The Monster ate at Evan Funke’s new Bucato but you won’t see any pictures of the meal because of an inane policy that both cell phones and cameras are verboten. So instead you will see random photos with no connection to the restaurant throughout this review. Whoa, look at that unicorn! This policy would be fine if this were Per Se or Daniel but given it is a casual Italian in Culver City at the Helms Building it all seems a little…full of itself.
It would even be tolerated if the food was so transcendent and the experience so amazing that pictures could never do it justice. It’s not.
Since there are seven of us we order all of the bread courses, all of the pastas, all of the spuntini and all of the seafood courses. Two servings of each in fact. There are also orders off the campo portion as well.
Since there are no pictures there will be no descriptions of each course save the general. The bread courses are fine. The pasta dishes are mostly great though the portions are miniscule. The spuntini ranges from good to downright boring. Likewise the seafood dishes.
Both the front and back patios are splendid places to wile away an evening (look at that waterfall!) but the interior feels cramped and claustrophobic even with the good design work at hand. Bathrooms however are not attached to the restaurant which makes one feel a little odd traipsing about to get to them.
While service is friendly, water refills on the thimble sized glasses occurs sporadically and this is much to The Monster’s chagrin since he is a waterholic.
Worse though, our server keeps pushing more and more on us. Another bottle of wine? No dessert? How can you skip dessert? After dinner drink? Enough with the hard sell. It is not appreciated.
All in all Bucato is a new addition from a serious chef that some of you may love. The Monster will not however (puppies!) be back.
Why go? Cameras, phones and camera phones are the devil’s work.
Monster rating: 2½/5 Monsters
3280 Helms Avenue
Culver City, CA 90034