Layers of Love: Buca di Beppo Lasagna
We love when you visit us at our restaurants and let us cater your events, but we know that sometimes you want to make a delicious dinner at home. So we decided that we want to share our legendary lasagna recipe with you! Whether you are cooking for company, a romantic dinner, or a family meal, this recipe is sure to please. Our abundant combination of noodles, sauce, meat, and cheese melt into a bubbly tray of goodness that will make your kitchen smell heavenly and have everyone’s mouth-watering. Add a simple salad, some crusty bread, and your favorite beverage and you have a hearty meal sure to satisfy the biggest appetites and the pickiest of eaters.
1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
1 whole beaten egg
1/2 tablespoon chopped parsley
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 box lasagna noodles
3/4 cup marinara sauce
1 1/2 cups Italian cheese blend
2 teaspoons Parmesan cheese
2 cups meat sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine ricotta cheese, beaten egg, minced garlic, and chopped parsley in a bowl to make the ricotta filling. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions and drain.
Spread 1/4 cup of marinara sauce in bottom of pan. Cover marinara sauce with one layer of lasagna noodles. Evenly spread 3/4 cup of the ricotta filling on the pasta sheet. Sprinkle 1/4 cup Italian cheese blend over the ricotta filling. Cover the cheese with a layer of lasagna noodles and even out the filling under the noodles gently with your hands. Ladle 1 cup of meat sauce over the pasta sheet and spread it evenly over the pasta. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese evenly over the sauce. Cover with a layer of lasagna noodles. Evenly spread 3/4 cup of the ricotta filling over the noodles. Top ricotta filling with 1/4 cup Italian cheese blend. Cover the cheese with another layer of noodles and even out the filling under the noodles gently with your hands. Ladle 1 cup of meat sauce over the noodles. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese evenly over the sauce.
Wrap top of pan with two layers of aluminum foil. Bake for 1 hour, 25 minutes. Remove from oven, uncover and evenly pour 1/2 cup marinara sauce over the top. Sprinkle 1 cup Italian cheese blend over top. Return to oven for an additional 5 minutes to melt the cheese. Remove from oven and let rest 20 minutes before serving. Garnish with chopped parsley, serve, and enjoy!
Ring in the New Year with Reservations at Buca di Beppo
What better way to close out a year and begin anew than with a delicious meal? Buca di Beppo is the perfect choice for whatever you may be planning this New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Visit us for fun and great food as we say goodbye to 2015 and welcome 2016!
Planning on going out as a family? Give the chefs of your family a break and let us take care of everyone. Our eclectic atmosphere and friendly staff will put every member of your family at ease regardless of age. We cater to multiple dietary restrictions, so don’t worry if your family includes members who are gluten-free, vegetarian, or lactose-intolerant. Our extensive menu guarantees that everyone is sure to find the perfect selection.
Planning on getting active? Before you head out for a midnight fun run or to hit the lanes bowling, fuel up with an Apple Gorgonzola Salad or load up on carbohydrates with our Spicy Chicken Rigatoni. Our Supremo Italiano pizza will give you all the energy you need for your all night dance marathon.
Planning a date night? Our servers will cater to your every need and our chefs will prepare exquisite appetizers, entrees, and desserts for your special evening. Order a bottle of wine from our wine list or let one of our bartenders mix a cocktail to accompany your Bruschetta and Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken.
Heading to watch a ball drop? Come fill your bellies before spending what could be hours on your feet. After your meal be sure to indulge in our decadent desserts like Tiramisu and Italian Creme Cake.
New Year’s Day requires just as much celebrating as New Year’s Eve. Before you head out to the movies or a day full of shopping, visit us for a lunch full of all your favorites. Maybe on New Year’s Day you like to sleep in, watch football all day, and take down your holiday decorations. In that case, plan on visiting us a bit later in the day for a delicious dinner.
