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“We wished we had time to go again”
Review of il buco Ristorante

il buco Ristorante
Ranked #15 of 279 Restaurants in Sorrento
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Brighton, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“We wished we had time to go again”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

In a city where restaurants are rather too geared up for banter in a dozen languages this was such a good choice. Everyone was really charming without it sounding too much like a routine. The place is beautifully designed and a welcome break from the decor elsewhere. The food was fabulous and the wine list had some great stuff on it. My wife is vegetarian and the benchmark for us is when we both have a great meal. We wished we had arranged things so that we had time to go a second time. Worth every penny.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Tiptop_65
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London, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
“Good fish restaurant - though a little disappointing given the reviews”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

I had dinner at the "Il Buco" restaurant a few weeks ago. The restaurant had been recommended, and after reading the reviews, made the booking for a table for two, on the outside terrace. The setting is beautiful, a quiet side street leading down towards the harbour of Sorrente. The service was very good, the chef came to explain what the dishes of the day were, and delicious "amuse bouche" nibbles were served. However the rest of the meal was a little disappointing. Dishes came quickly (too quickly?) and were not piping hot. It was good - but not excellent.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Ulysses186338
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Attentive owner,Peppe great staff and setting and delicious fresh food.”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

A unique setting full of charm and atmosphere. Top end but the overall dining experience was one to remember and one to be enjoyed.. We went for the "trust me menu" which was fantastic. Highly recommended.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank sussexseagulls
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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2014

I had dinner there tonight.
Food: the chef comes out and makes the impression he would create anything for you which he does. Unfortunately, the portion sizes were so small I wouldn't recommend to anyone. We had to stop for a snack on the way back to our hotel. The fish of the day came with 'nothing'. Just the fish which was maybe 4 ounces. The wine was good.
Ambiance: because of the unusual location during our dinner a street musician came next to our outdoor table & sang songs and then passed the hat later. Then a guy selling roses came up to us to sell his product. On top of that when the street musician left they played the stereo which conflicted with the restaurant next door which made for an ear disaster.
The price was outrageous on top of all the other problems.
Bottom line: wouldn't recommend to anyone.

  • Visited May 2014
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2 Thank PegBeg
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IlBucoSorrento, Proprietario at il buco Ristorante, responded to this review, 7 June 2014
Dear Peg,

We would like to thank you for choosing Il Buco and taking time to share your experience.

We are very sorry to read that our food and portion size did not meet your expectations.
Your opinion, however, is important and constructive for our personal and professional growth. Unfortunately, we fear that the kitchen and our philosophy have not been perceived in the right way, therefore I'd like to introduce ourselves:

Peppe Aversa’s cuisine is an innovative, Mediterranean “gourmet style”, combining tradition and modern techniques . We use excellent locally sourced organic products , personally selected by the Chef.
Our focus is to create dishes including seasonal ingredients, enhancing flavors with interesting combinations.

Every day we are conscious of our responsibility towards our guests and their dining experience.
We apologize, we have been not able to convey our concept and values to you!

We hope to see you again, meantime please accept our best regards
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York, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Brilliant Food with Fantastic Wine”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

We had a great meal here, the food was brilliant and the massive wine list was something to behold!. We were very well looked after without the normal rush of most places.
Thank you for a great meal and an ideal way to end out stay in Sorrento, thank you

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Stephen G
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