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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