With a well-earned reputation as a stylish, rigorous chef with a strong point of view, Anthony Bucco is poised to take on his next challenge, this time as chef partner of Eat-Drink-Celebrate Hospitalities, first collaboration Felina Restaurant and Bar.
The center of the culinary universe for a young Chef Bucco happened to be the modest kitchen & garden at his grandparentsâ€™ home in Matawan, NJ. While Anthony went on to a formal culinary education, his love of ingredients, respect for the farmer, and passion for building flavor started at his childhood dinner table.
Bucco has a long established commitment to sourcing locally and sustainably, while honoring the sophistication of his guestsâ€™ palates. Felinaâ€™s menu philosophy: where humble ingredients get ambitious, matches esthetic, advanced technique and a sensitivity to seasonality. It is at Felina that Buccoâ€™s personal heritage and his professional experiences merge to preserve the balance between the refined and rustic.
As a pillar in the NJ restaurant scene for more than a decade, Bucco has guided many of the top kitchens in the state. His accolades include being awarded 4 stars in the Star Ledger; for his work at each Stage Left, Uproot, The Ryland Inn and Restaurant Latour. Anthony was instrumental in reopening the storied Ryland Inn, garnering the first four-star review New Jersey Monthly had given in a nearly a decade, with Eric Levin noting Bucco was â€śa gifted chef whose time has come.â€ť Among other accolades, Bucco has received The New York Timesâ€™ highest rating (Excellent), & AAAâ€™s coveted Four Diamond Award.
A long-time supporter of numerous charitable causes, Bucco has focused his energies on improvements throughout the Garden State; whether supporting the small family farmer, improving school lunch programs, feeding the hungry or supporting culinary education. Bucco recently started Heart to Harvest, a charitable endeavor designed to help famers and the community.