Celebrate National Pasta Day October 17th
Brush up on your pasta ABCs, then come to Buca to taste them all for yourself!
A—al dente: means “to the teeth” in Italian, describing the ideal consistency for pasta—firm, but not hard.
B— bolognese (ragù alla bolognese): is a tomato-based sauce originating from Bologna, Italy, made with ground pork, beef and pancetta.
C—campanelle: means “small bells,” this type of pasta is shaped like a cone with a ruffled edge and a hollow center for capturing sauce.
D—durum wheat: the hard wheat from which Italian pasta and the majority of American dry pastas are made.
E—elbow macaroni: short, curved semicircular tubes of pasta, most popular for macaroni and cheese and macaroni salad.
F—fettuccine: means “small ribbons,” created when flat sheets of pasta are cut into ribbon-shapes. Wider than linguine, this basic noodle pairs well with rich and creamy sauces.
G—gnocchi: Italian for dumplings, gnocchi has been a staple of northern and southern Italian cooking since the early 19th century.
H—homemade: from pasta to salads to desserts, Buca di Beppo always serves up heaping portions of homemade favorites.
I—Italy: pasta is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine, and loved throughout the world.
J—julienne: julienned vegetables are cut into long, thin strips and are often found in a variety of pasta dishes.
K—vitamin K: pasta is high in vitamin K, an essential nutrient that regulates blood clotting and transports calcium throughout the body.
L—lasagna/lasagne: singular “lasagna” are wide, flat sheets of pasta (possibly one of the oldest types of pasta) and “lasagne” is a layered dish featuring alternated layers of lasagna sheets, sauces, and other ingredients (such as meats and cheeses).
M— manicotti: means “muffs” or “sleeves” in Italian, manicotti are large, tube-shaped noodles.
N—noodles: Noodles can be made of wheat, rice, soybean, potato, a variety of other flours and ingredients. Italian noodles and pastas are always made from durum wheat flour.
O—orecchiette: means “little ears,” orecchiette work well with chunky meat and vegetable sauces.
P—penne: means “quills” or feather pens, these 2-inch straight tubes are cut on the diagonal to resemble the point of a quill.
Q—quadrucci: means “little squares,” this short-cut pasta is often used in soups.
R—ragù: a meat-based sauce created by adding meat to chopped onions, celery, carrots and seasonings and then simmering for a long time with tomato sauce.
S—spaghetti: means “lengths of cord,” this long, thin, round pasta is the number one pasta shape in America.
T—tortellini: small pasta stuffed with a variety of fillings and is also frequently served in Italian soups.
U—utensils: What’s the proper way to eat pasta? A fork and spoon or just a fork? At Buca di Beppo, we never judge, as a matter of fact some of our youngest diners simply use their hands!
V—vermicelli: means “little worms,” this round pasta is slightly thinner than spaghetti but thicker than angel hair.
W—whole grain pasta: whole grain pastas are available in brown rice, kamut, quinoa, soba (buckwheat), and spelt, and whole wheat.
X—X-shaped: farfalle pasta is described as x-shaped or bow-shaped.
Y—yeast: a necessary ingredient in Buca’s mouthwatering homemade bread, the perfect accompaniment to any pasta dish.
Z—ziti: means “bridegrooms,” in Italian vernacular, baked ziti is traditionally served at wedding banquets.
Pick your favorite from A to Z and celebrate National Pasta Day on October 17! At Buca we celebrate Pasta every day of the year!
4 Fun Ways to Celebrate Boss’s Day October 16th
Great bosses celebrate their workers’ achievements, but how often do bosses receive praise? A dedicated and caring boss works hard for their employees and their company every day. On October 16, give your boss a little positive recognition to thank them for their hard work.
Forget the organizational aspects of planning a potluck lunch—all those emails, the struggle of transporting everyone’s dishes, and hurt feelings when someone’s contribution is snubbed. With Buca catering everyone is happy! Our fantastic Celebration Packages and a la carte Party Pans arrive at your office ready to serve and we always provide the necessary details like utensils and plates. We can even accommodate various dietary allergies! Simply contact one of our catering specialists to help you with your catering order at 877-955-2822.
- Special Dinner at Buca
Get out of the office and mingle with your boss and colleagues somewhere besides the workplace. Come to your local Buca for a delicious, relaxed meal in a fun atmosphere. Enjoy selections straight from the kitchen, prepared by our talented chefs, and a waitstaff that will anticipate your every need.
- Coffee Break Awards Ceremony
Give awards to your bosses and managers. You can do serious awards or get a little silly. Brain storm some fun awards like Best Dressed or Biggest Coffee Drinker. Take a break to enjoy a dessert tray and beverages from Buca while handing out Buca gift cards to all the “winning” bosses.
- Team Card and Gift
A thoughtful card signed by employees is a simple way to celebrate Boss’ Day. Select a card that suits their personality, then have everyone sign it and add personal notes about why they are appreciated as a boss. Everyone can also chip in to get the boss a great gift—like a gift card to Buca di Beppo! Tuck the gift card inside signed card, gather the team and present it to your boss.
