942 Great Plain Avenue
Needham, MA 02492
A light-hearted Italian eatery, Sweet Basil offers diners an authentic Italian experience out in the ‘burbs. Located in Needham, the cozy restaurant features eat-in and take-out menu boasting more than thirty varieties of hand-made pastas from classics to originals like beet rigatoni or rye bread gnocchi. Whenever possible, chef-owner David Becker sources from New England farms and buys from local purveyors. Even the plates on which the food is served are made locally – by Becker himself at a nearby pottery studio.
Becker keeps things simple at the unassuming spot where it’s bring-your-own beer or wine, and cash and check-only. The restaurant doesn’t accept reservations, but guests rarely complain as their patience is often rewarded with samples from the menu.
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Chef Dave Becker is the chef and owner of Sweet Basil in Needham. He started his career as a kid growing up in the seaport town of Newburyport, Mass. He knew at this early age that a life of a chef suited his energy level perfectly.
After high school Becker moved out to Napa Valley where he honed his craft at Cindy Pawlcyn's Mustard's Grill. From there he continued his travels to the Italian Riviera at the Hotel Imperiale where he made a lot of pasta under chef Fabio Brambilla.
Coming back to Boston with a head full of ideas, Becker wanted to chef his own restaurant, and at the age of 24 his aspirations and hard work came together at Sweet Basil.
In 2007 he doubled the size of the restaurant, and authored the cookbook "Thrown Out Of An Italian Kitchen", which is a recollection of his experiences, his love for food and a fun time.