Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

Top choice italian in SoHo & Chinatown

Our Review

Whether it's espresso at the front bar, something from the deli or long-and-lazy Italian feasting in the sunken dining room, Il Buco's trendier spin-off delivers the goods. Brickwork and giant industrial lamps set a hip-n-rustic tone, echoed in the menu. Great for just dessert and coffee, too. Its olive-oil cake with rhubarb and strawberries is divine ($11).

Whet the appetite with crunchy casareccio bread, linger over beautiful pasta dishes and ponder the adage 'less is more' over mains such as ocean trout ($34) roasted on a cedar plank.