“Create Your Own Pasta” Answers the Question “What’s for Dinner?”
How many times have you tried to prepare a “quick, easy” recipe only to find that it takes longer than expected or you’re missing a vital ingredient? Being short on time with everyone hungry can lead to the makings of a meal time meltdown. Take the stress out of dinner tonight by creating your own pasta dishes at Buca.
In honor of World Pasta Month, Buca is serving up multiple, mouthwatering made-to-order entrée options the entire month of October. Allow our chefs to create for you a perfectly personalized pasta dish. Start with your choice of the best quality spaghetti, linguine penne, rigatoni, or cavatappi, then top it with a freshly made marinara, alfredo, garlic olive oil, rosa, pesto, or meat sauce. Fill your dish with color by mixing in up to three different market-fresh vegetables. Diced roma tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, artichokes, sautéed mushrooms, broccoli, spinach, green peas, and sliced red onions add texture and crunch to your creation. Finally, pick a delicious, perfectly prepared protein. Chicken, prosciutto, meatballs, spicy sausage, or mild sausage balance your dish. Add a pinch of crushed red pepper and/or poached garlic and you’ve just created your custom Italian meal.
Pasta is always a family favorite, even for the pickiest of eaters. Whether you create a single dish to share or let everyone choose their own, our generous portions will feed your family and our affordable prices fit every budget. Starting at $7.50 per person, each “Create Your Own Pasta” creation feeds 4 or more! Experiment with new variations by mixing and matching or stick to your tried and true favorites. No matter what your choices, know that your personalized pasta dish will be prepared by our master team of chefs using top of the line ingredients. We can even make an extra special signature dish to accommodate dietary restrictions. Design a decadent, vegetarian pasta primavera, Chicken Florentine, or any other combination you can think of. Once you’ve created your pasta, the only other choice you need to make is whether to enjoy your handcrafted Italian masterpiece around your dinner table or ours. Either way, you will spend your time relaxing and enjoying your satisfying meal instead of sweating, slicing, and dicing in your kitchen.
Take the hassle out of your dinner menu by letting the chefs at Buca prepare the best Italian cuisine made to your exact preferences. When you plan this week’s menu, plan on having pasta your way. Ditch that frustrating new recipe and enjoy a warm, delicious pasta dinner made just for you. Our customized entrées are the right fit for a family dinner, date night, or dinner for one. “Create Your Own Pastas” are perfect to share, plentiful enough for entertaining, and a great option for tomorrow’s lunch. Treat yourself to your own personalized pasta combination this month at Buca. Our “Create Your Own Pasta” celebration offers endless pastabilities!
Dining In or Taking Out – Feed Four for $40 at Buca
Spending less than $40 at a restaurant (or even at the grocery store!) is easier said than done. Especially when you’ve got a family of four to feed. At many sit-down Italian joints, $40 is really only enough for a meal for two. Thanks to a rather spectacular deal we’ve got going on now at Buca, however, you and three others can enjoy an authentic, family-style Italian dinner with bread, salad and a delicious pasta dish for just $40 total!
As you may already know, our menu items are meant to be shared among dining companions. As such, most everything we serve comes in two sizes – the Buca Small that feeds about two or the Buca Large that feeds four. Just to be clear, when we say that you get bread, salad and pasta with this $40 deal, we mean you get the Buca Large versions. Two large appetizers and a large entrée for $10 a head in a fun, eclectic setting… seriously, bring your appetites! With an irresistible bread bowl and a zesty salad at your table, having entrée leftovers in the end is definitely within the realm of possibility.
Using this limited-time Buca di Beppo coupon is easy…
Start with garlic bread.
No Italian meal is complete without carbs – and lots of ‘em! Garlic bread is an ideal accompaniment to everything on our menu. Our recipe consists of a fresh Italian loaf brushed with garlic-infused olive oil, then baked with Parmesan cheese and additional garlic pieces for extra zing!
Then choose your salad.