We will be open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.* so no matter your plans, we will be here serving our family-style, Italian-inspired favorites just like every other day of the year. Space is filling up quickly so make your reservation today to spend part of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with us.
It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Cocktails
Have you ever found yourself playing bartender at your own party or blowing your budget trying to set up a full bar because you weren’t sure what everyone would want to drink? This year, offer your guests a single signature cocktail to accompany a few basics such as beer, wine, eggnog, and champagne. Offer an array of seasonal fruits and sweets such as apples, oranges, cranberries, crushed cookies, cinnamon sticks, and candy canes to mix up multiple variations of all of your offerings, including your special concoction. Be sure to also offer at least one non-alcoholic option such as hot chocolate for guests who don’t imbibe or are driving. Whether you think a refreshing cocktail, dessert martini, seasonal punch, or hot cider is the best fit for your festive gathering, we have a few recipes to help you add sparkle to your event.
Pomegranate Gin Fizz
2 oz gin
1 splash fresh lemon juice
2 splashes pomegranate juice
Club soda, chilled
Mix gin, lemon juice, and pomegranate juice in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously then pour liquid and ice into glass. Top mix with club soda, stir gently, and add garnish.
Pumpkin Pie Martini
1/2 oz vanilla flavored vodka
1 oz pumpkin spice flavored liqueur
1/2 oz coffee flavored liqueur
1/2 oz butterscotch flavored liqueur
1/2 oz half and half
Wet rim of large martini glass and then dip wetted rim into crushed graham crackers. Add all liquids to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain mix into graham cracker rimmed martini glass.
1 ounce vanilla flavored vodka
1 1/2 ounces dark chocolate liqueur
1 1/2 ounces milk
1/2 ounce chocolate syrup
Wet rim of large martini glass and then dip wetted rim into crushed chocolate cookies. Add all liquids to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain mix into chocolate cookie rimmed martini glass.
Sweet Seasonal Punch
5 cups chilled orange juice
2 cups chilled lemon-lime soft drink
1 1/2 cups vodka
1/2 cup maraschino cherry juice
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl. Ladle punch into glasses containing a few cherries.
White Cranberry Citrus Punch
1 bottle chilled sparkling wine
1 bottle chilled Riesling
1 1/2 cups chilled light white cranberry juice
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 thinly sliced orange
Combine wines and juice in a large punch bowl. Add orange slices and cranberries. Ladle punch into glasses and garnish.
Warm Spiked Apple Cider
6 cups apple cider
4 cups apple brandy
3 cups fresh lemon juice
6 tbs pure maple syrup
Add ingredients to slow cooker on low 2-3 hours before serving. Switch setting to warm once liquid has fully heated.These tried and true recipes are sure to be a successful addition to any party you are hosting this holiday season. If you prefer to leave all drink making to the professionals, come to your nearby Buca di Beppo and let our experienced bartenders treat you to one of their specialties.
Don’t Forget to Invite Buca to Your New Year’s Eve Celebration
The last days of 2015 are flying off the calendar at lightning pace and 2016 is fast approaching. Television commercials are promoting New Year’s Eve celebrations and you are asked by everyone what you will be doing to celebrate. Lots of people love the thrill of being out and about on New Year’s Eve, but the late night event isn’t for everyone. Maybe this year you’ve decided to stay in with your extended family, your kids, a group of friends, or a special someone. We’ve got some ideas of how your personal New Year’s Eve celebration can outshine any public event.
If you are inviting friends or family over, send out invitations. No need to be fancy, a simple invite stating the time and theme (formal, pajama party) for the evening will get invitees excited. If time allows, mail your invitations but if you are looking to be eco-friendly or find yourself short on time, online invitations work just as well.
Often New Year’s Eve is viewed as an adults only event but that doesn’t have to be the case for your party. Have a family campout in the living room with sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals. Watch movies, play games, and let the kids (try to) stay up until midnight. Depending on each child’s age, ask them questions such as “What was your favorite book this year?” or “Where is your favorite place you visited this year?” Record their answers and store them somewhere safe to read in the future or put them in a time capsule with a few other small remembrances of the past year.
