At Feldspar Brook, we aren't sole fans of incredible food, but lovely and unique tablewares presenting our food fancies us as well. That's why we are all advocates of NYC proprietor, Donna Lennard, and her penchant for Mediterranean inspired eats and home decor.
In 1994, Lennard had high hopes for the quaint and rustic antique shop she opened with then partner, Alberto Avalle, on NoHo's hip Bond Street, but even this wise business owner couldn't have dreamt up the massive and ever expanding success it would become. What started out as a petite "pranzo" served daily from the shop's tiny kitchen for guests and neighborhood friends would combust into a full-fledged, one-of-a-kind, universally-popular restaurant, garnering Lennard a second and larger establishment just one block over on Great Jones, years later. Il Buco maintains that rustic, cozy appeal of an antique shop, the kind of gem you might stumble upon while strolling through the village of Bevagna. Mix-matched wooden tables and chairs are nestled around the small dining room that features charming hutches and cabinets boasting with il Buco's own Mediterranean food compliments of sea salt, olive oil and vinegar. For the overwhelming number of il Buco regulars and followers, it came as no surprise when Lennard and her long-time Umbrian friends opened a special home decor studio just two doors down from where it all started on Bond Street.
Il Buco Vita opened up shop in 2013 and features handcrafted and antique pieces carefully curated and sourced from central and southern Italy to be sold exclusively by Lennard and her small team. From handmade soaps to table linens, candles, dinnerware, and those unique treasures you'd only find in quintessential Italian workshops, homes, and farms--il Buco Vita is a splendid source for foodies, entertainers, and artisanal collectors alike.
We look forward to Donna Lennard's next venture, and in the mean time we are seriously adding one of il Buco Vita's baskets of exclusive delights to our list of things we wish for this season--or any season really.
Be sure to check out NYC's famous cobble-stoned Bond Street and while you're there, stop by il Buco for a truly authentic and delectable Italian-Mediterranean meal, and il Buco Vita for keepsakes to impress your posse, of course.