Happy Hour at Basso: A Basement Italian Gastropub Worth Retreating To

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The "Criminale."
The "Criminale."

The Verdict: The beet fusilli, a lovely shade of purple, arrives al dente, topped with a smattering of sliced steak, horseradish ricotta, fresh herbs and toasted grains for a surprising extra crunch. The interesting flavors work well together here and left us hungry for more. The eggplant caponata packed just the right punch to follow that up, a tangy, warm dish with just a bit of heat at the end served with fluffy slices of housemade bread.

Eggplant caponata.
Eggplant caponata.

To wash it all down, we chose from a list of eleven available cocktail options listed under the categories "Classico," "Originale" and "Dolce." The "Criminale" was poured with a heavy hand, a refreshing blend of bourbon, pistachio, lemon, pear and cinnamon served on the rocks.

Basso provides a quintessential warming environment to unwind in. Regardless of how the outside world's events played out during any given day, visitors need only descend down the rabbit hole for a relaxing respite complete with strong drinks and enchanting eats.

Booth with gas lamps on the walls.
Booth with gas lamps on the walls.

The Rating: On a scale of one to five...

Previously on Happy Hour Handbook: - Blue Ocean Sushi - Hwy 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen - Gringo - Jax Cafe - Mile 277 Tap & Grill - Sandrina's - Mangia Italiano - Kirkwood Station Brewing Company - Steve's Hot Dogs on the Hill

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