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Daily Scoop: Gelato and Sorbetto at Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

When we last checked in on Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria's gelato, we said of it: "We found ourselves reminded of Meredith Kurtzmann's gelato at Otto, and that is the very highest gelato compliment we can give." But that was about it. So we were overdue for a full report. I'll give it to you straight: this stuff is legit. Top gelato in the city? That depends on your tastes. Top 10? Definitely. Top 5? Probably. More

Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria: An Ingredient-Driven Italian Restaurant That's A Cut Above

Did New York need another ingredient-driven Italian restaurant, where the base elements are so good the food practically cooks itself? We didn't think so, until we had a killer meal at Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, the salumeria-trattoria spin-off of its slightly more formal sister restaurant Il Buco. The real question is: where do you start? More

Good Bread: Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria

With his burly physique, shaved head, and cauliflower ears, Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria's head baker looks like the wrong kind of guy you'd want to meet down a back alley in Bordeaux. And you'd be right: as a youth in France, Kamel Saci was a professional judo champion. But in his basement bakery, a completely different side to his personality comes out. For Kamel, dough is not an opponent to be beaten into submission; it responds best to a minimum of handling, the gentler the better. The results show his techniques work. Il Buco's ovens produce some of the crustiest and most flavorsome artisan loaves in the city. More

Pig Appetizer before The Big 'Cue Fest

In pig eating training for the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, I ordered the porchetta panino at Il Buco at lunch yesterday. Just unbelievably deliciouso! Succulent, oh so tasty, and supremely porky. Tomorrow the Block Party begins. The weather looks... More

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