3280 Helms Ave.
Culver City, CA 90232
Critics' Pick
Best Of
Bucato +

Photo: Anne Fishbein Orecchiette with sausage ragu at Bucato


  • Mon-Thur 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. - 11:30 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • Full bar
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining
  • Valet Parking
  • Reservations Recommended
Braised meats play a major roll in many of Chef Funke's dishes, and several mellow, soothing ragus appear each night — perhaps lamb over fat yellow pappardelle, perhaps tight rolls of strascinati with supple, juicy duck. Aside from pasta and bread, Bucato's menu features sputini, which translates approximately to "snacks," as well as vegetables, seafood and meat. Each of these sections holds its own pleasures: a delicate, lemony Dungeness crab crostino topped with lardo; a refined chicken cacciatore with its wild mushroom, herb and tomato components pulled apart and served artfully on the plate under a very good, woodfire-roasted bird; a live scallop crudo with a pert green-olive topping. —Besha Rodell

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