IL BUCO CELEBRATES ITS 20th ANNIVERSARY FROM SEPTEMBER 15-21
Sidewalk PIG ROAST with il Buco’s Joel Hough and Argentine Chef Francis Mallmann on Sept. 21
A Week of SPECIAL DINNERS Featuring Francis Mallmann and il Buco’s Chef Alumni including Jody Williams, Sara Jenkins, Ignacio Mattos, Christopher Lee, and Justin Smillie
We are thrilled to announce that il Buco, Donna Lennard’s beloved, rustic Italian restaurant on Bond Street, will celebrate its 20th anniversary. In commemoration, the restaurant will host its outdoor Sagra del Maiale (festival of the pig) on September 21 led by il Buco’s Chef Joel Hough and famed Argentine Chef Francis Mallmann. The week prior from September 15-21, il Buco will welcome back its acclaimed chef alumni for a series of special dinners, featuring Jody Williams (Buvette), Sara Jenkins (Porsena), Ignacio Mattos (Estela), Christopher Lee (Chez Panisse, Eccolo), and Justin Smillie (il Buco Alimentari e Vineria), as well as guest chef Francis Mallmann (1884 Restaurante, Patagonia Sur). Details on all events below.
The milestone marks il Buco’s history as a pioneer for the New York City dining scene and its enduring relevance today. Opened in 1994, the restaurant began as an antiques store where shoppers often joined Donna and her Italian partner Alberto for pranzo prepared in their tiny back kitchen. The food became such a draw that the shop evolved into a full-fledged restaurant, serving Mediterranean plates dedicated to local ingredients, designed to share, with a wine list made up of small boutique producers. A forerunner in the dining industry and now a New York City institution, il Buco has been home to an outstanding and renowned roster of chefs. Twenty years later, it is still one of New York's most esteemed restaurants, renowned by food lovers all over the world. The restaurant, the first on Bond Street, introduced New Yorkers to many culinary experiences that are the norm in dining today: small plates; a daily changing menu of simply prepared, ingredient-focused Italian cooking; a commitment to food sourced from small farms and purveyors; a store/restaurant; unique, rustic, “mismatched” design; house-made salumi and bread; private label products like olive oil, salt, and vinegar; and even a newly-debuted home design line (il Buco Vita). The restaurant has been a second home for countless regulars including renowned chefs, artists and actors, designers, and food lovers of all kinds.
In 2011, Donna opened her second restaurant, il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, which received three stars from The New York Times and has become a favorite dining destination in NYC. Two years later, after many requests from guests looking to bring a taste of il Buco Alimentari’s ambiance and aesthetic into their homes, Donna launched il Buco Vita, a home design line featuring ceramics, glassware, textiles, and more, created exclusively for the restaurant. Donna’s passion for simple, flavorful cooking, beautiful design, and “la dolce vita” has been an inspiration to her guests, her team, and the restaurant industry at large.
Il Buco's " Sagra del Maiale" Outdoor Pig Roast & Francis Mallmann Dinner
In celebration of il Buco’s anniversary, the beloved Pig Roast will be held on Sunday, September 21. il Buco’s Pig Roast, a tradition that originated with the restaurant’s 10-year anniversary, has been on hiatus since Donna opened her new market/restaurant il Buco Alimentari e Vineria on paralleling Great Jones Street. On Sunday, September 21 from 1 to 6pm, friends, family, and neighbors will gather once again on the cobblestone sidewalk outside il Buco for the feast, while Chef Joel Hough and Argentine “Fire Chef” Francis Mallmann head the roast. Chefs from il Buco’s storied past will also be in attendance including Ignacio Mattos, Thierry Amezcua, Justin Smillie, and others.
Plates will include Flying Pigs Farm’s pork slow-roasted on an infiernillo, porchetta panini, and house-made apple-pork sausages alongside farmers’ market panzanella and pasta Genovese, and finally, ricotta fritters. Tickets are available in advance through Brown Paper Tickets here, and advance prices are as follows: $32/plate incl. wine or beer, and for kids 12 and under, $12/plate including beverage. If purchased on site day of, prices are: $25/plate with beverage sold separately (wine $9, beer $7, bottomless soda/tea $3), and for kids, $12/plate with drink ($3) sold separately.
Additionally, guests will have the first look at Chef Mallmann’s new book Mallmann On Fire (to be released September 23), and signed copies will be available to purchase for $38 each. Sunday’s festivities will continue into the evening for a seated prix fixe dinner with Chef Mallmann beginning at 8pm.
A Week of Special Dinners Featuring il Buco Chef's Alumni
During the week prior to the anniversary, il Buco has invited noted alumni back into the kitchen to prepare special prix fixe menus in the evenings with Chef Joel Hough. The line-up is as follows:
- Monday, September 15 – Jody Williams
- Tuesday, September 16 – Sara Jenkins Menu
- Wednesday, September 17 – Justin Smillie Menu
- Thursday, September 18 – Roger Martinez & Joel Hough Menu
- Friday, September 19 – Christopher Lee Menu
- Saturday, September 20 – Ignacio Mattos Menu
- Sunday, September 20 - Francis Mallmann @ 8pm Menu
The dinners, beginning at 7:30pm, will also include an aperitivo hour including wine and cicchetti from 6 to 7pm, for which separate tickets are being offered. Reservations for both are required and can be made by calling il Buco directly at 212.533.1932.Prices are as follows: $50/aperitivo hour only; $150/dinner + aperitivo hour; $125/dinner only, plus an additional $50 for wine pairings.