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May 2, 2009 06:21 AM

Thoughts on Bina Osteria?

I've searched posts and it looks like the general consensus is positive, but many reviews were focused on restaurant week. Has anyone been there lately? Any don't-miss dishes? It's one of the few places that seems to have availability during peak times --maybe a result of the high price point? I know I should be happy that it's not difficult to get into,but I'm wondering if perhaps it's not all it's cracked up to be? Would love to hear some hounds' perspectives --4 of us are supposed to head there tonight.

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    1. Agree with Slim's comments in the other posting - room can feel cold and is VERY loud when things get swinging. With four of you (assuming you want to be able to converse with the other 3) I would ask for a window or a corner if you can get it.
      As for the food, I would say don't miss the cured meats, which the chef does in-house, the "spaghetti alla carbonara" is pretty amazing, and I also had a pasta dish about a month ago with three different color baby beets as the sauce - must have been a special, as it's not on their menu now... Personally, the desserts didn't do much for me; too foamy, too 'interesting'. Stick with the cheese to finish, as they do a good job with the plating & accompaniments.

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      1. re: jdubboston

        will def go back if for nothing more than to try the carbonara.

        1. re: jdubboston

          the cured meats, the carbonara and the beef tartare. run don't walk. i love this place.

          plus, they serve pig butter with the bread. :)

        2. I've never been myself, but when people talk about Bina they always bring up the gnocchi. I think it's a hit dish they've got there.

          1. The gnocchi is indeed lovely (the stuff that goes with it keeps changing, currently clams and calamari) and very popular; everyone seemed to be eating it last time I was in. Boston Magazine raves about that dish in the review in the current issue.


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            1. re: MC Slim JB

              right now, if you are a morel fan, the risotto with sweetbreads and morels is outstanding. our group also thought the jonah crab appetizer with caviar was smashing and rated all the pasta dishes we tried an A+. the charcuterie is made in house and the consensus about what we did taste was very positive.

              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Yes. But Corby panned the carbonara, which I thought was lip-smacking delicious. I like the gnocchi. A great deal, actually, but I really thought the carbonara blew it away.

              2. Another rave for food - gnocchi and soups.
                Atmosphere in the room can range from very loud to tomb-like depending on the time and day.