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Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

53 Great Jones St. (Bowery) Send to Phone
Well-executed, simple Italian cuisine in a market-cum-restaurant in NoHo.
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Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria Restaurant Review

: Il Buco, which houses a restaurant in back and a food shop up front, quietly opened its doors to little fanfare. But once word got out that this was no ordinary Italian restaurant, the place became perpetually packed. The interesting thing is this: it actually is an ordinary Italian restaurant. And by that we mean what every eatery of its ilk should be: one that offers simple cuisine with ingredients that steal the show. The rustic, clichéd décor allows you to focus squarely on the food. Start with the grilled octopus, crunchy on the outside and tender --- almost gooey --- on the inside, or the Parmesan-laced Umbrian chickpea soup. The authentic quality of the cacio e pepe, with thick bucatini noodles, a classic Roman dish, is hard to find anywhere this side of the Tiber River. Peppercorn-encrusted spare ribs are a carnivore’s delight, especially when paired with something robust from the all-Italian wine list (the house wine carafes, by the way, are the best deal). Dessert might not matter after all the feasting, but those inclined will find variations on the theme of gelato and the usual Italian sweets on offer.

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Il Buco Alimentari
by memzo on Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:06 pm
 
This was disappointing in almost every respect. We were taken to a table and seated on hard metal chairs that looked like they were borrowed from an institution - about as uncomfortable as could be. The restaurant was crowded and loud, populated primarily by a young set that obviously doesn't mind shouting their conversation across the table. Service was s-l-o-w. Two of us ordered the Branzino (fish) entree and two of us ordered the short ribs - their specialty. The fish was OK, but the ribs were fatty, with a lot of chewy gristle that was quite unpleasant and not much meat to speak of. We had to wave down one of the staff to order dessert, which arrived quite a while later missing two pieces of chocolate cake. With the food we had only a single glass of Nebiolo and two glasses of prosecco. The bill came to $340+, or $400 with tip. Frankly, if this is a standard experience at Il Buco, I fail to appreciate its popularity and would certainly not be a repeat diner.
 
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