For veggie lovers, the Buca Insalate is the best part of the meal. You’ll have to decide between our Mixed Green Salad or our much beloved Caesar mix. A Large Mixed Green (regular $20.99) comes topped with red onions, pepperoncini peppers and Kalamata and green olives and our flavorful Italian vinaigrette. The Caesar salad (regularly $22.99) comes with all the typical Caesar fixings – parmesan, romaine hearts, croutons and a creamy dressing.
Finally, choose a traditional pasta.
Our pastas make us who we are at Buca di Beppo. It’s hard to imagine we’d have a four-person meal deal without them! You’ll get to choose one of the following five traditional Italian pasta dishes: Spaghetti Marinara, Spaghetti with meat sauce, Fettuccine Alfredo, Baked Ziti OR Ravioli al Pomodro (all regularly about $30). We make the sauces for all of these entrées from scratch in our kitchens and the taste is pretty special. Even without bread or salad, one of these entrées alone can be a great meal!
In the end, when you take advantage of this 4 for $40 Buca di Beppo dine-in or take-out coupon, you and your friends or family will receive almost $60 worth of food. Deal ends September 27, 2015 – don’t miss it!
Go Back to School with Buca di Beppo
With shopping for school supplies, shuttling between extracurricular activities and making sure all the homework gets done, there’s little time left in the school week to be preparing fresh, nutritious family dinners every night. After school starts up and your schedule gets crazy, don’t turn to your typical fast food options to feed your family at the end of a long day. Come into Buca or order some of our famous entrées online this semester and you’ll have dinnertime aced! Our family-style portions and laidback vibe make for a perfect after-school meal solution.
A Fun Outing
Take a break and celebrate a new school year’s beginning by going out to your neighborhood Buca di Beppo. The back-to-school season should be an exciting one! Boost the excitement by dining in at Buca on a weeknight or during the weekend. Our family-friendly atmosphere is festive and colorful which is particularly special when quality family time is a lot more limited than it was in summer months. Our prices are a great value for families, too. If you’ve never seen Buca portions, our menu may look expensive initially but the beauty of family-style dining is that each dish is designed to feed a whole party. In the end, most entrées end up costing less than $10 per person. We have two size options – “Buca Small” which feeds about two people and “Buca Large” which feeds four or more. For a well-balanced meal, we recommend garlic bread and a fresh-tossed signature salad for the table.
Buca Specialties To-Go
Sometimes going out to eat can seem like even more of a chore than cooking a dinner at home would be! Between getting everybody loaded into the car and making sure everyone’s minding their restaurant manner’s, in practice, a family outing isn’t always as relaxing as it sounds in concept. Thankfully, there’s takeaway which offers the best of both worlds – your family can unwind at home, enjoying some amazing food, and you don’t even have to cook it. Our to-go orders can be ready in just 30 minutes and ordering online or over the phone is easy.
A Week’s Worth of Dinners
If you’re anticipating a particularly time-pressed few days, a catering pan may be just what you and your family needs to stay on track! We have half pans with about ten servings each available for most of our catering menu items. This is an ideal quantity for a larger family. Order one at the beginning of the week and go about your daily activities confidently, knowing that family dinner is not only all taken care of – it’s also dang delicious! Homey classics like Spaghetti, Lasagna and Eggplant Parmesan are all available in these convenient catering pans.
How to Pair the Perfect Wine with Your Pasta
Italian food is made for pairing. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Italy is the number one producer of wine in the world. Maybe it’s because the pasta, cheese and fresh herbs so central to Italian cuisine just tend bring out the best in the grapes. Whatever it was that brought together vino and Italian food, we’re glad it did. The right wine can make an incredible Italian meal even more incredible. Likewise, the wrong wine can make a great meal taste off. That’s why having some basic knowledge of wine pairings can greatly enhance your next visit to Buca di Beppo! These are a few of our most loved couplings…
Chianti is an instantly recognizable Italian favorite. Traditionally, it comes in a squat glass bottle wrapped in a wicker basket. It can often be seen on red-and-white checked tables next to baskets of warm Italian bread. The version we serve in our restaurants comes straight from the sunny Chianti region of Tuscany and, like several other reds on our menu, pairs exceptionally well with our shareable spaghetti and our famous Buca meatballs.
