Recommendation

RecommendationBoulder's chefs recommend BASTA for Dinner as part of Dirt Road Travels' Boulder, Colorado city guide. They love the unique pizza, cleverly mixed drinks, and personal ambiance at 3601 Arapahoe Avenue in East Boulder.

Boulder, Colorado

BASTA

"BASTA is a battle cry to myself, reminding me to always dig in, root myself and to really do something."

Recommendations:
Arcana
Blackbelly
River and Woods

BASTA

"BASTA is a battle cry to myself, reminding me to always dig in, root myself and to really do something."

"It's about knowing your source, using the best possible ingredients, supporting the local economy, and supporting small farmers.”
Recommended by:
Hosea Rosenberg
  
Chef & Owner, Blackbelly
Recommended in:
Boulder, Colorado

Hosea's Take

"Kelly Whitaker at BASTA is doing some incredible stuff." 

Kelly Whitaker, Chef and Owner at BASTA
Kelly Whitaker, Chef/Owner at BASTA

My Story

Kelly Whitaker, Chef/Owner, BASTA

"I never set out to be a chef, and definitely not to win Chef of the Year. My background is in hospitality, and that's my true love. Cooking is just my means to serve people. 

The only thing that matters to us at BASTA are the people who walk through our door. 

Hospital, and hospitality, right? We take care of people here. That's all that we do."

Kelly Whitaker, Chef at Basta cuts fresh herbs from his garden in Boulder, Colorado

It didn't always look like BASTA would be a success. This area was empty when we moved in and we didn't have any money. We were taking a huge chance. 

But I had to make a run at it regardless.

During those early years, people would give me advice saying, 'Do this differently,' or, 'Do that.' 

I said no. I knew we had to stay true to ourselves and to our style. That's what 'Basta' means in Italian. Stop. Enough. In Spanish, it means rebellion.

BASTA is a battle cry to myself, reminding me to always dig in, root myself and to really do something. To be disciplined and to stay true."
Pasta Dough being made from scratch at Basta, in Boulder
Fresh fish being sliced for crudo, at Basta Pizzeria in Boulder
The Basta Crudo Plate. Market fresh fish, edible flowers from the garden.

My Boulder Must

"Eat at Arcana, without a doubt. I'm also good friends with Hosea and Nate at Blackbelly and would tell people to head there." 

Bread, fresh out the wood-fire oven
Piada, fresh bred from the wood-fired oven, herbs and butter
Market fresh oysters at Basta, in Boulder

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Arcana
"Eat here, without a doubt."
-105.28321619999997
40.0162479
Blackbelly
"It's about knowing your source, using the best possible ingredients, supporting the local economy, and supporting small farmers.”
-105.227396
40.0150509
River and Woods
"A community restaurant at the base of Pearl Street."
-105.26489200000003
40.020767
BASTA
"BASTA is a battle cry to myself, reminding me to always dig in, root myself and to really do something."
-105.24842280000001
40.0153301

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