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Il Buco opened in 1994, and owner Donna Lennard took her time spawning a sibling, Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, born in 2011. Trips back and forth to Italy produced a collection of antique furnishings, porcelain tiles, street lamps and a copper stamped ceiling made in Florence, utterly transforming the three-story space that used to be Great Jones Lumber Supply. Lennard's research trips also resulted in sourcing the best of raw materials for the Italian menu: extra-virgin olive oils and the finest vinegars, hand-harvested sea salt from Sicily, pasta, olives, marmalades, grains, beans and cheese from small producers. The front half of the space consists of a gourmet market, a counter selling gelato and panini and a morning coffee bar that becomes a wine bar in the afternoon. Down three steps is a handsome, casual dining room serving oft-changing lunch and dinner items full of gusto. Upstairs is a lovely private dining room with long communal tables.