Bucato | 99 Essential Restaurants 2015


photo by Anne Fishbein

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. His focaccia will teach you the wonders of buoyancy in bread; his pastas will transport you directly from Culver City to Sicily. In the mood for warming ragu? Funke has you covered, offering versions made from hen, duck and pork, each with its own mellow pleasures and perfect pasta accompaniment. The patio seating, which looks out over the Helms Bakery promenade, is one of the most convivial spots to lunch or brunch in town (for the latter, do not miss the porchetta hash), and the wine list is a true delight.—Besha Rodell