Buca di Beppo’s Top Asked Questions About Our Banquet Space, Answered Here Now!
Question: What sort of setting or atmosphere can I expect for my banquet?
Answer: The greatest part about having Buca di Beppo host your event is the Italian flair we add to every gathering. When you have an event with us, you get the spirit of Italian culture with dishes served family-style and portions that are ideal for sharing with family and friends. Whether you are planning a large banquet or intimate gathering, our fun and festive semi-private dining rooms are comfortable and inviting. Decorated with vintage photographs, whimsical statues and colorful artwork, the eclectic décor along with our high-energy staff and lively music guarantees guests of all ages will be entertained.
Ready to start planning your event? Reserve your banquet room here.
Question: What sort of banquet events do you accommodate?
Answer: Here at Buca, we love any reason to celebrate and have a good time! From corporate parties honoring colleagues to team-building and employee appreciation dinners, we provide a relaxed atmosphere for your next office party. We are also the top choice for school events such as sports team and club banquets as well as teacher appreciation dinners, senior parties, homecomings, and proms. We love to celebrate, so think of us for your next birthday, graduation, anniversary, retirement, holiday party, or any other event that calls for magnificent food in a fun setting.
Question: What about weddings?
Answer: Buca di Beppo is a top venue for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and wedding receptions. Celebrate your big day with family and friends by allowing us to host your special event. With so many decisions being made and details to fret over, we can help you worry about one less thing. Whether it is hosting a shower, feeding your bridal party before the wedding, or all of your guests after you say “I do,” we work with you to make your event exactly what you envisioned. Let us share in your special day by providing you and your guests a memorable and delicious experience.
Question: What menu options are available?
Answer: Our wonderfully diverse menu is loaded with a variety of Italian favorites to satisfy all your guests’ tastes: salads, pastas, meatballs, and desserts. Whether you want your selections to be heavy on meatballs and sausage, or prefer a fully vegetarian feast with eggplant parmesan and a variety of salads, we can make it happen. With dozens of options to choose from, you can design a menu specific to your event and needs. We also accommodate various additional dietary restrictions such as gluten-free with a choice of menu options.
Question: I’m not sure exactly what I need. Do you offer banquet planning assistance?
Answer: Absolutely! We would love to offer advice and assistance and can help you with every aspect of planning your banquet. Our skilled team is able to work with any budget and meet a wide variety of needs. Contact one of our sales managers or use the online form to reserve your banquet room and start planning today. At Buca di Beppo, we are dedicated to making your celebration perfect, from the planning stage right through to the last bite.
Ready to start planning your event? Reserve your banquet room here.
It’s Not Too Early To Plan For The Holidays
The children have started a new school year and the leaves are just starting to turn. But rather than focusing solely on the season at hand, it is necessary to begin looking ahead. Autumn may have only just begun but the holiday season is fast approaching and it’s not too early to start thinking about your holiday parties. Whether you are planning parties for your friends at our restaurant, your family at home, or your co-workers at the office, we can help you make it the event everyone will be talking about all season.
The fun, festive semi-private dining rooms at all of our restaurants are uniquely decorated, comfortable, and inviting. Guests share family-style dishes, bringing a warm, friendly vibe to the group with plates to please even the most picky eater. The great atmosphere paired with our delicious Italian cuisine and wonderful wait staff will ensure that you have a perfect party. Plus the added bonus of no clean-up!
Maybe you want to cater your party at your office, home, or event space due to size or convenience? We can meet your needs for size, diverse menu options for multiple diets, and all the details. From desserts and beverages to silverware and napkins, we can supply it all so you can spend more time with your guests.
To begin planning for your holiday events, consider a few questions about each event:
- How many people will be attending?
- What is the date and time of your party?
- Where will your party take place?
- Will you be including options for those with dietary restrictions?
- What sort of setting will your party have? Serious and formal or lighthearted and fun?
After assessing your needs, contact your local sales manager or fill out the form on our website to get started. A member of our team will make suggestions and assist you from your initial planning stage up until your party. We can accommodate any event or budget regardless of size but don’t wait until it’s too late. We are so excited to help you organize a great party but as the holidays approach (and they creep up quickly) you run a greater risk of unavailability at our locations or inability to accommodate large groups on specific days the later in the year you wait to finalize.
A little advanced preparation now will keep your party (and the days and weeks leading up to your gathering) stress-free. This year, instead of worrying about what you will cook for the holidays, partner with a member of our sales team to begin planning your perfect holiday gathering. Whether you join us at one of our restaurants or we bring our delicious dishes to you, let us handle the food so you can focus on having fun with your friends and family. Begin your holiday party planning today and as your event approaches you will be relieved to know that together you and the staff at Buca di Beppo have got it covered!
