What’s the Pope Room?
The Pope is the Bishop of Rome and the leader of the Catholic Church worldwide. His ecclesiastical jurisdiction, the Diocese of Rome, is often called “the Holy See.” In addition to the religious power he wields, the pope is also the political head of state of Vatican City, a sovereign city-state entirely enclaved within Italy’s capital city. The papacy is one of the most enduring institutions in the world and has played a prominent part in world history – Italian history especially. In ancient times, popes helped spread Christianity and settle doctrinal disputes. In the middle ages, they were involved in the secular development of Western Europe as well, often acting as arbitrators between Christian monarchs. Currently, in addition to the expansion of the Christian faith and doctrine, the popes stay involved in interfaith dialog, charitable work and the defense of human rights. Pope Francis has been in the headlines a lot since his papacy began in 2013. He may be Argentinian but, judging from his peaceful yet down-to-earth demeanor, we’d say the Italian way of life is starting to rub off on him.
Though the Pope’s power is now mostly religious, we think that there’s no better way to trace the history of Italy than by reviewing the lineage of popes. Even today, Vatican City is an epicenter of Italian culture. That’s why every Buca di Beppo Restaurant has a Pope Room decorated with statues, photographs and other artistic representations of popes past and present plus souvenirs straight from the Vatican! Each Pope Room is furnished with a single round table, large enough to seat 12 to 18 people. A “lazy susan” sits in the middle of the table, making it easy for diners to share fresh breads, colorful salads and big bowls of our signature pastas. We highly suggest the Pope Room for most any occasion!
The Italian word for Pope is “Papa” which also means father! If that doesn’t prove that the Pope Room is the perfect place to go for a Father’s Day lunch or dinner, then we don’t know what does.
The First Communion is a big day in a child’s life! It should be celebrated Vatican-style with lots of food and family fun. That’s exactly what you’ll get in this themed room along with excellent service and a whimsical atmosphere.
Hosting a family reunion this summer? Reuniting with some relatives you haven’t seen in a while? With its huge family table, the Pope Room is perfect for private family meals. Since everyone can see everyone else, it’s easy to make the most out of your time together at the Pope Room’s round table.
Buca’s Chef’s Table
Some restaurants would allow their staff to chastise customers for wandering into the kitchen area. Buca di Beppo is not one of those restaurants. In fact, we might just welcome you to come on in and take a seat!
A meal at the Buca di Beppo Chef’s Table, located in the heart of the restaurant’s kitchen, is one amazing culinary experience. Once you and your dining companions have slid into your comfortable kitchen-side seats, you’ll all get the chance to see professional chefs practicing authentic Italian cooking techniques right before your eyes. And there’s a lot more to it than boiling noodles. There’s also baking, sautéing, chopping, topping, roasting – the list goes on and on and it’s definitely all worth it in the end. We think seeing how your food is made might somehow make it taste better. Knowing what you’re eating was crafted with somebody’s two hands, not just defrosted and thrown on a plate, makes the sweet touches seem sweeter and the savory bites seem savorier. After all, how could we get our appetizers and entrées to taste house-made if we weren’t making them in-house?
From fresh breads and carefully arranged salads to baked pastas and desserts, watching your meal come to life turns a hearty meal into dinner and a show! It’s just the sort of eventful night out that’s perfect for celebrating big occasions. Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and new beginnings are all a little brighter at the Chef’s Table! As long as you’re prepared to dine in a fast-paced slightly noisy environment, that is. If the sounds of dicing and sizzling aren’t your idea of ideal background noise, this table is not for you. However, if you love great food and an impressive showcasing of talent, it definitely is! You’re invited to interact with the chef, ask him questions (food-related and otherwise) and tailor your meal to your exact specifications when you sit in this section of the restaurant.
As for what to order, it’s fun to watch pretty much anything go from raw ingredients to delicious finished product. That being said, the pizza dough process is always an entertaining one and our Stuffed Shells must always be made with a good bit of showmanship. Your server or your chef will be able to tell you which wine pairings best suit your meal and which Italian combinations best suit your party! For example, if you’re looking to have a classic Italian dinner, you can’t wrong with salad and spaghetti. If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, it might be a night for Fried Calamari and spicy garlic shrimp. When it comes to cooking, we’ve put it all out there so don’t be shy with the orders!