Pinot Grigio (Italian for “gray”) is a crisp white wine which makes it a good option for summer dining and an ideal companion for seafood. We have several Pinot Grigio options on our wine list. Order a glass alongside a bowl of our Linguine Frutti del Mar featuring shrimp, mussels, calamari and baby clams or get a bottle for the table to go with a succulent fried calamari platter.
Have you heard about our Ciao! vineyard selections? Ciao! Wines are produced especially for Buca di Beppo Restaurants. We’re currently carrying two Ciao! varieties – a lively Pinot Grigio and a light, fruity Rosso. The Rosso is a perfect red wine to have with our lighter pasta combinations. Any of our chicken pastas would taste nice with a charming glass of Ciao! Rosso and there are quite a few to choose from – Chicken Carbonara, Fettuccine Supremo, Penne San Remo or Spicy Chicken Rigatoni.
A dry prosecco can inspire a celebratory mood at any table! It’s like champagne that way, only with more Italian va-va-voom. The Maschio Prosecco available at Buca di Beppo can be described as having a bouquet of white peach and orange blossom plus fruit-forward taste of peach and citrus. It can bring out the best in our earthy mushroom pastas. Our Macaroni Rosa with chicken breast, broccoli, mushrooms and peas, for example, harmonizes perfectly with bubbly prosecco.
Something else that makes our wine list special (aside from its ability to complement our chefs’ creations) is its many size options. Many of the wines we carry can be purchased as a glass, a bottle or a larger “family-size” bottle. Some can even be brought out in a 9 oz. quartino carafe so you can order exactly the right wine in exactly the amount you want.
Our Limited Time Summer Specials Are Back, and This Time With Basil!
It’s believed that the basil plant originated somewhere in the Indian subcontinent. Indeed, the sweet and pungent leaf has found its way into many South and Southeast Asian cuisines – particularly Thai, Indonesian and Vietnamese. The country that really adopted it into its kitchens and made it into a key ingredient in many national recipes, however, is Italy! From pesto to pizza, fresh basil has a role like no other herb in Italian cuisine. Since this herb plays such a prominent role in an Italian summer, we’re giving out FREE* packets of sweet basil seeds to our Buca di Beppo guests starting June 8, 2015.
We’re also featuring these small-but-mighty leaves in some of our limited-time-only summer dishes!
Spicy Chitarra al Pomodoro
Our first summer specialty come pomodoro-style with arugula and fire-roasted red and gold grape tomatoes. The spaghetti used for this dish is an alla chitarra egg pasta imported from Italy, chosen specifically by our chefs due to its remarkable ability to take on the taste of a fresh tomato sauce.
Fresh Garden Pappardelle
This second pasta has even more flavor than the Chitarra! Basil cream sauce, zucchini, carrots and sautéed shrimp paired with pappardelle pasta make up this crave-able garden entrée.
Pancetta & Arugula Pizza
You’ll find our final summer-only creation on the Buca di Beppo pizza menu. This impressive white pizza comes with spicy sausage, pieces of pancetta, garlic and arugula on a base layer of mozzarella and provolone. The whole shebang comes lightly drizzled with a zingy balsamic glaze to make this otherwise sauce-less pizza anything but boring.
What to Do with Your FREE* Basil
Start seeds indoors or seed directly in the garden about 1/4 inch deep in warm soil. Outdoors, thinly spread seedlings will encourage low, bushy plants to develop. Give your basil 6 to 8 hours of sunlight daily. Because the whole purpose of keeping a basil plant is to harvest it for lots of tender leaves, a little fertilizer might be needed. Basil is at its most pungent when fresh and the best time to harvest is just as the plant starts to bud, before any flowers appear. Snip leaves or branches and pinch off flower buds to keep the plant productive.
