il Buco Restaurant in New York City

February 23, 2011 by

il Buco is located in New York City. It is a renowned Mediterranean restaurant with the look and feel of a European country home, as natural and rustically elegant as the food, an under the radar gathering spot for designers, actors, writers, and food lovers who are inspired by great food amongst friends in comfortable surroundings.
The restaurant Gourmet magazine calls “one of the best and most exciting in America” started life in 1994 when independent filmmaker Donna Lennard and her Italian boyfriend, Alberto Avalle, opened an off-the-beaten path antique store on cobblestoned Bond Street. It was a modern day trading post dedicated to the exchange of crafts and culture between the Old World and the New. Shoppers would often join them for their midday “pranzo” prepared in their tiny back kitchen. Soon they transformed the rustic antique store into a charming enoteca with an eclectic menu – part Italian, part Spanish, part invention, dedicated to local ingredients with a wine list made up of small boutique producers.
Chef Ignacio Mattos’ kitchen reflects his commitment to the simplicity of prime ingredients, highlighting them with intense full flavors – a philosophy first instilled in his Italian grandmother’s kitchen in Santa Lucia, Uruguay. Now in his third year at il Buco, the 29 year old Chef was introduced to Donna by her dear friend, the celebrated Argentine Chef Francis Mallmann. As Chef Mallmann’s protégé over the years, Ignacio earned his stars throughout South America, with stages in Spain, Italy and at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California before landing on the East Coast. At il Buco he and Donna share a vision to bring together the best ingredients available at the market in simple flavorful combinations.
The il Buco culinary philosophy is firmly rooted in the Italian tradition of seasonality and the integrity of prime materials. They spend an enormous amount of time sourcing ingredients and derive great pleasure in working with their producers to bring the best product to your table.
All of the meat and poultry comes from local farms and is raised naturally without the use of hormones or antibiotics. Likewise, the produce is grown using sustainable farming practices, without the use of pesticides or herbicides. il Buco’s water runs through a Dual-Flow water carbon filtration system that removes any impurity. The cuisine is inspired by mother Italy as well as the Iberian Peninsula.
What they can’t find locally, Alberto sources in Italy through a network of family and friends developed over the course of a lifetime. Umbrian extra virgin olive oil, vinegars from Montegibbio di Modena, and exquisite salt from the coast of Sicily form the foundation of il Buco’s namesake product line, il Buco Alimentare.

il Buco
47 Bond Street, New York

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