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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:

Focaccia
Arancini
Cauliflower
Crispy Polenta
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
Orecchiette w/Sausage

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.

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    maudies5 RE: a213b Apr 6, 2014 04:33 PM

    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.

    1. westsidegal RE: a213b Apr 6, 2014 05:51 PM

      and the total tab for three people was. . . .?

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        BacoMan RE: westsidegal Apr 6, 2014 06:02 PM

        Estimating by past prices, it probably cost ~$200 (including tax and tip). Seems about right in my experiences there. $60-$70/person.

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          a213b RE: BacoMan Apr 7, 2014 08:15 AM

          I don't have the receipt in front of me, but think Baco's pretty spot-on: ~ $210

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            ilysla RE: a213b Apr 7, 2014 11:31 AM

            Did your party have alcohol? If so, that's not a bad price, given how good the food seems to be (I've not been myself)....

            Edit: never mind, just noticed the wine reference in your post.

      2. ipsedixit RE: a213b Apr 6, 2014 06:23 PM

        Totally with you.

        Just wish it was closer/more convenient for me.

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          Dirtywextraolives RE: a213b Apr 6, 2014 06:30 PM

          Does it still have that absurd reservation policy?

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            maudies5 RE: Dirtywextraolives Apr 6, 2014 07:52 PM

            Still has that reservation policy. So aggravating, particularly since I know someone who was able to circumvent that policy.

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              Porthos RE: maudies5 Apr 6, 2014 08:55 PM

              Only thing sillier than the reservation policy is the no photo policy.

              The ragu bianco sure is delicious though.

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                ipsedixit RE: Porthos Apr 6, 2014 08:59 PM

                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.

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                  maudies5 RE: ipsedixit Apr 6, 2014 09:15 PM

                  Telling customers that they not make reservations even one day in advance is hardly analogous to a no ketchup policy.

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                    ipsedixit RE: maudies5 Apr 6, 2014 09:26 PM

                    Depends on how much you like ketchup, I suppose.

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                    Porthos RE: ipsedixit Apr 6, 2014 10:42 PM

                    Silly because have you seen the yelp photos?

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                  BacoMan RE: maudies5 Apr 7, 2014 12:33 AM

                  Who was able to and how?

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                    a213b RE: BacoMan Apr 7, 2014 08:21 AM

                    I'm sure this isn't quite Momo Ko in its early days ... I'd bet there are "Friends of the House" who may book in advance.

                    Though, to be fair, I have absolutely zero evidence of this.

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                  revets2 RE: Dirtywextraolives Apr 6, 2014 11:27 PM

                  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.

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                    a213b RE: Dirtywextraolives Apr 7, 2014 08:18 AM

                    Yes, though - for me - it's really not that difficult. Called at 9:30, left a message as directed, and heard back within the hour that we were all set.

                    I can understand why it irritates/infuriates others , though.

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                    TailbackU RE: a213b Apr 7, 2014 10:07 AM

                    I can't imagine how anyone would be underwhelmed by Bestia. It's borderline perfection.

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                      a213b RE: TailbackU Apr 7, 2014 03:48 PM

                      Well, now you don't have to imagine.

                      I never said it's not good ... but over the four times I've been - though I've certainly enjoyed it - I haven't found it remotely near "borderline perfection".

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                        BacoMan RE: a213b Apr 7, 2014 05:43 PM

                        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.

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                          revets2 RE: BacoMan Apr 8, 2014 07:13 PM

                          +1

                    2. a213b RE: a213b May 23, 2014 02:49 PM

                      Went back and had yet another fantastic meal.

                      Still cannot bring myself to move past the pastas and into the mains ... one day, one day.

                      Aside from the usual highlights, we also tried the Squash Blossoms, which were fantastic. Perfectly fried, light and crispy, and not greasy at all.

                      We also had the meatballs, which while tasty have probably been the item I've enjoyed the least.

                      Still, all in all another fantastic meal.

                      I was also told that they plan on covering the front patio. I'm curious to see if this will impact their reservations process, as the website chalks the "same day only" current system up to the vagaries of weather.

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                        OutshinedLA RE: a213b May 26, 2014 09:34 AM

                        Try the roast chicken. It is wonderful!

                        We're going today for the burger. I kind of wish they had some of their other menu available too but just the burger.

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                        paranoidgarliclover RE: a213b about 11 hours ago

                        Finally got a chance to try this place last night (had been having a hard wk, so decided to treat myself + partner). Everything was FANTASTIC. Plin bread was marvelous, orechiette and pappardelle were delicious, as was the fried cauliflower (although my partner found it a bit too oily for his taste). The crispy polenta was good, but I don't know if I'd feel the need to order it again unless I were in a big group (it's quite heavy and slathered in a [tasty] sauce). I was expecting a "dried" preparation.

                        Damage (incl glass of wine) was ~$80 (incl tax but not tip). Polite and efficient service. Totally worth it for the quality of the food.

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