For an Italian family, nothing says summer like basil-topped dinners, salads and snacks. There’s a great number of uses for fresh basil in Italian summer fare, as demonstrated by our seasonal menu items! Construct a simple and stunning Insalata Caprese with thick slices of tomato, hunks of mozzarella, basil leaves and olive oil. Throw it onto a pizza or a light pasta dish to add extra flavor and brightness. Blend up your harvest with oil, parmesan, pine nuts and garlic to make an impressive pesto for pastas, gnocchi or sandwiches.
*While supplies last.
LVP Sangria – Now Available at Buca di Beppo
Authentic sangria is made in Spain and Portugal – two of Italy’s closest neighbors, geographically and culturally speaking! It’s no wonder that a glass of this fruity elixir pairs deliciously with our menu of pastas, antipasti, salads and sides at Buca di Beppo! The refreshing summer beverage typically consists of wine, chopped fruits, juice or honey and a bit of brandy but LVP Sangria has simplified the drink by bottling two pre-made sangria recipes of their own. They’re both made with premium Spanish wines, they both contain with no added sugar and, as of this summer, they’re both available at Buca!
LVP by Lisa Vanderpump is a luscious, refreshing sangria made from Spanish red and rosé wines. The effervescent rosé is a unique sangria ingredient that adds true Vanderpump flair to the product. To start, this new brand is only making itself available in stores around Miami and Los Angeles, so the best way to get a “sneak peek” of these LVP flavors outside of those cities is by ordering yourself a glass the next time you’re at Buca di Beppo. These light, lifting drinks are best poured over ice, fresh cut fruit or a combination of the two and that’s exactly how it’s served in our restaurants. This sumptuous drink fits right in at any occasion, from showers and parties to casual Friday nights!
LVP RED SANGRIA
This traditional red sangria is crafted with Tempranillo grapes, arguably the most famous of Spain’s native grapes. Tempranillo is a vibrant, aromatic black grape that adds spicy, red fruit aromas and flavors for full-bodied red wine. The grape’s name translates to “little early one,” referencing the fact that it ripens several weeks earlier than most Spanish red grapes. The Tempranillo wines for LVP are aged in oak to generate increased complexity and harmony. This surprising red can be enjoyed at any point during your meal at Buca. Sip it as a pre-entrée cocktail, use it to bring some extra interest to your main course or order it with a signature Buca desert such as our Italian Crème Cake with complementary notes of raspberry and lemon.
LVP PINK SANGRIA
When it’s truly sweltering outside, a lighter wine like rosé often tastes fresher. LVP’s Pink Sangria is made from a Bobal and Grenache grape blend. Grenache a.k.a. granacha adds berry and cherry flavors, herbal accents and richness. Its full flavor and regional character makes LVP Pink Sangria silky, floral and lush. Bobal is a variety of Vitis Vinifera, a red grape whose name derives from the Latin bovale, in reference to the shape of a bull’s head. Its skin is intensely and brightly colored and its smell is certainly one-of-a-kind. Together, these varietals make a well-integrated wine perfect for afternoon enjoyment or washing down an amazing Italian feast.
Make Your Own World Famous Meatballs
Since we opened our first restaurant more than twenty years ago, our meatballs have caused quite a commotion on account of both their impressive size and their spectacular taste. As a result, many have tried to capture the essence of our star menu item at home. A quick search for “Buca di Beppo Meatballs” is likely to lead you to a whole lot of recipes written by spaghetti enthusiasts, Buca fanatics, professional chefs and others. It may also lead you to our star-studded Meatball Gallery but that’s another story. These enterprising recipe creators, however, are merely imitators. In their comments sections, you’ll see lively debates over whether or not their recipes yield true di Beppo meatballs. Today, so we can set the record straight, we’re posting that recipe. Right here. For all the world to see!
