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Posted by chowhound on 08/29/2006
This is a must for anyone who needs to have a I'm back in Italy feeling. The shrimp and scallops my wife and I had were perfect. The service was impeccable and not overbearing as someplaces it can be. The olive oil samplings reminded me of Greve in Tuscany. You won't be able to resist bringing home a bottle. Our favourite was the unripened green olive oil. Been a week and it's already gone. The most authentic and romantic Italian restaurant in the city and I have lived here for 50 years. And the wine list forgettaboutit so mant great choices. Chowhound on patrol.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/31/2006
Nice atmoshpere but everything else was only average. Food was okay but the portions are very small and too expensive for what you get. Waitress was pouring wine every time you took a sip -- kind of felt like she was forcing that second and third bottle on you to increase the tip. Many better Italian restaurants in downtown Manhattan.
Posted by Laura on 07/24/2006
I researched italian restaurants for my boyfriends birthday dinner for at least 3 weeks and I finally narrowed my choice down to Il Buco and couldn't be happier with my decision. The staff put us at a private table to make it more romantic and they offered to put a candle on his dessert when I made the reservation - they were so accommodating. We got a nice bottle of wine, 2 appetizers (squash blossoms - so good), steak and rissotto, 2 desserts and cappuccino's for less than $200- it wasn't as expensive as you'd think. The atmosphere is ideal - you feel as though you're in a small family owned, trattoria on a side street in Rome. It would be fun to come back here with more people or to engage in some communal seating but it was also perfectly romantic for our special night.
Posted by Mike on 07/19/2006
This is another restaurant jewel in the city of NY. As soon as you enter the place, you are thrown back to Italy 100 years ago. The decor is amazing. We had pasta and fish - both are to die for. I have been twice now and every time the food was remarkable. The perfect place to have a romantic dinner.
Posted by Local JR on 07/14/2006
In a neighborhood with a lot of Italian, this one stands out. Wine and food were both supurb. We had a reservation, and we seated at a less than ideal table in the back. This would normally annoy us, but we had some great wine and a great bartender. After 20 minutes, we sat down to our table, and it was worth the wait. Our table was perfect for our dinner for 2. We started with stuffed squash blossoms. My girlfriend then got the short ribs, while I got the pig special. FANTASTIC. When you choose to eat Italian in the E. Village, you're asking for loud, crowded, and overpriced. This place, however, raised the bar, and gave us a new Italian destination that is not only unique, but also uses the highest quality ingredients.
Posted by Tiga on 03/29/2006
Hard to find but well worth it when you do! Excellent food, wine, desserts. It felt very homey and comfy on a cold night. The food reminded me of my old home in Croatia and my family's kitchen.... Service impeccable; staff friendly, caring, professional. I didn't care to share a table with someone but once we met the other couple, it was actually a nice change.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/20/2006
Our party sat downstairs in a charming wine cellar and meat storage pantry. The waiter was extremely knowlegeable about the menu and guided us pefectly through the entire evening . We were also not rushed even though it was a very busy night. The food was nothing spectacular although very good- we tried every entree and the roasted pig was by far the best. The tapas were barely large enough to be split four ways but were very enjoyable. The wine list is extensive and very reasonably priced and desert was strange but excellent. You must try the balsalmic-topped cream and fried ricotta. Overall the meal was pricey but well worth the superb atmosphere and service. A great place to take a date who is not very picky about food.