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Bucato

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Italian Restaurant$$$$
McManus, Culver City
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  • felicia
    feliciaAugust 31, 2015
    pasta dishes were delicious
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyApril 24, 2015
    What to eat? Any of the pasta dishes. Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyApril 24, 2015
    The space is simple yet lovely: comfortable seats, attractive flame space heaters, a glassed-in view of Helms. It also helps that the food, particularly the pastas, are stunningly delicious. Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyApril 24, 2015
    The Helms Bakery Complex has a pleasing wide vintage-main-street feel, and no spot is better than the front patio of Bucato to watch over this Culver City landmark. Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 27, 2015
    Bucato's brunch is like a breakfast you'd make at home, but taken up about five notches. Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 27, 2015
    The wonderful pesto Genovese is used at brunch for Bucato's take on green eggs & ham 2 sunnyside eggs on house-made English muffins with a pile of delicately piggy prosciutto & a smattering of arugula Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 27, 2015
    At brunch, chef Evan Funke presents some of the same dishes from the dinner menu, and some of them he tweaks just slightly to make them more brunchy. Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 18, 2015
    On our LA Weekly list of the 99 Essential Restaurants of 2015. Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 18, 2015
    The patio seating, which looks out over the Helms Bakery promenade, is one of the most convivial spots to lunch or brunch in town, and the wine list is a true delight Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 18, 2015
    In the mood for warming ragu? Chef Funke has you covered, offering versions made from hen, duck and pork, each with its own mellow pleasures and perfect pasta accompaniment. Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 18, 2015
    Chef Evan Funke’s Bucato remains a must-visit for those of us passionate about the things Italian cooks manage to do with flour and water. Read more
  • Jess K.
    Jess KonoMarch 6, 2015
    Get the shrimp ceviche!
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyOctober 9, 2014
    Named Best Affogato Los Angeles 2014 in our 2014 Best of LA issue! Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyOctober 1, 2014
    Funke’s affogato is a work of art: a demitasse filled with a single scoop of Nocino gelato, made in-house on Funke’s PacoJet with Nocino, a walnut liqueur from Emilia-Romagna. Read more
  • felicia
    feliciaSeptember 10, 2014
    squash blossoms, fried cauliflower, orecchiette, maccheroni di busa, crispy polenta & lamb chop. AMAZING.
  • Alon
    AlonAugust 24, 2014
    Everything
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BoneAugust 13, 2014
    It's not on the menu, but the kitchen makes a killer vegan pasta option!
  • Chuck R.
    Chuck ReoAugust 9, 2014
    Cacio e Pepe Cavatelli Duck Ragu
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyAugust 4, 2014
    Braised meats play a major roll in many of the dishes, and several mellow, soothing ragus appear each night - —perhaps lamb over fat yellow pappardelle, perhaps tight rolls of strascinati with duck. Read more
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesAugust 3, 2014
    Chef Evan Funke brings the Italian countryside — and great pasta — to Culver City. Read more
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesAugust 3, 2014
    Cacio e pepe may be both the simplest and most difficult pasta in the Italian repertoire, and from it you can learn almost everything about a cook. Read more
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesAugust 3, 2014
    Recommended dishes: Tigelle with beaten lardo; cacio e pepe, fried squash blossoms; corzetti with walnut pesto; macaroni di busa with ragù bianco; fried cauliflower; Dungeness crab crostino. Read more
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesAugust 3, 2014
    Bucato is a great place to stop into for a glass of Vermentino and a snack of fried squash blossoms stuffed with goat ricotta. Read more
  • Jenna F.
    Jenna FainJuly 24, 2014
    Delish. You can't go wrong with anything here, but the focaccia, white prawns, and polenta are especially amazing.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 8, 2014
    A wood-burning oven churns out small meat and veggie-centered plates, but don't try and snag a photo. The use of cell phones inside the restaurant is "politely discouraged." [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • R W.
    R WilliamsApril 6, 2014
    Can be slow paced for kids they don't like phones being used.
  • R W.
    R WilliamsApril 6, 2014
    Weekend brunch is simple and fresh don't be afraid to try anything. Outdoor dining includes blankets on cool nights on request to go with the heaters. They do offer simple pasta dish for the kiddos.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 3, 2014
    The macaroni di busa is a signature item that involves noodles carefully wrapped around thin sticks to make a unique, Sardinian pasta tossed with a meaty ragu. Read more
  • Setra M.
    Setra MusicMarch 20, 2014
    Great food but pay attention because they brought out the wrong thing twice during one meal.
  • Christopher H.
    Christopher HartJanuary 27, 2014
    Food is amazing and staff was great. Joshua was awesome in suggesting menu combinations.
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesDecember 6, 2013
    "Start with freshly fried doughnuts with a heart of warm, melting Nutella or dreamy toast heaped with avocado smashed with olive oil." Read more
  • Es
    EsNovember 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Call to make sure they have what you want. Menu changes nightly and tonight there was no vegetarian pastas. But a great uni dish if you love uni.
  • Alexander S.
    Alexander SchroederNovember 14, 2013
    It's seasonal dining never know what you're going to get. We had a combination of sausage pasta, polenta mushrooms sunny side egg, prawns and a crab avocado crostini.
  • Hau T.
    Hau TranOctober 26, 2013
    If you can't order much, get the handmade pasta, porchetta and zeppole.
  • Es
    EsSeptember 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Order anything! The tomato, buratta and panzanella - omg. The pasta all handmade. Spaghetti w black pepper amazing. Wine decent. Great vibe and active. Great al fresco dining. I'll be back.
  • Bryan W.
    Bryan WAugust 26, 2013
    Gnochetti with Pesto best pasta by far. Annoyed by the selective enforcement of the "no cell phone" policy. Next time I won't check in on Foursquare and tell people about your establishment - jerks!
  • Emily V.
    Emily Van NordenAugust 23, 2013
    amazing food. gnocchetti and fried artichoke are awesome and polenta and mushroom was a show stopper. a little douchey that they 'don't allow' cell phones (try and stop me) but worth the annoyance!
  • Zach D.
    Zach DavidAugust 11, 2013
    Incredible but expensive pasta dishes
  • Moll-E
    Moll-EAugust 2, 2013
    Don't skip on the focaccia. It's to die for.
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