we’re going old school italian today and visiting the original il buco on bond street in noho, nyc. Originally opened in 1994 as a rustic antique store, il Buco is today one of the most beloved family restaurants in New York City (with several locations) celebrating mother Italy as well as the Iberian Peninsula. their specialty is creating an eclectic Mediterranean menu —- part Italian, part Spanish, part invention—dedicated to sourcing the greatest seasonal ingredients both locally and in their native Italy. What they can’t find locally is sourced in Italy through a network of family and friends developed over the course of a lifetime in the restaurant business. we’re going to hit them up for sunday brunch and sit outside enjoying springtime in nyc, casually dressed for a day roaming the city. some chic khakis and a tank top but we’re adding a cashmere cardigan tossed over our shoulders and keeping the sun off our faces with a straw bucket hat. add to that a spring-to-summer crocheted tote, some retro-inspired sandals, and some oversized sunnies. don’t forget the orange lip and toes! while awaiting your brunch pals think about reading A Calling for Charlie Barnes by Joshua Ferris. Someone is telling the story of the life of mr. Barnes, and it doesn’t appear to be going well. Too often divorced, discontent with life’s compromises, and in a house he hates, this lifelong schemer and eternal romantic would like out of his present circumstances and into the American dream. a tender portrait of a man whose desperate need to be loved is his downfall and a brutally funny account of how that love is ultimately earned. buon appetito!