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

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      1. re: westsidegal

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

        1. re: BacoMan

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

          1. re: a213b

            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. Totally with you.

        Just wish it was closer/more convenient for me.

        1. Does it still have that absurd reservation policy?

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          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

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

            1. re: maudies5

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

              The ragu bianco sure is delicious though.

              1. re: Porthos

                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.

                1. re: ipsedixit

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

                  1. re: maudies5

                    Depends on how much you like ketchup, I suppose.

                  2. re: ipsedixit

                    Silly because have you seen the yelp photos?

                  1. re: BacoMan

                    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.

                2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  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.

                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    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.

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

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                    1. re: TailbackU

                      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".

                      1. re: a213b

                        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.