Evan Funke's long-awaited pasta-centric Italian restaurant, Bucato, is nearing completion, with the papers covering the side windows shed for the public to see, and those swanky patios ready for debut. The Culver City locale inside the Helm Bakery complex has been in construction for over a year. The interior looks pretty terrific for a new restaurant, with clean white walls, dark custom wood tables and banquettes, that super cool kitchen knife piece in the wall, and a hanging "chandelier" of rolling pins.
The open kitchen almost feels like it's spilling onto the elongated interior dining room while patios on each opening fill out the 115 seat restaurant. There's bar seating that overlooks the kitchen, a nice way to dine for solo or duo diners. The angular paneling covering the main entrance to the restaurant gives the room a modern feel while the striking walnut chairs have a design that wouldn't look out of place at the nearby furniture emporium, Room & Board. At the moment, chefs and staff are preparing for a weekend of previews with friends and family before media descends on Tuesday evening. Shortly after, Bucato will open its doors to the public, though the exact day hasn't been determined, but it's likely to be later in the week.
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