About Basta

Located in the heart of New Haven’s Chapel Street shopping and entertainment district, just across from Yale Old Campus, steps away from the British Art Museum and the Yale Art Gallery, Basta offers an intimate dining experience.

Chef Eduardo Pena began his professional culinary pursuit under the mentorship of Frank Criscuolo, the founder of our cherished trattoria. Twelve years later, Chef Eduardo took ownership of Basta’s sweet little place, along with Nino Ribeiro, who runs the front of the house and facilitates every detail for private parties and celebrations for every occasion.  

Basta’s exquisite traditional Italian cuisine with a modern twist, favors fresh locally produced ingredients and sustainable foods from the region. Basta has been recognized with numerous praises over the years, including Connecticut Magazine’s “Best Of” award for the ever-famous meatballs.

All of the food at Basta Trattoria is cooked fresh to order. We do take freshness very seriously -this takes longer, but we promise that you’ll notice the difference.

Basta seats up to 35 guests in the cozy, intimate dining room. We welcome private events and will soon be providing off-site catering.

Dinner is served 7 days a week and lunches on Saturdays and Sundays.  Soon, we’ll be announcing an exciting after-theater menu of assorted Basta tapas, desserts, wines, coffees and cappuccinos.

We look forward to you joining us and supporting our mission of bringing delicious, Italian foods and wines to this sweet little place. We hope you’ll enjoy it and want to come back often. Grazie Mille.

Basta's History

Basta Trattoria opened on December 31, 2004. Our founder, Frank Criscuolo dreamed of Basta for decades, wanting to run a sweet little Italian trattoria just like the ones he and Claire visited in Amalfi, Atrani, Ravello, Capri, and Vietri Italy. A little restaurant using only the finest, freshest sustainable ingredients, so fresh that a freezer would not be necessary. This dream became a reality the day Claire phoned Frank to let him know about a vacant space at 1006 Chapel Street in New Haven. At first Frank was concerned about the size, "It's so small" but Claire assured him that "it is enough." Every concern was turned around by the word "enough" which is why when it came time to name the restaurant, Claire asked Frank "How do you say 'enough' in Italian?"