Declare Your Independence with Catering from Buca!
The Fourth should be a celebration of all our wonderful freedoms here in America, like the freedom to eat the foods we love! This year, declare your independence for Independence Day hot dogs and barbeque by enjoying a delicious meal from Buca di Beppo at your 1776-style party!
Our large Party Pans, available for pick-up, feed up to 20 hungry party-goers and our pre-set celebratory catering package offers our customers an affordable option for a multiple course catered meal. The basic package includes salad, two pasta entrée choices, homemade bread and free disposable plates and utensils. You could also build your own custom catering package with full trays, half trays, drinks and desserts. For the Fourth of July, we recommend a healthy combination of classic Italian-American dishes and unexpected summer delicacies!
Chopped Antipasto Salad – Our chopped antipasto salad just might be the most sure-to-satisfy salad of all time. This flavorful salad features slices of pepperoni, red onions, pepperoncini peppers, cucumbers, Roma tomatoes, Kalamata olives and green olives. Already sounds good, right? And we haven’t even gotten to the cheeses. This most impressive insalate also has chopped provolone, fresh feta and crumbled gorgonzola plus a hearty drizzle of our signature Italian vinaigrette. If you must have a salad on an all-American holiday weekend, make it this one.
Penne alla Vodka – In no way is pasta a conventional July Fourth entrée but the United States has never been a very conventional country. Embrace the unconventionality of it all with Buca di Beppo’s Penne alla Vodka – a simple pasta dish that’s all about the sauce. Perfectly cooked penne pasta tossed with garlic, roma tomatoes, crushed red pepper and creamy vodka rosa sauce makes up this memorable entrée.
Fettucine Supremo – Fettucine Alfredo as become a staple dish for many American cooks. The catering chefs here at Buca di Beppo kick that classic up a notch by topping it with chicken breast, broccoli and red bell peppers in this appetizing pasta creation.
Macaroni and Cheese – Macaroni and cheese is a backyard barbecue favorite which makes it an obvious choice for any Fourth of July shindig. This year, when you order mac and cheese from Buca, you can enjoy a summertime fave without first having to cook it yourself.
Cookies and Brownies – For dessert, it doesn’t get much more American than chocolate chip cookies and decadent brownies. Ordering a dessert tray for your Independence Day party will ensure that everyone stays tided over before the fireworks begin!
Celebrate 4th of July with Catering from Buca di Beppo!
Banquet Room Space Available for Your Event
Thanks to our special private banquet rooms, our restaurants are always party-ready. Buca di Beppo is the perfect place if you are looking for a banquet-style venue that can accommodate any size group and has a menu diverse enough to please to everybody involved. Our family-friendly restaurants are the perfect backdrop to gather, unwind and enjoy a very delizioso meal. With platters of antipasti and pasta entrées meant to share and able to feed four or more, it’s easy to satisfy large parties at Buca di Beppo. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, a personal achievement or perhaps some upcoming nuptials we have everything you need for an awesome event already in our restaurant!
Before any food arrives at your table, you and your guests will be wowed by Buca’s incredible atmosphere. Our restaurants are elaborately decorated with lots of framed photos, vintage posters, café lights and carved fountains. Our banquet room interiors combine the look of an authentic Italian bistro with your favorite neighborhood hangout. This setup is sure to put your guests at ease even before the celebratory Chianti is uncorked!
In terms of what you and your guests should order at your event (besides a refreshing Italian wine), we always recommend appetizers such as basil-topped Mozzarella Caprese or fresh, crusty Galric Bread to help tide everybody over until the well-portioned entrées arrive. In terms of pastas and other main courses, we’ve got chicken, seafood, veal, vegetarian dishes like Eggplant Parmigiana and more. Finally, no banquet event is complete without dessert such as our chocolate-drizzled Cannoli or hazelnut Tiramisu made with mascarpone, espresso, rum and homemade ladyfingers.
Most Buca di Beppo dining rooms have a theme so that you can choose which room best complements your event. We have a Pope Room with a large round table, a Chef’s Table for foodie events, a wine room for vino enthusiasts and a poster room for those looking for classic Italian details. When you reserve a banquet room or one of Buca di Beppo’s charming themed-rooms 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 event attendees have a dazzling time!
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 Almost Out – Time To Party!
School’s out for summer! Well, almost, anyway, and the students aren’t the only ones who are about to put another year of hard work behind them. If your child is tired of waking up early and grueling end-of-the-year test taking, just imagine how the teachers must feel! Teaching is a demanding and often underappreciated profession so before students and teachers part ways for good this year, why not show those awesome educators you care with a Buca gift card or a specially planned event at Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant?
