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“Great Dining & Inventive Dishes” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Il Buco

Il Buco
2o rampa Marina Piccola, 5, 80067 Sorrento, Italy
081.878.23.54
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Ranked #17 of 223 restaurants in Sorrento
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Memphis
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Dining & Inventive Dishes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Il Buco never disappoints in delivering a fantastic meal and dining experience. Not only are the ingredients the absolute freshest but the presentation of the plates are gorgeous-almost to the point you don't want to delve in...yes I took a photo of my scallops. What I'm most intrigued by is the combination of ingredients, the tuna tartare was diced to perfection and paired with green apple, another dish of calamari with whipped potato and mushrooms- not your usual amalgamation but delicious. My companions ordered a mousse dessert made with local Baba' and white chocolate-I'm not even a dessert person but wow, another pleasant surprise! Great creations from the chefs and a great wine list.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dartford, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Not just any old hole!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Il Buco (The Hole) has to be one of the best for location, service, food, everything. We had already eaten at one top Sorrento restaurant, but this took it all to another level. We sat downstairs 'in the hole'; a domed underground eating area that my poor description does no favours, sitting beneath a cobbled stone ceiling was a new experience in dining but the whole atmosphere of the place was stunning - it felt luxurious, and it was.
The layout and distance between tables was very good and gave you plenty of your own space that contributed to the intimacy of the place. The staff were very professional and friendly, and very knowledgeable about the food and drinks (the wine list is a story in itself, enormous scope and depth of wines to choose from; I had a sagrantino - difficult to get back home - it was superb) on offer.
An appetiser preceded the starters and it had a lovely intense flavour to go with the champagne aperitif. The starters were amazing; I had buffalo mozzarella in four ways (it tasted great), and my wife had a layered vegetable mousse (in the colours of the Italian flag) that she immensely enjoyed. The main meals of fish of the day, and lamb were truly amazing, once again the taste was superb; all of this was followed by desserts that continued in the same vein.
Il Buco is far from cheap, but worth every euro because we had a great night at a magnificent Sorrento restaurant - booked a table and enjoy a really memorable meal (you will bore friends and family for ages talking about this place).

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“One of the best dinners we had in Italy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

This restaurant was strongly recommended by friends from home and we were not disappointed. As others have said, impeccable service and interesting, tasteful food. Interior in the cellar of a former monastery, is very attractive. After being seated and looking through the extensive menu, the Chef came to our table to help us with our order. We decided to go with the "Trust me" tasting menu with wine pairings and each dish seemed better than the last. Finished with the soufflé. Portions are small, but we much prefer that. Probably not the right place for someone looking for a huge chunk of steak, but if you enjoy well prepared food where every bite is a new taste, this is hard to beat.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Outstanding Dining Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I ate here during our honeymoon. We were overwhelmed by how outstanding the service and food were. We relied on our waiter to make recommendations and he did a wonderful job. My husband enjoyed the Chef's Selection and I enjoyed various courses, with one being more delicious than the last. The service was impeccable and was a completely enjoyable and memorable dining experience. Definitely perfect for a special or romantic occasion.

Visited September 2013
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Shenfield, Essex
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Good Food, Great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

We were apprehensive about what to expect, whether Il Buco would live up to the hype, as we were extremely disappointed with our meal at the Excelsior Vittorio. We needn't have worried as the food was amazing and staff very courteous with a great ambience! Go here for a special occasion. We had the roast chicken for our main and it was beautifully cooked! The entire meal was truly special!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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