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A Touch of Italia

April 03, 2014
Il Buco Vita
Donna Lennard’s beloved New York trattoria, Il Buco, first opened its doors in 1994 as a quaint antiques store, but this soon evolved into a restaurant when Lennard and her then-partner Alberto Avalle, rather sweetly, started to invite customers to join them for their midday ‘pranzo’. Twenty years later, however, Lennard has finally returned to retail with Il Buco Vita, a store selling handcrafted artisan Italian homeware, much of which can be pored over in her restaurant and has never been on sale in the US before.

Together with her Umbrian business partners Antonello and Lorenzo Radi (the latter a renowned architect), Lennard hand picks this covetable selection of home and tableware direct from central and southern Italy. The rustic cottage-y space of well-worn wooden floors, Mediterranean wall tiles and a decorative fireplace is a fitting backdrop to the imports of Tuscan hand-blown glass tumblers, Siena-sourced glazed terracotta dishware (from plates to serving bowls and jugs), and vegetable-dyed linen napkins and placemats from Umbria. Look out for the beeswax double-wicked candles made in the medieval town of Bevagna, deliciously heavy pink and black marble pestle and mortar sets, and hand-rendered cutting boards made from centuries-old repurposed wood. Everything you need to give your own casa a little touch of Italia!

51 Bond Street
+1 212 228 6980
Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm