Top 5 Tips for Hosting a Dinner Party
Whether you’re hosting the giant family reunion meal this summer or simply having a few friends over to sip cocktails and exchange gossip, Buca di Beppo can help. No matter the scale of your celebration, we’re guessing you want to create an experience that’s magical, memorable and fun… and not just for the guests. All too often, dinner party hosts get so caught up in creating an unforgettable experience, they forget to enjoy the moment once it arrives. The secret to enjoying your party as much as your guests is careful preparation. When the big day comes, you shouldn’t be rushing around, trying to cook, clean, decorate and communicate with your guests simultaneously. Following these tips will guarantee that your dinner party won’t pass you by!
- Organize those appetizers.
An expert dinner host or hostess knows to provide the guests with something to munch on before the feast. With no pre-dinner snacks, you could have a hungry (and impatient) herd on your hands. The Buca di Beppo To Go and Catering menus are incomparable appetizer resources. Our to-go menu features amazing antipasti such as Artichoke Florentine Dip, Bruschetta, Mozzarella Caprese and Fried Calamari. For a particularly large dinner party, consider starting the night off with a salad course from our catering menu. Either way, arranging snacks and appetizers on the proper serving trays will make it look great and give your guest somewhere to gather when the evening first begins.
- Serve a signature drink.
You don’t have to be a trained mixologist to come up with a clever party drink. Whether you make Peach Bellinis in fine stemware or a simple, fruit-infused iced tea, a unique beverage can really bring a party together. Should you choose to use Buca Catering services, you can conveniently add certain beverages to your order. Our staff would also be happy to help you brainstorm beverage ideas.
- Do up the details.
Little details definitely make a difference when it comes to throwing an epic in-home bash or restaurant banquet. It’s always wise to deal with as many details as possible before the day of the event or consult an expert like the experienced staff at your local Buca!
- Offer multiple entrée options.
If there’s one thing you want to avoid at all costs at your dinner party, it’s a lack of dining options. Having at least one meat option and one vegetarian can help accommodate the majority of your guests’ food preferences. Our celebratory catering package already includes a choice of two entrées so you can be sure that no one leaves your party unsatisfied.
- Let someone else handle the cooking.
Our favorite dinner party tip? Forget about the cooking and let Buca di Beppo handle it! With a tasty menu already taken care of, you can focus on what really matters at an event – spending more time with the ones you love.
Takeaway Made Easy – Order Your To Go Order and Catering Online
Pizza places aren’t the only companies able to take orders on the net! Online ordering through the Buca di Beppo website is a convenient and secure way to order to-go meals and catering services. Our Italian classics are the perfect carry out meal for a hungry crowd. Our menu offers a variety of authentic favorites prepared with the finest ingredients. All dishes are made family-style or in sizeable party pans meaning they’re meant for sharing and all takeaway orders come with fresh-baked house bread, disposable dinnerware and napkins.
From our homepage you should see an “Online Ordering” tab in the green bar at the top of the page. Go to it and you’ll see two online options: Buca To Go and Buca Catering. Selecting your location from the drop down menu under the type of order you want to make will lead you to an easy-to-use interactive menu. Ordering out has never been simpler!
Buca To Go
Buca To Go is perfect for families on the go! Don’t have time to cook? With our online ordering options and our extensive traditional menu, a homemade Italian dinner could be just 30 minutes away! All our signature salads, pastas and entrées already come in family-style portions. The Buca Small serves 2 or more and the Buca Large typically serves 4 with some major potential for leftovers. Buca To Go orders are available as pick-up meals only and require 30 minutes notice which should leave you just enough time to hop in the car, pick the kids up from their activities and head into the restaurant!
Feeding more than just your familgia? The Buca Catering menu may be the answer! Our generously sized Party Pans can be ready in 3 hours. A single full-size pan feeds up to 20 hungry guests and if you need more grub than that we have many special package options. Half pans may work best for a small party. Pair a pan of our signature pasta with a pan of incredibly tasty Buca salad to stage a beautifully balanced meal in your home. From the ordering process to the cleanup, Buca Catering (which always comes with plates and cutlery!) takes the stress out of dinner parties, family gatherings, banquets and meetings. Delivery is available within a 10 mile radius of the restaurant for Buca Catering orders that exceed $100. A $25 delivery fee will be applied.
