Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, a neighborhood Italian spot that earned three stars from the Times  

SSPNY checks out Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, a neighborhood Italian spot that earned three stars from the Times

Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria is a neighborhood joint located near SSPNY's Elizabeth Street buildings!

SSPNY checks out Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, a neighborhood Italian spot that earned three stars from the Times 

What sort of neighborhood has a local Italian place--open all day, not outrageously priced (though admittedly not cheap), lively and welcoming--that's also one of the best restaurants in the city? Well, if you live in SSPNY's Elizabeth Street buildings, the answer would be YOUR sort of neighborhood. Because just a few blocks away on cobblestoned Great Jones Street sits the excellent Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, Donna Lennard's glorious Italian sandwich shop/grocery/bakery/wine bar/trattoria/three-star restaurant. If you live nearby, and have a bit of money is your pocket, you'll want to eat some sort of something here about once a week. 

 SSPNY had a great time at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria. Good food, good wine, and good company!

I went to Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria (Lennard's Il Buco proper is a block away, on Bond Street) for a lovely late-night dinner right before Christmas, and, as is the case on nights such as these, was reminded how much I love this city. The crowd is always pretty sparkly here, and the place is packed with locals, destination eaters from far-flung NYC precincts, as well as plenty of Euro-tourists. It's a good mix, and people tend to be in a good mood from all the wine. And, of course, from Chef Justin Smillie's superb food.

SSPNY loved the fresh pasta at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, especially the orecchiette with sausage and parmesan!

You can't really go wrong with the Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria menu. We loved our starters, which included Crispy (and salty, and lemony) Artichokes, and especially Smillie's sweetbreads, seared to perfection--charred to caramelization on the outside, meltingly tender within--and placed upon a schmear of intense apricot "jam" with bits of crunchy Spanish corn-nuts scattered about. One of the best dishes I ate all year. The pastas were no let down, either, neither the excellent Orecchiette with crumbled sausage and parmesan shavings, nor the thick Bucatini Cacio e Pepe, a first-rate version of this cheese-and-peppercorn classic. I'd get both again in a heartbeat... except that there's so many other good things here, it's better to have some sort rotation system going.  

 SSPNY will definitely be coming back for the Bucatini Cacio e pepe!

Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria is located on Great Jones Street between Bowery and Lafayette, and is open every day for breakfast, lunch (weekdays), brunch (on weekends) and dinner. More information and complete Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria menus can be found here.  

SSPNY loved the relaxing ambiance at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria

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