Classic Italian cinema, al fresco dining, picnic baskets stuffed with salumi, scoops of gelato piled high atop a crunchy cone: these are just a few of the ways BiNA osteria and BiNA alimentari are bringing the heat of summer in Italy to Boston’s very own Downtown Crossing. With its 70-seat outdoor patio, BiNA osteria celebrates the season with its inaugural Summer Series of Italian-themed nightly offerings, while BiNA alimentari continues its picnic basket program for a second summer.
BiNA osteria’s Summer Series, a three-nights-a-week program running all summer long, features outdoor film screenings, live jazz and an ice cream cart offering house-made gelatos on the patio.
Lunedi Cinema Italiano
Mondays in July & August, Films begin at dusk
Enjoy classic Italian films (with English subtitles) al fresco on the patio with selections from BiNA’s summer menu or Cinema Italiano menu, a $35 three-course prix fixe featuring entrees like Maltagliatti Pasta (chestnut pasta with sausage) or Chicken Breast with Grilled Portabella Mushrooms and Herbed Mascarpone.
Just Jazz (and a little Negroni)
Thursdays in July & August, from 6:00-8:00 pm
Pair classic Campari and Aperol cocktails with StuzziCare (starters) from Chef de Cuisine Bruno Ariel Guadagnin’s summer menu, while listening to live jazz performed by local artists in BiNA’s lounge. Cocktails start at $6 and the StuzziCare menu starts at $9 with selections like Clams with White Beans on Tuscan Bread in Tomato Broth, Tomatoes Stuffed with Classic Pesto and Pizzettas.
Saturdays in July & August, from 7:00-10:00pm
Savor la dolce vita with an evening dedicated to BiNA’s house-made gelato and ice creams. Flavors range from the traditional (chocolate, strawberry) to the exotic (fig & goat cheese walnut, chipotle cinnamon & dark chocolate) and will be offered at special 2- for-1 pricing (2 gelatos for $7) from BiNA’s gelato cart stationed on the patio.
Picnics by BiNA alimentari are another way to enjoy BiNA’s artisanal Italian cuisine al fresco this summer. Located a block from prime picnicking spots on Boston Common, BiNA alimentari offers fully-packed picnic lunches and dinners (complete with basket and blanket) featuring artisanal salumi and cheeses, seasonal produce, freshly baked bread and house-made Italian pastries, starting at $35. BiNA alimentari also offers customized picnic baskets where picnickers can choose items like house-made lasagna and roasted chicken with fresh herbs from an a la carte menu of to-go items. Guests have the option of borrowing BiNA’s baskets and blankets (with credit card imprint) or using BiNA’s signature orange bag free of charge.