Last Fling Before the Ring with Bachelorette Parties at Buca!
Some nights that whole “bride diet” thing just has to go out the window and the Bachelorette Party is one of those nights! Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant is a great venue for a more relaxing bachelorette party and our party pan options are perfect for a house party or a pre-party, in-home dinner. With our authentic menu and our eclectic décor, Buca is a fitting destination or catering choice for an Italian (or Italy-loving) bride and her bridesmaids.
Host a Bachelorette Party Banquet
One of the biggest benefits to hosting a “last fling before the ring” with Buca’s help is our party planning experience. We’ll handle as much or as little of the party set-up as you want from planning the menu and decorating the room to cleaning up when the fun is done. Planning a wedding is enough hard work as it is. At Buca di Beppo, we make it easy to put together an awesome bachelorette bash. We can accommodate groups of all sizes in our banquet rooms or at our Chef’s Table. Going through three or four separate businesses in order to make arrangements for the party venue, food, décor and entertainment is time-consuming and impractical. We can provide it all! Thanks to our Italian heritage, we just have a knack for celebrating fabulously!
Our menu includes antipasti, salads, pasta, other classic Italian entrées and simply delish desserts and they’re all served family-style and ready to share! There are also many light and healthy options for those who’d like to stick to their pre-wedding diet plan. Whatever you and your girls order can be enhanced with a little something from our wine list or cocktail menu. Try some of our signature “Ciao!” wine, straight from Tuscany, a bubbly peach Bellini, an elegant mojito or a glass of homemade sangria to really kick the wedding festivities off in style.
Take the Party Home with Pans To-Go
If the future Mrs. would prefer a more private, homey setting for her party, one of Buca’s Party Pans or pre-set catering selections may be the best option. These pans are also pretty handy for surprise bachelorette get-togethers and low-key bachelorette lunches. Our party pans can be delivered right to the venue as long as it is located within 10 miles of the nearest Buca restaurant. All takeaway and delivery catering orders include free plates, napkins, serving utensils and eating utensils so that the party doesn’t have to pause for clean-up and dish duty. We strongly recommend ordering one of our yummy dessert trays with whichever entrées you select. Though we can’t promise any cookies baked into naughty shapes, we can promise a delicious ending to a memorable, pre-matrimonial evening!
Pasta Classics for a Summer Picnic
Some picnics, such as company parties, reunions and anniversary celebrations, are just too big to fit everyone’s food into a little wicker basket. Fortunately, at Buca di Beppo, finding creative ways to accommodate (and feed) a crowd is one of our specialties! Rich, authentic Italian food may seem like a far-cry from typical picnic fare. You won’t find anything sandwiched between slices of white bread on our catering menu. But if you’re looking to serve something unexpected and surprisingly refreshing at your large-scale picnic this summer, look no further than the Buca di Beppo catering menu.
Penne is a versatile pasta, capable of pleasing the pickiest picnic guests. We offer several penne dishes in full-size catering pans including Penne alla Vodka, Penne San Remo and more. If you know that your picnic goers will be craving something meaty. Also, our Penne alla Vodka is more vegetarian-friendly but just as flavorful with garlic, Roma tomatoes, crushed red pepper and creamy vodka rosa sauce. The Penne San Remo is bursting with bright summer ingredients like artichokes and sundried tomatoes, making it a fitting picnic dish.
Macaroni is a picnic classic. Only instead of deli-style macaroni salad, we make our macaroni dishes in true Italian fashion with creamy cheese and freshly made pasta. You can’t go wrong with a heaping pan of Macaroni and Cheese, perfect for the kind of picnic that will have lots of kids in attendance. Grown-ups might prefer our Macaroni Rosa, however. This cavatappi spiral pasta entrée topped with chicken, broccoli, peas, mushrooms and our famous red sauce is indulgently delicious and definitely not for picnic traditionalists.
Linguine Frutti di Mare
Even if you aren’t lucky enough to be picnicking on the sand, this seafood dish will make you feel like there must be a beach nearby. Shrimp, baby clams, mussels, calamari and a spicy clam sauce all join forces in this linguine entrée to create a symphony of seafood flavors.
