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Map & Directions 3280 Helms Ave.
Culver City, CA 90232


LA Weekly's Description

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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  • Los Angeles Times on 12/06/13

    "Start with freshly fried doughnuts with a heart of warm, melting Nutella or dreamy toast heaped with avocado smashed with olive oil."

  • Eater on 04/08/14

    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]

  • Emily V. on 08/22/13

    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!

  • Ron W. on 04/06/14

    Can be slow paced for kids they don't like phones being used.

  • Ron W. on 04/06/14

    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.

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