Il Buco is a palace of grace: simple flair, flavors, and smiles.
From its humble beginnings to the highest praise, the complex web that creates the success of a restaurant depends on profound loyalty of patrons who return again and again to feel the pulse and thoughts of a leader who guides a talented team with a conviction that goes beyond the boundaries of menus, suppliers, and decor.
Undoubtedly Donna Lennard has been in command of this temple, creating a home of savor at the doorstep of Bond Street in New York City. The street has since become a town of friends, grounded by embracing joy and abundance of this twenty-five-year-old restaurant and its glorious food.
This book holds the succulent substance of il Buco's history, which has always been guided by Donna's acute intuition. Through these pages, we travel around the Mediterranean, from the vineyards of Umbria to the salt flats of Sicily, visiting the farmers, artisans, and winemakers in their element. And then we return to Bond Street, stories and recipes in hand, to celebrate life and everything possible at the melting edge of sizzling pans and the heart of Italy.
- FRANCIS MALLMANN