A single full-size to-go pan contains up to 20 servings so you know you’ll receive enough food to feed everyone when you turn to the Buca catering menu for your next picnic event. Pair any of our signature pastas with a salad tray, a bread tray and a dessert tray and you’ll have your picnic menu covered from beginning to end. We can even provide beverages and disposable dinner ware for your convenience. When it comes to summer picnic provisions, Buca di Beppo is a one-stop shop!
Family Reunion Banquets With Buca!
At Buca, family is a part of everything we do. We base all of our recipes off traditional Italian family favorites. We seat our guests at comfortable family tables and serve family-style portions. We even incorporate quirky family photos into our restaurants’ décor along with vintage posters, café lights and other Mediterranean paraphernalia. We know families and we especially know what families like to eat. Our intense family focus makes us a great choice for a family reunion dinner out!
Buca di Beppo restaurant is the perfect place if you are looking for a family reunion banquet venue that can accommodate any size group and has a menu diverse enough to cater to everybody involved. Our family-focused restaurants are the perfect backdrop to bring everybody together once again for a yummy meal – even those cousins you haven’t seen since you were a wee bambino yourself. With huge, pass-around platters of antipasti and single pasta entrées that can feed up to four, big, extended families will feel right at home at Buca di Beppo. Note: all of our locations have private dining rooms that are great places to host any kind of family event.
In terms of what you should order, we always recommend appetizers such as basil-topped Mozzarella Caprese or crusty garlic bread to help tide everybody over until the main courses arrive. Since family reunions are certainly a cause for celebration, why not order a traditional wicker basket Chianti for the adults to enjoy or try a bottle of our Ciao! Pinot Grigio or fruity Ciao! Rosso? It’s produced in Tuscany with the Buca di Beppo menu in mind, so it’s guaranteed to make a great addition to any entrée you pick. Last but not least, no family event is complete without sharing some sweets with those you love. Our chocolate-drizzled Cannoli and hazelnut Tiramisu will leave your family with some particularly fond reunion memories.
When you reserve a banquet room for any occasion at any of our locations, our amazing staff can help take care of everything from the decorating to entertainment. We promise to make sure that all family members have a relaxing time which is not always the case for the reunion hosts! From homemade Lasagna to impressive half-pound Meatballs, your loved ones will definitely leave this gathering content. For more information on our private rooms and our summer dining specials, give us a call or visit our homepage!
Sun, Fun and Memorial Day Weekend Catering
We love three-day weekends! Especially when they’re the kind of three-day weekends that give us all time to spend time with friends and family while we celebrate the brave men and women who have served our country in the military. Of course, we’re talking about Memorial Day!
Because it’s right at the end of spring, Memorial Day Weekend is often treated like the official start of the backyard barbecue season but with Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, summer birthday parties, etc., hamburgers and hotdogs begin to get old quickly. This year, serve something unexpected at your Memorial Day gathering by setting up some Buca di Beppo party pans in your kitchen, in the backyard or even by the pool.
Italian food may be filling but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any light, warm-weather fare on our catering menu! Italians do enjoy some incredibly long coastlines, after all. Between cool salads, fresh seafood, lean chicken and veggie-only dishes, we offer tons of great lunch and dinner options for spring and summer parties. We even have a beloved potluck standby on the catering menu – macaroni and cheese! A single full-size party pan contains up to 20 servings so you know you’ll receive enough food for everyone when you order off of our handy dandy catering menu. As part of some of our catering packages, you’ll get to choose a salad tray consisting of either a mixed green salad or a classic Caesar. Either way, your Memorial Day guests will love to chow down on some fresh roughage tossed in a flavorful Buca salad dressing. We’ll even provide beverages to wash everything down and desserts to end the day with something sweet.
Buca Classics To-Go
For smaller parties and family get-togethers this Memorial Day, a simple to-go order may suffice. Particularly since our entrées are all available in huge, family-size servings. For Memorial Day, we think a couple of our specialty pizzas, topped with homemade tomato sauce, just might be the perfect party snack. From the ever-popular Supremo Italiano with spicy sausage, pepperoni, bell peppers, yellow onions and meat sauce to the classic Margherita, all Buca pizzas have that authentic Italian-style taste. One large pie serves up to four which makes it an ideal choice for younger, pickier eaters. Then an order of our half-pound meatballs along with pasta or roasted garlic mashed potatoes for the adult diners would definitely make Memorial Day 2015 more memorable.
