(Photo by Noe DeWitt courtesy of Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria)It's no exaggeration to say that Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria is the kind of place I moved back to New York City for. At once buzzy and authentic, simple yet sophisticated, the restaurant and its on-site food market capture downtown Manhattan at its finest: the ineffable sense that, at any given time, something truly wonderful may happen to you. And the salt-baked branzino isn't half-bad, either.
(Photo courtesy of Il Buco)Above, a look at the wine cellar of the original Il Buco restaurant, which began its life as an antiques store that would serve casual midday meals out of its little kitchen. Rustic tables, handcrafted ceramics, good wine, and a nourishing, Mediterranean-influenced menu make this Bond Street spot a beloved institution. Diners would often leave with a purchase of part of the decor.
(Photo courtesy of Il Buco Vita)Now the best part: this September, owner Donna Lennard is launching a home design collection called Il Buco Vita that will evoke the restaurants' distinctive look and feel. Crafted primarily by artisans in central and southern Italy, the collection includes dishes, tiles, handblown glass, wrought-iron accessories, and more.
(Photos courtesy of Il Buco Vita)From 11 am to 5 pm next Tuesday, June 25th, through Thursday, June 27th, a preview sale of the products will be open to the public. The sale will take place at Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria at 53 Great Jones Street—if you go, I highly recommend stopping at the front counter for a scoop of the cherry gelato. Until that next trip to Tuscany in my future, a Tuscan textile will have to do.