2/15/2012 10:54:00 AM

Open Call: Does Il Buco Alimentari Deserve Three Stars?

Il Buco Alimentari
NY Times restaurant critic Pete Wells has awarded a puzzling three stars to Il Buco Alimentari E Vineria (that name is a mouthful, right)? Having visited the joint recently, we have to say we're a bit confused by this seemingly high mark for the low-key trattoria/market. While the joint scored pretty high on food in our recent Survey, (a 26), in our opinion it's not really on the same level as other three-star eateries (Corton, Masa). In fact it seems like while doing this review Pete Wells may have just been high on chickpeas: "Is it crazy to fall for a restaurant because of a handful of chickpeas? Tumbling around with pickled currants under crunchy stalks of grilled octopus leg, these chickpeas were smaller and sweeter than usual, less starchy and grainy. Tasting one was like encountering a goldfinch if the only birds you’d ever seen were pigeons." Let us know what you think in the comments.

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