Il Buco al Mare Arrives in Amagansett

Restaurateurs open their first location on Long Island.

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Photo: Il Buco al Mare Instagram.

From the streets of New York to Amagansett, Il Buco comes to Long Island after success with a pop-up version in Montauk last year. Named Il Buco al Mare, the restaurant offers a selection of local seafood and other dishes that they say is inspired by their sister restaurant, Bottega il Buco, in Ibiza, Spain.


The offerings start with a variety of focaccia including olive, garlic scape, labneh, and mustard greens ($23), rosemary, salt and nocellara olive oil ($14), and eggplant, tomato, pepperoncino and anchovy ($24). They have a raw bar and their tins, which are mussels in escabeche ($22), octopus in olive oil ($23), bonito del nord in olive oil ($23), or ventresca in olive oil ($40), all served with housemade buckwheat rye and sweet butter.


Photo: Il Buco al Mare Instagram.


Their small plates include baccala fritti, lemon and aioli ($20), burrata, cherries and pistacchio pesto ($21), and roasted clams, green garlic and grilled bread, along with other items. The main menu features seared striped bass, garlic scapes and romesco ($38),  whole roasted branzino, cucumber, radish, and pickled onion ($75), charred senat chicken, golden beets and buckwheat ($36), and black garlic skirt steak and Montreal spice ($42).


Photo: Il Buco al Mare Instagram.


On Yelp, the restaurant has been getting mixed reviews.


Tina L, from Port Washington, liked it and gave it five stars. 


“Although the tables were close, the restaurant has an open feeling, and the staff were welcoming,” she wrote. “Varying opinions regarding the doneness of the dishes. Enjoyed the experience overall...”


Mariel B, from Manhattan, didn’t have a good experience.


“I really wanted to like this place,” she said. “The ambiance and decor is great but everything else was bad. The menu is strange and limited.”


She only gave it one star but wasn’t entirely disappointed.


“Though I will say the service was good and not the issue at all,” she said.


Sydney A, from East Hampton, said her experience was “lovely.”


“Easy going and delicious food,” she said. “Flavor and simplicity mixed with out of the ordinary details that make fresh ingredients stand out.”


Location: 231 Main Street, Amagansett, (631) 557-3100.