Your Private Buca Tour – Something for Everyone
On our website, users are able to take a virtual restaurant tour and get a good look at our unique dining rooms. At each one of our 95 locations, visitors are able to choose which one of these fabulous rooms they’d like to eat in. There’s a Poster Room, a Wine Room, a Pope Room and a special Chef’s Table!
The Poster Room
You can probably imagine what gives the Poster Room its name – wall-to-wall vintage Italia posters! Only instead of hanging the posters on the wall, we’ve hung many of them on the ceiling. These colorful posters bring to mind classic Italian art, memories of Italian cinema and dreams of European travel. They create an ideal atmosphere for savoring some amazing meatballs and uncorking a stout bottle of Chianti. The Poster Room is furnished with tables of various sizes including comfortable booths and cozy café tables.
The Wine Room
Similar to the Poster Room, the key to appreciating the Wine Room is remembering to look up! In the Wine Room, you’ll see a ceiling decorated with vines and wine bottles plus walls covered with twinkle lights and charming black-and-white photographs. Our Wine Rooms are designed to be able to accommodate multiple table configurations. Small and large parties alike are sure to have a blast in this viniferous dining rooms!
The Pope Room
Italy’s history is practically synonymous with Pope history! For this reason, every Buca di Beppo Restaurant has a Pope Room filled with statues, photographs and other artistic representations of Popes past and present. Every Pope Room also includes souvenirs straight from the Vatican. The central object in the Pope Room is a huge round table capable of seating a party of 12 to 18 people. A lazy susan in the middle of that table makes it easy for diners to share soft breads, fresh-tossed salads and big bowls of pasta. It’s the perfect semi-private room for a great family outing or a memorable restaurant birthday party.
Most Bucas have a Chef’s Table with unobstructed views into La Cucina and direct contact with our Italian cooks! From your seats, you and your dinner companions have the chance to see professional chefs practice authentic Italian cooking techniques. We think seeing ingredients transformed in person makes a meal that much more memorable. This is the best table in the house for foodies and anyone intrigued by a fast-paced kitchen environment. Chef’s Table guests are encouraged to interact with Buca chefs, ask them whatever questions they think of and order dishes they may have never tried before. Your server or your chef will be able to tell you which sides and wines best suit your meal. Call now to reserve the Buca di Beppo Chef’s Table for your next occasion!
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!
Top 5 Buca Catering Selections
Italian is a natural cuisine choice when it comes time to feed a crowd! It’s colorful, flavorful, filling and we like to think it’s got a certain universal appeal. Have you seriously ever met someone who doesn’t like pasta? For all these reasons and more, you should consider putting Buca di Beppo in charge of the menu at your next catered shindig. Our standard celebratory package includes a salad, two huge pasta pans and a dessert pan, plus utensils and plates – enough food for a small army! As for which of our catering selections you should order, these five have proven to be some of our most popular and most beloved…
- Apple Gorgonzola Salad
The sweet and tangy combination of fruits, nuts and veggies in this Buca di Beppo ensalate is a perfect precursor to a savory Italian dinner! A favorite among on-premises customers and catering clients alike, this fresh-tossed salad feature tart Granny Smith wedges, dried cranberries, crunchy walnuts, mixed lettuce and lots of crumbled Gorgonzola. Finish it off with Buca’s Italian vinaigrette and you might just find yourself with a long line at the salad bowl at your catered affair.
- Chicken Parmigiana
Chicken Parm is always a crowd-pleaser. Our version comes lightly crusted, covered with homemade marinara sauce and finished off with melty mozzarella cheese. A single serving of this dish paired with a few spoonfuls of a Buca di Beppo salad makes for a satisfying party meal!
- Penne San Remo
One full pan of our Penne San Remo feeds up to 20 people. It’s as share-able with much more unexpected tastes! To create this catering offering, we combine penne pasta with roasted chicken breast, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, green peas and a tasty white wine cream sauce. It’s a fantastic substitute for the typical Italian standbys.
- Classic Cookies and Brownies
A party is no time to start thinking about skipping dessert! Our dessert trays can make the most casual gatherings more festive. Stick with something familiar with a tray of chocolate chip cookies and brownies.
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!
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!
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!
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