Why would we release this very flavorful and much sought after secret formula, you ask? Because our sit-down restaurants are all about family togetherness and we know nothing brings a family together quite like cooking at home! We hope you’ll try making this straight-from-the-source recipe in your own kitchen some time. You could even pick up a to-go pan of some real deal half pound meatballs and a hold a little taste test. Of course, the exact recipe calls for a whole lot of Buca marinara and we’re keeping that formula under wraps… for now.
Buca di Beppo’s Famous Meatball Recipe – Makes 6 Large Meatballs
1 ½ pounds ground chuck
¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
½ cup bread crumbs (preferably Italian)
2 large eggs
6 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper
8 ounces of water
32 ounces of authentic marinara sauce
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350º. In a mixing bowl, combine first 7 ingredients and mix thoroughly. Do not over mix – this will cause the meatballs to become tough. Divide into equal portions and shape into 6 meatballs. Place meatballs on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake until a dark brown crust forms, 13 to 15 minutes.
Step 2: Transfer meatballs to a Dutch oven. Combine marinara sauce and water, and pour over the meatballs. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake until meatballs are cooked through, 35 to 45 minutes. Place the meatballs on a platter. Skim the oil from the top of the marinara and ladle it over the meatballs.
Do all this and you should be able to enjoy a Buca-style meal in the comfort of your home! If it doesn’t turn out quite as you’d hoped, though, our doors are always open during dinnertime for dine-in and carry-out.
New Menu Items Available
Some things, like our commitment to serving authentic Italian cuisine in a fun, exciting atmosphere, never change. Our many tasty offerings, on the other hand, we don’t mind changing up every once in a while. What we’re trying to say is that we’ve got four delicious menu items debuting this month – the Warm Tomato & Spinach Salad, the Chicken Inferno, the Soffici Cuscini and the Penne al Forno. Starting Monday, February 9, you’ll be able to order any of these items at your neighborhood Buca!
Warm Tomato & Spinach Salad
Let’s start with the first course. What ever happened to salad? At so many restaurants these days, what was once a refreshing, bright plate of fresh produce somehow became a mishmash of lackluster foodstuffs. But not at Buca di Beppo! At our restaurants, the art of the salad is alive and well and this new tomato and spinach pairing proves it. The Warm Tomato & Spinach Salad features fresh spinach tossed with a warmed balsamic vinaigrette, red onions, spiced pecans, feta cheese and vibrant Roma tomatoes. There’s lots of red and green – the colors of Italy! Enjoy it as a meal by itself or let it prep your palate for one of our incredible entrées.
Mama mia! Our Chicken Inferno is an explosion of peppers – pepperoncini and a mix of red and green bell peppers, to be exact. Along with that flavorful medley of pepperiness, we throw in a bounty of fire-roasted tomatoes and yellow onion and cover the whole thing with a spicy rosa sauce. Think you can handle this pollo inferno?
Nothing compares to quality gnocchi and we think our Soffici Cuscini (Italian for “fluffy pillows”) qualify. Gnocchi are soft, doughy dumplings that may be made from semolina, wheat flour, egg, cheese, potato and other homey, starchy ingredients. Although they could be defined as an “alternative” to pasta, they certainly have the comforting, satisfying nature of a homemade pasta dish. Beppo’s Soffici Cuscini gnocchi are no exception. Topped with pancetta and red onions then tossed with spicy, creamy vodka sauce, these little pillows of dough are worthy of their name. We finish this particular rendition with basil and Parmesan which makes for a truly incomparable entrée.
Penne al Forno
We just wouldn’t be Buca without our traditional pasta dishes! For a hearty lunch or a memorable dinner, try the three-meat Penne al Forno with sautéed spicy Italian sausage, prosciutto and pepperoni. Of course, we couldn’t choose just one cheese to go with these three wonderful proteins so we chose four: ricotta, provolone, mozzarella and Parmesan. Finally, we smother the penne with our homemade marinara sauce. Buon appetito!
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