After a mighty heat wave and a brief rain delay, the Yelp Boston Elite Squad was finally able to set foot on the gorgeous downtown oasis that is the BiNA Osteria patio. A light breeze kept everyone cool in the space nestled between The Ritz-Carlton and The Paramount, as we ate, drank and mingled al fresco.
The evening began with a very special tasting tour for a few lucky Elites and their guests at BiNA alimentari, the specialty gourmet market just next door. Salumi and cheese made its way around the room, along with sips of rosé, as co-proprietor Babek Bina chatted with guests about the story behind BiNA and the delicious accoutrements available in the market.
Outside and in the sunshine, Elites were treated to hearty servings of black squid ink risotto, bites of pizzettas with speck and gorgonzola, scallops with mixed vegetables and bacon powder and roasted Belgian endives topped with mascarpone, crispy panetta and black olives. To compliment the creativity of the BiNA kitchen, the bar concocted a fabulous Aperol Spritzer, a sparking sunset-colored cocktail, along with a crisp white wine and bottles of Narragansett! Needless to say, palettes were pleased, taste buds tantalized and appetites sated.
With summer weather officially in full swing, the patio was peppered with Boston's most social people, sipping super-refreshing cocktails and nibbling on a sampling of BiNA's modern-Italian menu. Conversations carried over the crowd as the sun began to set behind the buildings of Boston. On a Tuesday night in June, what more could you ask for?
For making it all a memorable night, a big thank you to Babek Bina and Azita Bina-Seibel, and their wonderful staff, for welcoming us, feeding us and entertaining us all night. And a big congratulations to Ian W and David R for winning the raffle and scoring a pair of tickets each to Taste of Beacon Hill, courtesy of The Beacon Hill Business Association.
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