An Italian spot in Chinatown? An upscale modern Italian restaurant crammed between neon sign takeout joints? We wouldn’t believe it either if we hadn’t seen it for ourselves.
Bina Osteria, one half of the restaurant/shop combo along with takeout spot Bina Alimentari, does so many things right, it can be hard to know where to start. Always on the lookout for a solid brunch option, we’re thrilled to see they’ve paired their lunch and brunch times to serve brunch…every. single. day. They keep the kitchen open til midnight every day, too. Have you died and gone to some sort of Mediterranean heaven yet? We’re pretty sure we have.
But the osteria isn’t just good because they are open. Lots of stuff is open all the time, and this place is no 7-Eleven. Our personal favorites from the Bina cooks are any of their pastas with lobster (especially the gnocchi). Their cappelli with beets is a vegetarian’s new best friend, and the desserts are enormous. Add wine from their expert wine director to the mix—he may greet you at the door—and you’re on your way to a food coma that rivals any you could induce in the North End.
On your way out, stop into the alimentari to grab some cheese and wine.