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Shopper’s Diary: Il Buco Vita in Los Angeles

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Shopper’s Diary: Il Buco Vita in Los Angeles

December 20, 2023

If you’ve had the good fortune to have a meal at one of Il Buco‘s restaurants, you likely left feeling the warm afterglow of a good meal and good conversation. The experience is less like dining in a restaurant and more like attending a cozy candle-lit dinner party.

It makes sense then that the motto of Il Buco Vita, the tableware and home decor store that sprang from the original restaurant, is: “Every Table, A Story.” The stories here, though, belong to the ceramic plates, hand-blown glasses, woven tablecloths, and other artisan-made Italian housewares curated by its founding team—Donna Lennard (the owner and founder of the restaurants), architect Lorenzo Radi, and artist Antonello Radi. The shop is a place for the three friends to share their handmade finds, much of it from the Old World.

Last month, Il Buco Vita opened its first West Coast outpost, in an open-air shopping center in Culver City, CA. Unlike their small shops in NYC’s East Village and Amangansett, NY, their LA location is large and airy, with an industrial vibe: “Previously it was a Japanese-inspired fish restaurant opened by a group from Australia,” says Donna. “We softened the space with our signature palette of soft whites, incandescent lighting, and warm antique rugs and furnishings.”

Below, she shares the details on Il Buco Vita’s new digs at at 8820 Washington Blvd, Suite 101.

Photography by Ingalls Photography, courtesy of Il Buco Vita.

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Above: “The vibe is very relaxed and friendly during the day, but at night becomes more energized as local restaurants [including Roberta’s, another NYC transplant] fill their tables,” says Donna.
exclusive to the la location are the antique quilts from donna&#8\2\17;s pe 13
Above: Exclusive to the LA location are the antique quilts from Donna’s personal collection. “I collected them over several decades, many are over a century old, crafted in Mennonite communities across Pennsylvania and in exceptional condition.”
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Above: “The architecture is rectilinear yet warm, and the store facades range from cast concrete to polished stone,” says Donna. The built-in concrete wrap-around bench, formerly used for banquette seating, has been softened with cushions.
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Above: “It’s a bit too soon to see truly distinct differences in our East and West Coast shoppers, but early signs point to our colored Pienza glassware [displayed on the wall shelves] being very popular on the West Coast, especially in the warmer, sunset tones of rosato and amber,” shares Donna. Displayed on the vintage console are splatterware pieces by Montegranaro, an Italian heritage brand that’s been making hand-thrown, hand-glazed pottery since 1851.
the store also carries &#8\2\20;a selection of antique, italian ceramic urn 16
Above: The store also carries “a selection of antique, Italian ceramic urns, pitchers, and jugs from the collection of co-founder Antonello Radi, along with a wide range of his paintings of traditional Umbrian scenes and charming still-lifes.”
a table charmingly set with handmade dinnerware. 17
Above: A table charmingly set with handmade dinnerware.
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Above: “The outdoor space is meant for customers and passersby alike. We currently serve our signature coffee and are hosting private dining events at the store after hours. Our private event clients in particular love having the use of the outdoor areas. We’re working on our beer and wine license and hope to have a more expansive offering in the not too distant future.”

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Frequently asked questions

What is Il Buco Vita?

Il Buco Vita is a tableware and home goods store located with locations in Los Angeles, New York City, and Amangansett, NY.

Where is Il Buco Vita located?

Il Buco Vita is located in Los Angeles, California.

What does Il Buco Vita sell?

Il Buco Vita sells a variety of home goods, including rugs, lighting, tableware, and accessories, all of which can be purchased at the store or on their website Ilbucovita.com.

Do they offer shipping services?

Yes, Il Buco Vita offers shipping services for their products. Customers can inquire about shipping options and costs in-store.

Can I return or exchange products purchased from Il Buco Vita?

Yes, Il Buco Vita allows returns and exchanges within a certain time frame, provided the product is in its original condition. It is recommended to contact the store directly for more information on their return policy.

What are the store hours of Il Buco Vita?

Il Buco Vita is open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Tuesday through Saturday.

Is Il Buco Vita closed on Sundays and Mondays?

Yes, Il Buco Vita is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Does Il Buco Vita offer any design services?

Yes, Il Buco Vita offers design services. Customers can consult with their design team for assistance with home decor and furniture selection.

Is there parking available near Il Buco Vita?

Yes, there is parking available near Il Buco Vita. Customers can use street parking or nearby parking lots.

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