Basile Fine Italian Kitchen is, as the name implies, fine. It has a pretty standard Italian menu (a decent ravioli masala is as adventurous as it gets) and an atmosphere that seems tailor-made for the executives who work in the Liberty Mutual headquarters across the street. That is to say, come here when you need something safe for a business meeting, but skip it if you want to have fun.
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Bukowski Tavern is a bar in Back Bay that looks like a dive but has far better beer than that.
Puro Ceviche Bar is Latin tapas place, and it’s our favorite restaurant on Newbury Street.
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Mamma Maria provides the best combination of North End atmosphere and Italian food that was actually made with a little effort.
SRV in the South End is a great Italian restaurant with plenty of room, outdoor space, and pasta.
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