Gather your friends and read everyone’s horoscopes and make predictions as to where everyone will be in 5, 10, and 25 years. Play “guess the resolution” where everyone writes their resolution on a slip of paper and drops it into a bowl, then each person draws a slip and has to guess who’s resolution it is. Ask reflection questions such as “What was my biggest surprise this year?” and “What was my biggest obstacle this year?” Write future letters to yourselves that you will all agree to read next New Year’s Eve.
With any event that lasts all evening, everyone is sure to be hungry. The perfect solution is to pick up, or have Buca deliver, a few fabulous party platters. Whether you’re having a midnight dinner or an early meal with lots of snacking all evening, we have the delicious Italian-inspired dishes that will ring in the New Year on a happy note for everyone. Either set your table with your best china or huddle around the television and use the plastic utensils and plates that we provide with every order. At the stroke of midnight bang pots and pans, blow your noisemakers, toast your champagne and give someone a kiss. Then have a midnight snack of a bit more Buca!
We’d love to be invited to your New Year’s Eve party! Our New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day hours are 11 A.M. through 10 P.M. (Buca Times Square will close early New Year’s Eve.) Call your local Buca di Beppo today to arrange the perfect menu for your New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day celebrations.
December is a big month for traveling and one of the top destinations in the United States for year-end getaways is Florida. While cold weather blankets most of the country, The Sunshine State is a warm, welcoming wonderland. With thousands of activities and attractions, it is easy to see why many families migrate to this southern peninsula. Some of the biggest draws are Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Studios, Epcot, the Kennedy Space Center, and Legoland, but these are only a few of the fun attractions and events the state offers.
With 9 Buca di Beppo restaurants throughout the state of Florida, there is a Buca to greet you after every one of your adventures or to fuel you up before you head out for your next one. Visit us in Ft. Myers before a wildlife cruise, after you’ve built up an appetite shopping at Coconut Point, or take a few Buca entrees to make a picnic and watch the Christmas boat parade. Tour Tallahassee on a Segway, then join us for dinner before you head to the symphony or to watch the Tallahassee Ballet perform The Nutcracker. Enjoy outdoor ice skating at Winter in the Park in Orlando’s Central Park West Meadow then rent one of the city’s bright orange Juice bicycles, or if you’re worn out from all those fancy ice skating spins, take a pedicab to dinner. Our Naples location is the perfect place to “carb up” before participating in a Reindeer Run, or to relax after visiting the zoo and botanical gardens. Check out the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey and then race each other on go-karts in Maitland. After all that activity you’re sure to have built up an appetite. Catch a game at EverBank Field or Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville. Whether your team wins or loses, Buca is the perfect place to rehash the game’s top plays. After a day spent in Coral Springs’ museum but before a night out at the theatre, enjoy a shared plate of pasta with your sweetheart. Be bowled over by color at the Flamingo Gardens and Butterfly Pavilion in Davie then enjoy our restaurant’s colorful scenery. Discuss all you learned at Boynton Beach’s nature center and wildlife refuge over drinks at our fully stocked bar.
Florida is full of adventures and whether your day’s itinerary includes theme parks, strolling on the beach, golfing, or tours, Buca is the perfect answer for “What’s for dinner?” Come to one of our 9 Florida locations, where our family style meals will always satisfy your hungry crowd. During your Florida travels, come see your Buca family and tell us about your “fun in the sun” adventures.
Come Celebrate Christmas With Us!
Christmas is right around the corner and while it is an exciting time of year, it is also an exhausting one. You’ve battled the crowds at the mall and packed your schedule full of activities. Everyone is racking up travel miles, from guests arriving from out of town to you and your family heading off for relatives’ homes near and far. It’s easy to get caught in the holiday whirlwind. Now add to your list: make Christmas dinner for everyone.
