A Food Pilgrimage to Umbria with the Owner of New York's Legendary il Buco
"There are a few reasons Il Buco has been on every New Yorker’s short list for the past 23 years: Eating there feels like going to a dinner party in the antique-filled, candlelit home of an eccentric Italian aristocrat. It’s celebrity-studded but devoid of any “scene.” And they serve the kind of simple Mediterranean dishes—grilled fish, handmade pasta, warm fruit tarts with fresh ricotta—that depend upon the absolute best ingredients.
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Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria’s Head Baker, Sheena Otto, featured in La Cucina Italiana
"During her time at Il Buco, Otto has developed their bread program to incorporate a slow fermentation process and specialty flours, including one from Sicily. In addition to Il Buco’s classic breads like ciabatta, focaccia fino, and filone, Otto added breads like a naturally fermented buckwheat and a bourbon raisin fennel bread. But Italian breads are still at the root of Il Buco’s bread program, and Otto’s bread wizardry has ensured the restaurant, market, and café serve some of the best bread in New York City."
il Buco at Mostrador Marram in the Wall Street Journal
We are open in Montauk for a season, taking over the restaurant space of Donna's lifelong friends Fernando Trocca & Martin Pittaluga who will be staying in Santa Teresita this summer. With Chef Justin Smillie at the helm, Donna brings her passion for relaxed and unstudied fine dining to il Buco at Mostrador Marram, offering abundant counter service of savory meats, local seafood, local vegetables, and housemade bread and pastries from il Buco Alimentari.
From the Wall Street Journal:
"What is particularly remarkable is how the restaurants have established operations in the East End so quickly, signing lease deals or working out other arrangements just weeks ago.
'It was totally crazy. It was just like, ‘Let’s do this,’ said Donna Lennard, owner of Il Buco and Il Buco Alimentari, who formed a partnership with the Marram hotel in Montauk to bring her Italian-influenced dining concept there this summer. Ms. Lennard said she didn’t even start talking with the property about the idea until late May."
You can read the full article here. See you on the beach!
Photo Credit: Paul Brissman
Welcoming Chef Justin Smillie back to il Buco Alimentari!
il Buco Alimentari is reopening for pick up and delivery, with an emphasis on our market and Executive Chef Justin Smillie at the helm. Donna is thrilled to be collaborating once again with Justin and adapting the Alimentari model to continue serving the needs of the community.
"At Alimentari, Smillie isn’t looking to reinvent the menu, as many chefs do when they take over a kitchen. Instead, he’ll continue to serve the spit-roasted, peppercorn-rubbed short ribs and bucatini cacio e pepe that put the place on the map." Read the full piece from Kate Krader on Bloomberg here.