Il Buco Goes Hog Wild Thursday Afternoon

Big deal on Bond Street: last years Sagra del MailePhoto courtesy of Il Buco


Il Bucos annual Sagra del Maiale festival (pig party to us Americans) runs Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m., and it kills us that we cant go. The restaurant, which has always been a source of ingredient-driven Italian food, has taken its aesthetic up a notch under chef Ignacio Mattos watch. The pigfest is perfectly symbolic of that its not just whole hog, but Ossabaw pork from an island off Georgia. Its one of the most intensely flavorful pigs in the world, with a taste reminiscent of Spanish Ibrico hogs, wild boars, the sound of rushing water, first kisses in prehistoric South American jungles, and your first pork chop. The menu, which includes barbecued pork, Ossabaw panini, ricotta fritters, farmer's-market panzanella, and wild arugula with lemon, red onion, and Pecorino, is a paltry $20 a plate. Do what you can to get there; it looks to be pretty special.

Sagra del Maiale Festival