After 20 years the corner of Robertson and Wilshire, Giacomino Drago’s Beverly Hills restaurant Il Buco Ristorante will close this week. The landlord did not renew Il Buco’s 20-year lease, which unfortunately means the Italian eatery’s final service is today.
The Drago family is a constant in Los Angeles dining with restaurants dotted all over town, including Il Pastaio, Via Alloro, and Piccolo Paradiso in Beverly Hills, Panzanella in Sherman Oaks, Celestino in Pasadena, and Drago on Wilshire and Fairfax, to name a few. Brothers Celestino and Giacomino Drago spent decades opening some of LA’s most beloved Italian eateries.
Il Buco’s reasonable prices were always a bit of a shock, especially when offering handmade pastas, osso buco, and a grilled bone-in veal chop. The signature orange Vespa was always on the front patio of this neighborhood restaurant.
A few switcheroos took place after Drago took on new partners in 2012. Il Buco closed and converted into A1 Cucina Italiana, while Giacomino decided to focus on his then-new sushi restaurant, Yojisan. And even though former Los Angeles Times critic Irene Virbila gave A1 Cucina high marks, the Dragos changed the name back to Il Buco only a month later citing “legal reasons.”