Does the thought of preparing another giant meal so soon after Thanksgiving stress you out? Were you scrubbing dishes for hours? Maybe your attempt at deep-frying the turkey didn’t go over so well? Instead of planning another elaborate menu, this year you should make everyone’s favorite: reservations at Buca di Beppo! We will be open Christmas Eve from 11 A.M to 9 P.M. and Christmas Day from 11 A.M. to 10 P.M. so whatever your holiday plans, be sure to stop by and celebrate with us.
Come let us feed you like family. Our Italian-inspired dishes are created with fresh ingredients by our master chefs. Which means you don’t have to spend time in the hot kitchen and can instead relax comfortably at a table surrounded by your family and friends. Our knowledgeable staff will wait on you and ensure that your drink is never empty and your meal is exactly as you request. While we aren’t offering deep-fried turkey, we are serving our entire menu complete with the best house-made bread around. The only decisions you will have to make are which of our delicious, family-style entrees you should order. Of course, you can’t forget dessert! If there’s anytime in the year when it is practically mandatory to have dessert, it’s Christmas. When you finish happily indulging in all of your favorites, head out to go to your next event or home to take a nap with no worries about who is on dish duty. Doesn’t that sound like a perfect meal from beginning to end? No planning, cooking, or dishes!
Celebrate Christmas with all of your regular family traditions, but this year add us to your list of festivities. We are always having a party at Buca, so why should Christmas be any different? Come join us by calling your nearby Buca location to make your reservation, or “Buc-a” table on our website.
Add Buca di Beppo Catering to Your Christmas List
Christmas is coming! Out of town guests are visiting, offices are celebrating, and children are performing. Don’t forget the parades, tree-lighting ceremonies, religious celebrations, and holiday markets. Whew! It’s a whirlwind! While the Yuletide season brings lots of warm gatherings with family and friends, it doesn’t bring any extra time to your busy schedule. Rather than spending your precious time and energy organizing menus and gathering ingredients, let Buca di Beppo take care of one or several of your holiday meals so you can spend more time celebrating.
Are you planning on making one big holiday meal but have no idea what to do for the other days your guests are visiting? Chose a few of our delicious entrees and make an informal buffet while you and your guests share stories and play games. Do you want to try something new for your Christmas meal this year? Try mixing in a few Buca classics with your family’s traditional dishes to give your meal an Italian flair. Are you looking for an alternative to another office pot luck? Create a Christmas lunch spread for you and your coworkers featuring your favorite Buca selections. Are you hosting a cocktail party or your holiday book club? Our hors d’oeuvres and appetizers will complement your signature holiday drinks and our desserts pair perfectly with coffee and book talk. Whatever event you have on your agenda, Buca di Beppo can help you to make it even more special this year.
Whether you’re feeding a dozen people or a hundred, no gathering is too big or too small for us to cater. From starters and salads to main courses and desserts, let us provide your Christmas gatherings with our delicious Italian specialties so you can focus on your family and friends. Are you concerned about specific dietary needs? No worries, we offer vegetarian, vegan, low fat, and gluten-free to accommodate everyone at your event. Place an order by giving us a call or filling out our online order form. We can work with you to create the catering package that works for you and your event. We have lots of great suggestions for working with budgets, suggestions regarding delivery or pick-up, and can answer any question about catering that you may have. We even provide you with plastic plates, utensils, and napkins with every order so you don’t need to worry about dirty dishes or remembering additional items to bring to events outside your home. We love helping you enjoy your holidays by doing what we do best: preparing mouth-watering family-style Italian dishes for your celebrations.
This Christmas, spend your time enjoying every event in your jam-packed calendar and leave the cooking to us. With special holiday hours: Christmas Eve 11 a.m. – 9 P.M and Christmas Day 11 A.M. – 10 P.M. we can help you feed everyone everyday this month. Whether you’re planning a Christmas dinner at home, a meal for your staff, or any other gathering this season, let Buca di Beppo cater it so you can spend more time enjoying it!
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