Order your teacher a Buca di Beppo restaurant gift card here
Appreciation Gift Card Ideas
With staff meetings, parent and teacher conferences, grading and, from time to time, actually teaching, we’re surprised that teachers ever find time to get a nice meal in during the school year. Summertime means time for a wholesome meal! A Buca di Beppo Gift Card, able to be redeemed at any Buca restaurant, is the teacher gift teachers really want because our family-style Italian dinners are sure to satisfy and our eclectic atmosphere is sure help a hardworking teacher unwind after a long year. Gift cards and e-gifts come in values starting at $10 and going up to $200 and they have no expiration date or service fees – perfect for teachers’ flexible summer schedules! Give a small gift certificate individually or coordinate with your class to give something that’ll make a bit more of an impact. Group gifts at the end of the school year are affordable and efficient. If every student in a class of 20 gives $5, for example, a $100 gift card that could keep your teacher well-fed for days doesn’t have to be a major expense.
How to Throw an End of the Year Appreciation Party
Rather than giving a gift basket or a gift card, why not throw all the teachers of your favorite grade or subject a memorable mid-May bash with a catered buffet from Buca di Beppo? Whether at school or a private venue, our carry out party pans make feeding a hungry crowd as easy as 1-2-3. We’ll even deliver as long as the End of the Year party site is within 10 miles of the restaurant. One pasta pan from Buca di Beppo feeds up to 20 so two pans, garlic bread and a salad could easily feed a large party of teachers, teaching assistants and other faculty. Baked Ziti and Alfredo dishes are always hits. Just don’t forget a dessert tray! Call or visit our catering page now to put in your order!
Father’s Day with La Famiglia
Stateside, we celebrate Father’s Day in June. This year, Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 21, to be exact, but In Italy as well as Spain and Portugal fathers are honored on Saint Joseph’s Day. Saint Joseph Day occurs on March 19 or March 20 depending on when Palm Sunday is. It is the principal feast day of Saint Joseph, husband of Mary. The feast always falls during the season of Lent meaning it’s traditionally a day of abstinence for Catholic Italians. When it comes to food, Saint Joseph Day tables are typically covered with meatless dishes. By no means does this make the meals boring, however. Overseas, a real Saint Joseph’s Day meal isn’t complete without a round of cookies or zeppole which are like little Italian donuts. Savory dishes often feature a yummy topping made of bread crumbs which symbolically stand for saw dust since Joseph was a carpenter. This year, consider taking a page from the Italians’ book and celebrating Father’s Day with some of these traditional dishes…
Mussels are ideal Father’s Day antipasti and since they’re seafood, Italians can eat them during their Father’s Day celebrations, too. Our Mussels Marinara make good use of our homemade marinara sauce in an unexpected way. If you’re new to mollusks or just unsure about dousing them in an herbaceous tomato sauce, you could also try Buca di Beppo’s Mussels Bianca which come in a mild yet satisfying white wine garlic butter broth.
Baked Ziti is one of our most popular Buca di Beppo dishes. We like to think any dad would love it, despite it being a meatless pasta specialty! Our show-stopping Baked Ziti comes with mozzarella, provolone, rosa sauce and plenty of creamy ricotta and flavor-packed Italian-style bread crumbs on top. In other words, it’s all ready for a Saint Joseph’s Day-inspired Father’s Day dinner! Our large Baked Ziti feeds up to four or more and, because it’s baked, it comes to your table with a melty, golden-brown top. You’ll find that the whole dish stays warm and cheesy from start to finish!
What man wouldn’t love shrimp in June? The Buca di Beppo menu has several shrimp options but for Father’s Day we’re somewhat partial to our Shrimp Florentine. Buca Shrimp Florentine is a massive bowl of linguine tossed with garlicky shrimp, buttery sauce, fresh spinach and Roma tomatoes. Most dads tell us it’s downright delizioso!
For dessert, share a Dolce Platter with Dad
We mentioned how the Italians like to bring multiple desserts to their Father’s Day feasts. We don’t know why Americans shouldn’t do the same! Our impressive Dolce Platter includes four different desserts for you and your family to fight over: Tiramisu, Double Dark Chocolate Cake, Homemade Cheesecake and Italian Crème Cake. The traditional crème cake is truly the centerpiece of the festive platter with six layers of lemon cake, mascarpone cheese filling, raspberry sauce and whipped cream topping.
