Basil Leaf Cafe is not just another Italian sub or pizza shoppe, nor am I a reviewer who gives more than three stars easily. Never mind the gas station, this is a first-class dining establishment. Yes, you order from the counter, and no, there are no candles. This is about the food, and not about the atmosphere. If you want atmosphere, then go to Bambino's or an Olive Garden, or maybe someplace in NYC. If you want a world-class authentic gourmet Italian dining experience, then visit Lawrence's best kept secret: The Basil Leaf.