- a213b Apr 6, 2014 04:01 PM
I looked around for an older thread to add on to, but couldn't really find anything dedicated solely to Bucato. Well … to be fair I didn't come close to over-exerting myself in the search, so apologies if there has been a recent report.
Went for the first time last night; will certainly not be the last. Between three of us we had:
All 5 pastas (currently posted menu seems to be accurate), thus:
Strascinati w/Ragu Bianco
Cavatelli w/Duck Ragu
Stringozzi Cacio e Pepe
Pappardelle w/Lamb Shoulder
And finished with Medjool Date cake
(Also had a bottle of the Verdicchio)
After being slightly underwhelmed with both Bestia and Factory Kitchen (just given all the hype), I was really prepared to be let down again. Though a chef friend at a local CH favorite assured me we would be happy.
Holy smokes! This place is fantastic. Not since Sotto have I been so impressed with a new Italian spot. We all loved it … everything.
Every. Single. Bite.
If you haven't been; go.
I love Bucato. I think I would follow Evan Funke anywhere. That Orecchiette with sausage blew me away as did the Cavatelli with Duck Ragu. Porchetta was to die for. Ditto, stuffed squash blossoms. Agree with you." Every. Single.Bite." The service is also very welcoming and efficient. This is a great restaurant.
Not sure why those are "silly" policies.
Inconvenient for some, perhaps, but not silly.
There are legit business reasons for both the reservation and photo policy.
You (and many others) may not like it but very few things in the world make everyone happy.
After all, no more silly than the ketchup policy at Father's Office or the substitution policy at Dai Ho, for example.
I wonder if it has to do with the fact that most of their seating isn't covered for rain.
Recently had my first brunch there and surprised how empty it was especially compared to Dijonnaise across the way, maybe for the same reason - no coverage for sun.
I really like the fact that eating at Bucato on a Friday or Saturday night is often not unlike eating there any other day of the week, perhaps because of the reservation policy.
I'm starting to see the beauty in the absurdity.
Yeah. I've eaten at Bestia a number of times. When they first opened I knew they would be very popular, and most likely around to stay.
However, that's in large part due to the crowd that was going, and the atmosphere they constructed.
The food has always been quite good, but "perfection"? Haven't found it. Maybe I haven't had the right dishes.
On the other hand, Bestia is God's own restaurant in comparison to the Factory Kitchen.
But Bucato, to me, has been a transcendent experience every time I've been. I only had one dish I thought was just ok (the pesto pasta). Everything else has been basically mind-blowingly excellent.