Save those blackened burgers and dogs for July. This Memorial Day, we’re thinkin’ meatballs!
Gifts for Moms, Dads & Grads
Most people think of the holiday season as November and December but May and June are pretty eventful months, too! With Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and graduations for all kinds of students on our calendars, finding the right gifts for everyone you celebrate during the summer can feel like a full-time job if you overcomplicate it. Buca di Beppo makes it simple with gift cards, electronic gift cards and that special Italian flair for celebration you’ve come to know and recognize!
Gifts for Moms
Mother’s Day is only days away – Sunday, May 10! If you’re looking for a quick gift she’s sure to appreciate, a Buca gift card is a safe choice. At Buca di Beppo, Mom can relax while a savvy staff waits on her, taking care of her every need. If your mom cooked most of your meals while you were growing up, it’s about time you arranged an entertaining and memorable dining experience for her in return. From fresh summer salads to a decadent dessert, a meal at one of our restaurants will not disappoint! And she won’t have to do any of the dishes afterwards, either.
Gifts for Dads
Father’s Day will be Sunday, June 21. Dads can be hard to shop for but we’ve yet to meet a dad who doesn’t love to eat! We like to think our gift cards are a bit more pratical than the traditional gifts of cufflinks and power tools. When did these expensive, infrequently used items become the standard for Father’s Day presents? This year, give Dad something he’ll actually use by giving the gift of an amazing Italian feast! We serve all of Dad’s favorites including supermassive meatballs, authentic oven-baked pizzas, tasty seafood dishes and towering Italian cakes.
Gifts for High School and College Grads
Out of all the people you celebrate in May and June, it’s probably the grads who will most appreciate a hot meal. Everybody’s heard of the starving student stereotype. Well, when you put a Buca di Beppo gift card in their hands, you won’t need to worry about their daily caloric intake. Whether they’re high school graduates yet to experience the “college diet” of cereal, ramen noodles and dining hall dinners or they’re college graduates ready to leave that pattern behind, a gift card for a cool Italian restaurant is a perfectly practical graduation present! They can use it to go out with their classmates and, with our family-size portions, they’re likely to go home with some awesome leftovers. You can even send your grad a gift directly to their inbox using our electronic gift card service.
School’s Out – Time to Party!
All students, from kindergarteners to PhD candidates, need to let off some steam at the end of the year. After a year of studying and practicing (and arts-and-crafting in the kindergarteners’ case), a hearty Italian meal is exactly what they need to fuel up for summer fun! An End of the School Year Party is an opportunity for kids and young adults to see their classmates altogether one last time and reflect on their accomplishments before everyone goes off on separate summer adventures. If you’re looking for a capable caterer or a great pre-summer party venue, consider Buca di Beppo for all your catering and banquet hosting needs.
End of Classes Catering
Whether you’re planning an intimate graduation party or a no-holds barred summer bash for a whole grade level, having a swarm of guests in your home will be stressful enough. No need to add dinner prep and clean up to the madness! Our catering packages can be customized to feed any crowd, small or large, and they include options everyone will love. School kids will love any Buca pasta featuring our homemade tomato sauce while our creamy fettucine is sure to become a faculty favorite. Last but not least, one taste of a treat from our cookie and brownie dessert tray will have even your most studious party guest forgetting about the stress of final exams. Our catering packages all come with disposable dinnerware to make cleaning up that much easier.
Banquets for Teams, Clubs and More
Whether you want to sit in a private room or in a long, comfy booth, your neighborhood Buca knows how to host a good banquet! During the school year, kids work hard outside of class at their extracurricular activities. They log long hours before and after school on sports fields, in band rooms and at chorus rehearsals. Some kids even travel to compete at these activities. Our large banquet rooms are perfect for end of the year awards ceremonies and slideshow viewings for academic classes as well as extracurricular teams and clubs. Our family-style recipes make it easier to accommodate orders for a large group and our scrumptious selection of antipasti and entrées are well-suited for any scholar’s palate. For a slightly smaller celebration, a reservation at our Kitchen Table will make for an End of School celebration they’ll never forget. In the kitchen or in one of our eclectic dining rooms, dinner at Buca is guaranteed to be an exciting, authentic End of the Year experience!
Celebrate Your Family Reunion With Buca Catering!