Boss’s Day + Buca = Perfect Pairing
Dine with us, pick up a To Go order, or let us cater your event. Everyone loves our delicious Italian offerings, from our crispy salads to comforting pasta dishes, Buca is everyone’s favorite! However you and your colleagues decide to celebrate Boss’ Day, be sure to invite Buca di Beppo. We will make your Boss’ Day event a fun, memorable occasion.
World Pasta Month is Here!
At Buca, we’re celebrating October in a big way because it is World Pasta Month! It’s no secret that we love pasta and we know that you do too. Americans consume more pasta than any other country in the world—6 billion pounds per year! Mamma mia!
To satisfy your pasta cravings, we are offering 4 delightfully adventurous new dishes through October 31st. Try one…or better yet—try them all!
- Campanelle Primavera: Looking for a vegetarian option or simply craving delicious fresh vegetables? Our Campanelle Primavera features campanelle pasta tossed with parmesan cheese, roasted Roma tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, onions, roasted red peppers, spinach, cannellini beans, and garlic.
- Spicy Orecchiette al Sugo: Want a hearty dish with a spicy kick? Our Spicy Orecchiette al Sugo features a homemade spicy ragu made of mild Italian sausage, yellow onions, baby portobello mushrooms, tomatoes, garlic, and pepperoncini tossed with orecchiette pasta and topped with parmesan
- Creamy Short Rib Orecchiette: Craving a comforting dish full of slow-cooked flavors? Our Creamy Short Rib Orecchiette features slow-braised pulled short ribs, baby portobello mushrooms, red onions, and orecchiette pasta tossed with white wine cream sauce and topped with fire-roasted tomatoes and parmesan
- Baked Chicken Campanelle: Ready for a comforting classic with an Italian flair? Our Baked Chicken Campanelle features rosemary chicken breasts and campanelle pasta tossed in our homemade marinara sauce with roasted Roma tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and onions, then topped with ricotta cream sauce.
Dine with Us
Come to your favorite local Buca to enjoy our special limited-time Italian dishes and all of your classic favorites. Relax while our attentive waitstaff and talented chefs take care of everything you need.
Let Us Bring the Party to You
From an informal get together of your friends and family to a corporate luncheon and any occasion in between, Buca catering is the best in the business. We take care of all the details so you don’t have to!
Grab Our Special Dishes and Your Buca Favorites To Go
Pick up a variety of our special pasta offerings and some of your classic favorites on your way home from work or on your way to an event. Simply give us a call to place your order and we’ll have your selections ready for you at your requested time, so you can pick up and be on your way.
Don’t miss out on our four fabulous, limited-time pasta dishes. Come to your favorite Buca to dine with us, or call to place a catering or To Go order today!
Buca is Sending Two Lucky Guests to Northern Italy!
Buca wants to share our love of Italy with you! We are giving away a trip to gorgeous Northern Italy and all you have to do to win is vote on the featured Buca pasta dishes of the month!
Imagine yourself gliding down Venice’s Grand Canal by gondola or vaporetto (water bus) or touring landmarks such as the grand Palazzo Ducale, the Teatro alla Scala, El Duomo, and the Palazzo Vecchio Basilica di San Marco. Then do some world-class shopping at the Rialto Market or the fashionable Quadrilatero della Moda (Rectangle of Gold).
Art and Architecture
Italy is known for its considerable architectural achievements including the Colosseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The country is also home to some of the best museums and art galleries in the world, such as the Uffizi (featuring Botticelli, Rembrandt, and Caravaggio to name a few) and the Accademia Gallery which features Michelangelo’s David. Many times, art and architecture overlap, as is the case with the Santa Maria delle Grazie church, where you can view Leonardo Da Vinci’s original fresco depicting The Last Supper or the 15th century Castello Sforzesco, home to the Rondanini Pietà, Michelangelo’s final and unfinished masterpiece.
Food and Drink
After all that sightseeing and shopping, you’ll be hungry for Italy’s delicious delicacies. As the world’s top wine producer, the country offers plentiful options for sipping. Many dishes will feature olive oil and fresh fruits and vegetables (especially artichokes and tomatoes). In Italy, you will find yourself treated like family in most restaurants—just like we do at your local Buca! You’ll find a variety of delicious local cuisines at the many local trattorias sprinkled throughout the region, perfect to relax and sample the day’s specials while watching the world go by.
Win a Custom Trip to Italy from Buca
Northern Italy charms visitors with legendary art, architecture, and food. Full of amazing scenery and adventures, you will have no shortage of places to visit and things to do. Enter to win a customized 6-day trip to Northern Italy for you and one guest. Simply vote for your favorite featured Buca pasta dish of the month at BucaPastaMonth.com and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a trip to Italy!
- round trip coach class international air transport for the winner and one guest
- 5 nights lodging for 2 at sponsor-selected hotel(s) (based on double occupancy)
- Ground transfers to/from airports
- Plus, various culinary tours and classes
No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of United States and DC who are 21+ at the time of entry.
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