3280 Helms Ave.
Culver City, CA 90232
Critics' Pick
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Photo: Anne Fishbein Orecchiette with sausage ragu at Bucato


  • Mon.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun.-Thu., 5-10:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-11::30 p.m.
  • Full bar
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining
  • Valet Parking
  • Reservations Recommended
Braised meats play a major role in many dishes here, 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 roughly translates as "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 Read our review of Bucato.

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