953 Allwood Rd, Clifton, NJ 07012
Over the years Buco Ristorante has become our families favorite place to go. The food is consistently top notch and has always been an excellent value.
If you forget your glasses do not worry about it. The menu is huge and comprehensive. If you order what you want odds are it is no the menu or they will make it for you anyway.
Rice balls are a real treat. We also like their meatballs (yes they will fry them if you ask and serve them without sauce for an appetizer). Jr. is always happy to go out of his way to make anything we want either that night or the next time we come in.
Ron, Ozzy and Tony provide excellent service and are very friendly.
Out of curiosity I tried a steak one night. It was one of the best I have ever had. The steak served there put the stake house stake we had a few nights before to shame, for half the price I got twice the steak and it was twice as good.
We rarely if ever leave without another meal or two in the goodies bag or without ordering an extra meal just to take home.
09/08/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Chef Ramsay would roll his eyes and start swearing upon tasting the food at Buco. But he may appreciate the service.
The two stars are for a combination of reasons. While the service is excellent, and was excellent when I went about twice a few years ago, the quality of the food has completely tanked. When I went a few years ago, I had an excellent osso bucco with risoto milanese (could even see saffron threads!). The rice was al dente and, as it should be, suspended in a lovely medium that makes it a risotto. The marrow of the bone was garnished with a rosemary spring with the gremolata. Great flavor and I even recall the dish itself being very fragrant. I thought I had found a gem right on Allwood Road. THIS TIME, however, (Sept 6, 08), the dishes I had were a complete mess. Ramsay would have a field day as Buco seems to fit the bill for one of his restaurant-gone-wrong-episodes. I had a scallop dish that had a risotto. The risotto was just sad. It didn't even seem to be made with the appropriate rice. It was so loose and with a sort of translucent sauce that I would not have been surprised if cornstarch was tossed in to ensure some thickness. *gasp!* I am guessing that this is not the original chef I had of my previous meals. The menu was seasonal then and now is merely a list trying to appease and impress but in reality require no unique or particularly seasonal ingredients. While my scallops were not tough, they were not fresh. There were a few barely fresh or simply overcooked asparagus tossed into the mix, but the dish itself was not well balanced. All of this was grossly overpriced. I would have been happy to pay for what I had during earlier visits to Buco, but I was very disappointed with this recent experience (and it was a very special night! GRRR!)
I had called the day before to make a reservation and it was not on the books when we arrived.