We'll bet you didn't know that downtown's most beloved Italian restaurant actually began as an antique shop! 

Opened by independent filmmaker Donna Lennard and her Italian partner Alberto Avalle back in 1994, Il Buco has been charming the city with its warm interiors and all too delicious Mediterranean menu since.

Now in their 25th year, what better way to celebrate the romantic spot's big anniversary than with a beautiful new book - Il Buco: Stories & Recipes? A wonderful collection of over 80 recipes straight from the restaurant's kitchen just in time for the holiday season!

Looking to impress your next dinner guest? Click through for four absolutely mouthwatering dishes that will have your kitchen smelling better than you ever dreamed possible!

[Photos courtesy Harper Design]