March 11, 2013

Buca Osteria & Enoteca

I'm not kidding when I say that I've been dying to go to Buca for awhile. But every time I make a reservation, something always comes up to thwart my plans! Finally, I got a chance to try Buca during my last (ever) reading week.
The restaurant itself is a little hard to locate because it's tucked in an alleyway across the street from Wvrst. We managed to get a 5:30 pm reservation on a Sunday (it was either that or after 9), so if you want a better time slot, you better book at least two weeks in advance.
The menu is updated daily and not available online.
Buca does not offer complimentary bread, but their nodini ($6)- warm bread knots with olive oil, rosemary, garlic and sea salt- are a must try! These were perfect warm pockets of garlicky goodness! I could eat them all day long.
For appetizer, we shared parmigiana di melanzane ($14)- preserved tomato and fried eggplant layered with bufala ricotta and burrata cheese. It was well-executed and I only wished that it stayed hot for longer.
The sky darkened quickly so the quality of my pictures were not so great after the appetizers. My boyfriend ordered gnocchi alla cenere ($26)- hand-rolled dumplings made from onion ash, served with fresh broccoli, pecorino and parmigiano cheese finished with fresh pregiato truffles. The gnocchi was very delicate, just the way I like it, and the truffles and cheese made for a heavenly rich combination- too rich for Jeremy, actually. We ended up trading plates (though quite unwillingly on my part).
I opted for Buca's famous bigoli ($19)- hand-cranked duck egg pasta with duck leg, offal ragu, venetian spices, mascarpone and basil. The ragu had a great depth of flavour and thought it was superbly delicious, though not as rich as the gnocchi. I had read reviews that complained about the portion of this dish, but I found size perfectly adequate. Even though I liked the gnocchi, I was sad to give up my plate.
For dessert, we had tiramisu di Buca ($12)- espresso soaked house-made biscuits, layered with mascarpone and chocolate mousse. For me, the chocolate was too overpowering and I wasn't a big fan of it. Dessert aside, I really enjoyed the food at Buca, and I was sad that we didn't try any of their famous pizza. The prices are a bit too high for my liking, but I wouldn't mind an occasional indulgence. One strange thing was that our server kept speaking Italian to us (but he did repeat the statements in English afterwards), which confused me in our exchange. That said, I didn't find the behaviour snobby or pretentious, but just a little odd.
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  1. Parmigiana di melanzane looks amazing! K, the gnocchi alla cenere looks good too.



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