Il Buco Alimentari quietly opened on Great Jones Street earlier this summer as the takeout and market sister to il Buco one block south on Bond Street. At il Buco Alimentari you only need to take two steps in before you run into the gelato counter. One flavors per cup, though they'll put two if you ask nicely. Whatever you do, do not miss the Pistachio here—it's more salty that most gelaterias and indisputably pure in flavor, down to the grey-green shade of the gelato. Texture-wise, expect a silky but very dense concoction, expertly packed into the cup with a paddle. Pair with either Salty Caramel, more smoky than sweet, or a satisfying Olive Oil gelato. Keep your eyes peeled for Chocolate-Chili gelato and Pear sorbet. They rotate flavors daily, eight different choices at any given time.
On the left side, further into the market, is a counter full of pastries. Indulge in a thick slice of Olive Oil Cake, tall and generously sliced to order, olive oil fully soaked into the dense, even crumb. Barely sweet, it's perhaps the most savory version in town. I wish they would do toppings or mix-ins with the gelato (could you imagine a cup of olive oil gelato with toasted little cubes of olive oil cake? I'd be there every single day). A Ricotta-Almond loaf is no slouch either. With deep brown and nutty edges, the slice is impeccably moist and dotted in roughly chopped toasted almond pieces. Breakfast, afternoon snack, or dessert, these sweet-savory loaves can do triple duty. There's so much more to explore here; we'll be back soon.
il Buco Alimentari
53 Great Jones Street, New York NY 10012 (map)
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan writes A Passion For Food, where she chronicles her eats and travels adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.