sandy Road Community Garden and co-owner Eleanor’s own city allotment. Start with a build-your-own Basta plate from the likes of manchego, prosciutto and spinach at a pound a pop or melting wee ham and cheese croquetas dipped in creamy pesto washed down with a stellar house Negroni or Glasgow’s own Brewgooder lager. Pizzas make the most of rarely seen toppings such as an unctuous ricotta cream, the star of the outrageously rib-sticking house special alongside roast potato, smoked pancetta and taleggio, while those focused on cleaner eating will fall on the No 2 with artichokes, peppers and olives. Desserts are fairly perfunctory – your choice of cheesecake or chocolate brownie – but you really go to Basta to kickstart your Glasgow night out with some of the best gallus comfort food the city has to offer.

The List's rating
8

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Ruth Marsh visited Basta on 5 March 2019
  • High point: Bustling community vibe and terrific friendly welcome
  • Low point: It’s out on a limb a bit
  • Notable dish: Ricotta cream, pancetta, potato and taleggio special pizza
  • Average price: £11 (lunch); £11 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Basta's Spotify playlist
  • Capacity: 20
  • Largest group: 12
  • Open since: 2017
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £16 per bottle

Reviews & features

Best Italian restaurants in Glasgow

29 May 2019

The tastiest pasta, pizza and more authentic Italian food in Glasgow

Italian was once the only option for a night out and the city's reliable family restaurants are good crowd-pleasers for inter-generational occasions. Pizzas, however, like burgers a few years ago, have now spiralled off on their own and the city now has…

Best pizza in Glasgow

22 May 2018

Glasgow Friends, here's where to load up on carbs

Pizza will always be our friend. Whether you need nothing more than a margherita or are all about loading up the base with all the toppings, Glasgow has a number of Italian restaurants and cafés to serve all of your pizza needs.