If you’re housing out-of-town family members for a reunion or some other mid-year occasion, chances are you’re already working hard to keep everybody comfortable and entertained. You shouldn’t be expected to provide three square meals a day, too! Then again, even if you aren’t running a little “bed and breakfast” for your extended family, opting to cater a reunion dinner rather than cook one will give everyone more time to spend enjoying each other’s company.
Everybody’s so busy these days that it seems like opportunities to get the whole family together to just hang out are becoming increasingly scarce. A catered meal from Buca di Beppo brings everyone together plus it gives everyone a chance to relax with the rest of the fam once the togetherness happens!
With our fresh tossed salads, succulent seafood, vegetarian dishes and authentic Italian classics, we offer an amazing variety of lunch and dinner options for family reunions. A single full-size Buca di Beppo party pan contains up to 20 servings so you know you’ll receive enough food for everyone whether you select a catering package or build your own. As part of some of our catering packages, you’ll get to choose a salad tray consisting of either a Mixed Green Salad or a classic Caesar salad. You’ll also be provided with yummy House-baked bread to accompany your pasta, proteins and veggies. We can even provide beverages to wash everything down and desserts so you can end the meal on a sweet note. For smaller parties and family get-togethers, a couple of our specialty pizzas, topped with homemade tomato sauce, just might be the perfect party snack. Add an order of our half-pound Meatballs along with pasta or Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and you’ve got a family reunion menu for the ages!
Getting multiple generations of family together again after who knows how long will be crazy enough as it is. No need to add dinner prep and clean up to that familial chaos! Our catering packages can be customized to feed any crowd, small or large, and they include options everyone will love like lusciously hearty Lasagna, plump Ravioli, creamy Fettucine and more. Don’t let the entire reunion pass by while the cook in the family has to slave away over a hot stove. Let Buca do the cooking! That way everyone can focus on what’s really important at a family reunion… sharing old memories, creating some new ones and, of course, proving once and for all who the taller sibling is.
The Company That Eats Together….Book Business Luncheons Now!
Sometimes, the most exciting part of the work day is lunch… especially when that lunch consists of a trip to Buca di Beppo! Whether you and your co-workers just can’t decide where to eat today or you’ve got to entertain some customers for the afternoon, at Buca de Beppo Italian Restaurant, we turn business luncheons into exciting, appetizing events.
Choosing the Right Restaurant
One terribly common business lunch “faux pas” is setting up the meeting time without committing to a place. When this happens, you and your business associates run the risk of winding up somewhere less-than-conducive to a productive luncheon. Keep in mind that a lunch meeting is supposed to be a fun alternative to a typical mid-day meeting, not a supplement to it. At Buca, you and your colleagues can enjoy a hearty meal in a unique setting that’s not too casual, yet definitely not uptight. Our colorful restaurant interiors can make even the most serious kind of shop talk seem like scintillating conversation and our authentic menu can definitely make the work day more delicious!
The Company That Eats Together
With our eclectic décor and our many made-for-sharing dishes, a business outing to Buca di Beppo actively promotes team building and networking. Really, what bring people together better than food? Our decked out dining rooms feature comfortable booths as well as spacious communal tables for larger parties and our grand portions guarantee that nobody will leave lunch feeling like they’ll need another lunch break later. A lot of awesome appetizers are available during lunch and they’re perfect for business folk. They give you something to do before the main courses arrive and they allow you to split a menu item without any awkward plate-passing games. Buca Bruschetta with Roma tomatoes, mozzarella and balsamic presents a very tasty substitute to a run-of-the-mill bread basket while the Buca Trio Platter with calamari, mushrooms, cheese and marinara offers something for every taste. Entrée options include baked pastas, seafood specialties, vegetarian dishes and more.
When attempting to plan a business luncheon for an entire office, corporate catering is the easiest way to satisfy everyone and still save money as opposed to calling in individual meals. There are many benefits to catering a business function on company premises but with the wrong caterer, it’s easy to forget that. Fortunately, we have extensive experience catering in-office functions and our authentic Italian offerings are always a big hit. We’re able to deliver pasta pans to destinations within a 10-mile radius of our locations and a full-size version feeds up to 20 hungry businesspeople. We also provide serving ware, plates and utensils so you don’t need an on-site kitchen to serve Buca. Call us today to experience corporate catering that actually satisfies at your next business luncheon!
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