Last year Donna Lennard, owner of New York’s world-famous two restaurants il Buco and il Buco Alimentari & Vineria located in Noho, announced the opening of their third restaurant, Bottega il Buco in Ibiza. Situated in Santa Gertrudis, the restaurant has been open for just over a year and already is proving to be one of the game-changing restaurant experiences in Ibiza for those in the know. Bottega il Buco provides a gastronomic experience unique to the island, and is designed to take you on an unforgettable journey of authentic culinary discovery. The NYC/Italian dining concept is based on a curated selection of simple but beautifully prepared food, using the highest quality ingredients from local artisan producers, alongside individually sourced products from Italy.
The daily menu includes wooden sharing boards of salami, cheese and anchovies accompanied by delicious freshly baked focaccia using ancient Triticum Durum whole grains from Sicily. Dishes are pared with some of the best boutique biodynamic and organic wines in Europe from small producers in Spain, Italy and Portugal, hand-picked by Wine Director Roberto Paris, who has shaped the brand’s wine vision for over twenty years in the USA. The kitchen is spearheaded by prodigy Executive Chef Tiago Borgeswho trained under star luminary chefs such as Mark Neilson from Denmark and Juniper Hill’s Josh DeChellis from the USA. On the menu choose from fish ceviche and crudo, oven-roasted garden vegetables, salads, and a daily hot entree from the oven such as a bacala or vegetable lasagne. For dessert there are Italian fruit and nut cakes as well as the signature il Buco classic panna cotta with aged balsamic. The menu is adapted according to season but is inspired by simple, local and seasonal ingredients.
As well as booking a table at il Buco for lunch or dinner, you can also pop in to buy the best groceries on the island. One side of the restaurant’s interior is dedicated to the ‘Alimentari’, featuring delicious charcuterie, cheeses, cured and smoked fish and pickles from Italy, Spain and Portugal. The walls are lined with wooden shelves filled with olive oils, salts and balsamic vinegars and colourful tins of anchovies and sardines. You can purchase everything by weight to take home. Or indulge in some irresistible fresh foccacia baked with a variety of delicious toppings for the ultimate beach picnic. Bottega can arrange catering orders and design private events and you can book the whole restaurant for a celebration or private dinner.
The Il Buco Story
The il Buco story began 25 years ago in NYC on cobblestoned Bond Street in 1994, when Donna Lennard and Alberto Avalle opened an antique shop, which quickly morphed into one of the most enchanting restaurant destinations in NYC. As visitors started to join Donna and Alberto for lunch in the back of the shop, the store organically transformed into a charming Mediterranean-Italian restaurant. Today, il Buco is one of the most beloved restaurants in NYC, with a host of celebrity fans including Bradley Cooper, Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lawrence.