Basso: An Upscale, Playful and Casual Italian Gastropub Nestled in The Cheshire

 In City Guide, St Louis

The bar—really more of a sculpture made from metal and reclaimed barn wood—immediately draws the eye of customers when they descend the curved staircase into the basement of The Cheshire. The hotel complex offers several dining options, but this is arguably the most fun, especially at happy hour, when the 150 seats (40 of them around that massive bar) fill with a convivial crowd. Some come for the 32 beers on tap, some for the sports and others for the menu from The Cheshire’s culinary team, which also oversees the upstairs fine dining restaurant, Boundary.

Basso’s Italian gastropub theme means there’s plenty of pasta on the menu, and the team ensures that it’s not just a plate of noodles. The tortellini are filled with chicken and prosciutto; the spaghetti sauce is flecked with pork jowl; the gnocchi are light and delicate in their pesto sauce. Even the happy hour bar snacks (shishito peppers, meatballs, truffle fries) have a decided Italian flair.

In keeping with the theme, the wines are Italian, too—approachable varieties one might sit around drinking all evening with friends, without breaking the bank. The beers, on the other hand, are nearly all from the middle of America, with a heavy focus on craft brews, but nonetheless perfect for washing down a wood-fired pizza.

7036 Clayton Ave.
314.932.7820

Basso: An Upscale, Playful and Casual Italian Gastropub Nestled in The Cheshire

While you’re in the neighborhood…

Sasha’s Wine Bar
For a first date, after-work drinks, girls’ night out or solo glass of wine with dinner, Sasha’s ambiance fits the bill.

706 DeMun Ave.
314.863.7274

The Fox & Hounds Tavern
Relax in a pub where the décor, the food and the Scotch whisky all fuel the fantasy of spending a snug evening in England.

6300 Clayton Road
314.647.7300

The Boathouse
Grab a classic American lunch, dinner or weekend brunch at the waterside restaurant, then explore the lake by human-powered watercraft.

6101 Government Drive
314.366.1555

Images courtesy of Carmen Troesser.

This story originally appeared in Guided: DeMun + Forest Park, available now at these locations and in a digital edition.

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