Have Lived nearby for last several years, but never tried it! Cafe La Buca is delightful....a friend and I walked with with our BYOB wine, our waiter, set up the glasses, opened wine, brought us water at our request and told us about appetizers. He suggested Fresh Mozzarella stuffed with tomatoes and spinach $8.99; Brussels Sprouts sautéed with pancetta topped with Parmesan $6.99 and a Grilled zucchini wrapped around light-as-a-feather ricotta $10.00. All were perfectly prepared, well seasoned and perfect size for two. Great starters with the hot bread.
Our server then told us about the five pastas offered: gnocchi gratin, pasta bolognese, pasta with cherry tomatoes and Burrata, pasta with clams, pappardelle with mushrooms. We ordered two 1/2 orders of the pasta with clams $12.00 and mushroom pappardelle $18.00. The clam was delicately seasoned with lots of ocean flavor and the porcini mushroom pasta was generous with sliced mushrooms, onions, garlic and drizzled with a little truffle oil. Both were perfectly cooked and satisfying. Entrees included a couple steaks ( filet and rib eye), and a branzino in salt crust and snapper in aqua pazza. We decided to pass on main courses because we had eaten enough...but we ordered dessert... A generous serving of homemade tiramisu $9.00 .creamy, eggy, three different types of chocolate..dark milk and cocoa powder...with strong espresso and cappuccino 3.00 and 4.00 respectively. Total bill was $82.66...very reasonable for a high quality meal. Unlike some reviewers, we felt completely in control of how much food came to our table. We look forward to coming back to try main courses, pizzas and additional courses!