Make Her Mother’s Day at Buca
With everything mothers do for their families, we think all moms deserve a two-week vacation in Italy! Of course, not all moms would be able to take that much time off from, well, being a mom. They can, however, take a trip to Italy for a day when they dine at Buca di Beppo !
This Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, bring your mom to Buca for lunch or supper and let our staff pamper her a little. Lots of moms out there hardly even get a chance to sit down to eat most nights. They’re too busy preparing everybody else’s plates, cleaning their kitchen and making sure everybody has everything they want for their own meal. It’s about time somebody did the same for her. And that’s just what happens when you come to Buca di Beppo, anytime during Mother’s Day weekend!
At Buca, your mama will have her choice of Italian classics. They’ll taste home cooked… but she didn’t have to cook any of them! Start your Mother’s Day celebration off right with some of our toasty bread and a big Insalate for the table. Don’t forget to order some of our specialty sangria to help mom de-stress! After you’ve enjoyed a delicious salad course, it’ll be time for some shareable Italian entrées. Mother’s Day is a time for moms to indulge in whatever they want. Spaghetti and half-pound meatballs with a side of Margherita pizza and cannoli for dessert? She can have it! And she can have it all in a setting that looks like a quaint Sicilian bistro. Book your table ahead of time and you could enjoy an entertaining meal at our Kitchen Table – a private table that gives our guests a glance into the hustle and bustle of our kitchen. Wherever you’re seated, you and your mother are sure to have a fantastic time on your mini-vacation to Italy!
Now let’s review with a handy list. We’ve got five good reasons why you should choose Buca for your Mother’s Day celebration!
1. Our super staff – At some point, every mother has been a chef, a waitress and a dishwasher… all in one night. Give her an unforgettable night off and let our staff take care of everything!
2. Our very tasty Italian creations – If your mom favors freshness or has a passion for pasta, Buca di Beppo is the place for her. We make each of our dishes with fresh ingredients and a molto grande dose of Italian flair!
3. Our family-style entrée sizes – Mother’s Day is most definitely about mothers… but it’s also about families! All moms want to see their families come together on Mother’s Day and our large, meant-for-sharing entrées make that happen.
4. Our authentically Italian ambience – When you bring your mom to Buca, she gets to dine in a fun, comfortable environment, surrounded by Italian knick-knacks and festive, eclectic décor. She might even forget she’s still in USA!
5. Because she deserves it – This may be the most important reason to take mom out for Mother’s Day! Call and reserve your table today!
Hop Over to Buca for Easter
We consider the smallest victories cause to celebrate so you can imagine our excitement when an actual holiday rolls around – especially a holiday as important as Easter! Throughout Italy, Easter is a very big deal so at Buca di Beppo, we do it up right with familiar Italian favorites, flavorful new creations and decadent desserts. On Easter Sunday, we want you to be able to focus on what matters most and not on what’s cooking in your oven or how many dishes you have to wash. When you dine in or order out with us this Easter, all that’s left for you to do is sit back and get ready to feast.
Enjoy an Easter Out
Easter is one of the happiest days of the year! Beautiful spring weather has begun, everyone wears colorful outfits and the Easter bunny comes to visit. Buca di Beppo has the festive atmosphere to match this joyous occasion. Bring the whole family (that means the aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents, too!) to Buca for lunch after church or later in the day for a big Sunday dinner. We have tables for groups of all sizes and entrées large enough to pass around the table and still have some left for seconds.
Our fresh, authentic dishes are made to order and our menu has something for everyone. Start your Easter meal with garlic bread and a green salad then move on to the very shareable main course. One large entrée at Buca feeds four people. You can order just a couple of pastas for the table or downsize your entrées to sample a little of everything. The typical Easter dinner centers around a fine Easter ham. This year, substitute that ham for thinly sliced prosciutto with our Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken or spicy Italian sausage with our impressive sausage, spinach and ricotta-filled Stuffed Shells or go coastal with our Linguine & Clams, only available for a short time. Traditionally, Italian families have fancy chocolates and cakes on Easter. That means you’re definitely going to need an elaborate dessert! We have rich Italian Creme lemon cake, carefully layered Tiramisu and even a massive Mt. Vesuvius chocolate cake.
Take Home a Classic
If your idea of the perfect Easter is a casual meal at home with family, we’re happy to accommodate all your at-home catering needs! Our Party Pans feed up to 20 and feature many of most loved dishes including our huge meatballs and our saucy Baked Ziti. They can even be filled with salads or desserts. Plus, all to-go orders come with all the napkins, plates, serving spoons and disposable silverware you could need. Start planning your private Easter celebration by reserving your Party Pans today!
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