Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria (Market & Restaurant)What a joy to discover that the neighborhood has a new and exceptional restaurant a mere 7 minute walk away. Donna Lennard's Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, located next to it's sister restaurant Il Buco, at 53 Great Jones Street just off the Bowery, is a real treasure of fabulous food and appealingly rustic Italian ambiance. What a rare treat to find every dish I've tasted, creatively and lovingly prepared (from the house made salumi, to the exquisite pastry) and just what it should be in the best of all possible culinary worlds. Even the cappuccino (which I so often find disappointing in restaurants) was perfection. Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria boasts a stellar crew which includes Executive Chef Justin Smillie who served as Chef de Cuisine at Jonathan Waxman's Barbuto; Pastry Chef Keren Weiner, formerly Pastry Sous Chef at Gramercy Tavern, and Chanterelle; Baker Kamel Saci from Bordeaux, who prepares the restaurant and market's outstanding long-fermentation breads, all made with organic flour; General Manager Luca Pasquinelli, formerly the Wine Director at Mario Batali's Babbo, and Manager Daniel Freeman who chefed at the famed L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon at the Four Season's Hotel. Is it any wonder that the food is so extraordinary! Here are some details and photos of my recent delights:
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On my second visit, I ordered the porchetta sandwich with substantial bits of crunchy skin, on buns that had been rolled in ground oats before baking to form a deliciously crisp crust, but also loved my friend's honeyed moist crunchy rabbit. And who do you suppose came in and happened to be seated at the table right next to mine but Georgio Delucca of Dean and Delucca fame. I hadn't seen him in many years so it was a delight to get to chat briefly with this old friend who had so significantly changed the way New Yorkers and then much of the rest of the country eat with his innovative store Dean and DeLucca. And if anyone knows where the food's going to be great it's Georgio, which lessened the surprise of finding him at Il Buco A & V. I intend to return soon to try the soft shell crab sandwich while they are still in season. Il Buco Vineria is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Alimentari (market) offers it's house-cured salumi, artisan bread, house-made pasta, gelato, and numerous specialty food items imported from Italy.