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Porthos Dec 15, 2013 11:25 PM

Unfortunately this place is excellent. Unfortunate because the reservation policy makes it tough to plan dinner here.

The pastas and appetizers were outstanding. Very focused in their simplicity.

-fried squash blossoms. The blossom portions were perfectly crispy, stuffed with goat cheese. The zucchini part was sweet and even tastier.

-dungeness crab and avocado crostata. As good as it sounds.

-scallop and uni crudo. So pristine and fresh, it makes me wonder why sushi restaurants can't serve sushi on Sundays if Bucato can put out raw scallop and uni this good on a Sunday.

-spaghetti chitarra cacio e pepe. Delicious

-tagliatelle with ragu bianco. Delicious-est!

-paparadelle with lamb ragu. Delicious.

*really like the texture and flavor of the fresh pasta here. I think I still like the uni spaghetti at Bestia the best, but that tagliatelle with ragu bianco may be a solid number 2.

-grilled shrimp with chimichurri

-desserts were okay. Fried spherical food filled with quince jam dusted with sugar and spice.

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    TailbackU Dec 17, 2013 07:21 AM

    Lots of early reports about portions being far too small. I guess they fixed that because these look like some healthy portions.

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    1. re: TailbackU
      Porthos Dec 17, 2013 07:27 AM

      Pasta portions were on the smaller side (think appetizer not entree portion) but understandable since this is fresh pasta and high quality stuff.

      1. re: Porthos
        steve h. Dec 17, 2013 07:49 AM

        When it comes to pasta, a smaller portion size is better in my opinion.

        Quality pasta, accessible wine selection, the potential for outdoor dining: only a churl could cavil.

        This place is in my wheelhouse.

    2. ipsedixit Dec 16, 2013 02:27 AM

      No pictures of the bread??

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      1. re: ipsedixit
        Porthos Dec 16, 2013 02:41 AM

        Didn't order bread. More room for pasta.

      2. i
        ilysla Dec 16, 2013 02:20 AM

        The crostata looks and sounds heavenly.... ::sigh::

        BTW, were the shrimp really as big as they look in the photo or were they served on a tiny plate?

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        1. re: ilysla
          Porthos Dec 16, 2013 02:42 AM

          Crostata was excellent and the prawns were indeed huge.

        2. steve h. Dec 16, 2013 02:16 AM

          That's a great looking meal.

          How were the wines?

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          1. re: steve h.
            Porthos Dec 16, 2013 02:49 AM

            Steve, food was delicious.

            The wine list was well chosen with many affordable selections. No premium stuff but enough good choices one can easily find something nice to pair with dinner.

            1. re: Porthos
              steve h. Dec 16, 2013 03:02 AM


              It sounds like a place I need to visit.

              Thanks for the report.

          2. l
            linus Dec 16, 2013 12:34 AM

            any idea what was in the ragu bianco? never read that name before.


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            1. re: linus
              Servorg Dec 16, 2013 12:42 AM


              1. re: Servorg
                Porthos Dec 16, 2013 01:50 AM

                There were no breadcrumbs or fennel in last night's version.

                1. re: Porthos
                  Servorg Dec 16, 2013 01:54 AM

                  Which means that it's going to be a crap shoot as to preparation any night of the week...and probably true of every dish they make.

                  1. re: Servorg
                    Porthos Dec 16, 2013 02:04 AM

                    Your link was to pasta with ragu bianco topped with breadcrumbs and fennel.

                    Last night was just straight up ragu bianco. Since linus asked what was in ragu bianco it was important to point out that ragu bianco isn't made with breadcrumbs and fennel as your link might suggest. It would be like someone asking what was on a margherita pizza and you linked it to a picture of a magherita pizza topped with salumi and funghi.

                    The menu does change very frequently.

                    1. re: Porthos
                      Servorg Dec 16, 2013 02:09 AM

                      And when and if linus goes it may well be bread crumbs and fennel (and why they don't link online menus according to the Bucato website) because the preparation/selections change too frequently to give anyone an idea of what they will get on any given night.

              2. re: linus
                Porthos Dec 16, 2013 01:04 AM

                The meat is pork and I believe it is cooked in white wine and stock instead of any tomato based sauce (like bolognese without the tomatoes or milk). Topped with cheese. I didn't see any visible carrots or celery though even though online recipes for ragu bianco list them.

                1. re: Porthos
                  linus Dec 16, 2013 02:20 AM

                  thanks for the info.

                  and lads, it's not worth fighting over lil' ol me.

                  1. re: linus
                    Porthos Dec 16, 2013 02:43 AM

                    Aww, you're worth fighting for buddy!

                    Hope you get a chance to go.

              3. JAB Dec 15, 2013 10:47 PM

                Wow, you really weren't done with the weekend's feasting!

                1. TheOffalo Dec 15, 2013 05:29 PM

                  So you were out on the patio then? That seems to be the best place to take surreptitious photos.

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                  1. re: TheOffalo
                    Porthos Dec 16, 2013 01:05 AM

                    Didn't even know they had a no photo policy. No one said anything.

                    Lighting outside was indeed excellent and perfect last night.

                    1. re: TheOffalo
                      Ciao Bob Dec 16, 2013 02:31 AM

                      I think they have moved from No Phones/Photo's Allowed to something less Draconian.

                      1. re: Ciao Bob
                        ipsedixit Dec 16, 2013 02:33 AM

                        They now allow "FoodCuts"


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