2003 BEST Bar, Upscale
This Back Bay nuovo Italian restaurant is as self-consciously trendy as its downtown sister, Radius, but damned if they don’t mix a thumpingly good basil gimlet here, poured with iced Ketel One and a garnish of fresh basil leaves. It’s a sunny drink for a bar that aspires to Tuscany via Fifth Avenue. There’s cool elegance in the beige-coated bartenders at the twin bars, while the round marble tabletops are pure Mediterranean café—perfect for a social grappa. Equally elegant, although perhaps a touch more florid, is the high-end clientele, and while elbows rub through Prada sleeves and the wine list flows with beauty, the absence of smoldering MS Clubs means it will never quite smell like Italy.