Mamma Mia! Whisk Mom Away from the Kitchen This Mother’s Day
Gather your family to honor the amazing woman who has loved you unconditionally. (Yes, even the time you did that one thing that almost gave her a heart attack.) Bring Mom to Buca di Beppo this Mother’s Day for a delicious meal served by our friendly and attentive staff. She will love not needing to check that everyone else has what they need for their meal before she takes the time to fix her own plate. Or jump up every few minutes to grab something that is missing from the table and to refill drinks. Since most days Mom is a chef, waitress, and dishwasher, give her a break and let our staff take care of her and all her family members. While Mother’s Day is most definitely all about Mom, it’s also about families coming together.
The authentic Italian ambience of our restaurants makes Buca a fun choice for dinner or lunch. Mom will be transported to a bustling Italian bistro and the kids will love the festive, eclectic décor. From semi-private dining rooms to a more intimate experience at our Cardinal or Pope tables, no matter the size of your family, Buca will make sure your Mother’s Day meal is unforgettable.
Mom will love that our dishes are all made with fresh ingredients and Italian flair. She might want to start with a glass of wine or sparkling sangria before enjoying her special meal. Hey she deserves it! No need to worry about any family members not finding something they enjoy at Buca. Far from fussy, our menu is packed full of everyone’s favorites. Even the pickiest of little eaters and family members with dietary restrictions will find something to love. From crisp, crunchy salads, antipasto, and fresh bread to pastas, entrees and desserts, our selections never disappoint and our large, family-style, meant-for-sharing entrée sizes ensure no one leaves the table hungry. Mom wouldn’t have it any other way! When your special meal wraps up she will love the added bonus of no cleanup or dishes. And she won’t have to do any of the dishes afterwards, either.
This Mother’s Day give Mom what she really wants—time to spend with her family, a delicious meal, and a break from the kitchen. Make your reservations online or call your local Buca today. Maybe you aren’t able to see Mom this year on Mother’s Day. A Buca gift card is a great way to show her that you care. She can use it at her convenience and pat herself on the back for raising such a thoughtful child.
Tax Season is a Busy Time for Taxpayers and Tax Preparers
This year your deadline for filing your annual tax return with the IRS isn’t April 15, it’s April 18th! Emancipation Day, the day President Abraham Lincoln signed into law a bill ending slavery in Washington, D.C. is typically celebrated on April 16. This year Emancipation Day falls on a Saturday, so it will be celebrated on Friday, April 15. Since this day is treated as a federal holiday, federal offices, including the IRS will be closed and Tax Day will be pushed back to April 18.
Last minute taxpayers, it’s time to decide how you will file your taxes this year. You can file electronically, manually, or through a tax preparer, but that doesn’t mean you should wait until April 18 to visit your tax preparer. Call today to make an appointment before all their available appointment times are taken. Before you begin, gather all your tax documents, including: last year’s return, 1099s, W-2s, credit card summaries, emailed and physical receipts, cancelled checks, and any other documents you think you may need. Last year’s return is a good guide to help you gather what’s missing. Next, determine your filing status. If your marital status changed, your family grew, grown children moved out, you bought a house, or went back to college, these things will all affect your tax status and eligibility for tax credits and deductions. As you work through your form, keep in mind there are tax preparers and hotlines to assist you, but don’t fall for any phishing schemes. Remember that the IRS never initiates contact with taxpayers about their accounts through e-mail, text messages, or social media. When you finish up your taxes (hopefully a bit before April 18) come in to Buca di Beppo to celebrate the fact that you won’t have go through the process again for a full year!
Tax preparers, you are probably buckling down and bracing yourself for all those last minute filers. You and your team are working overtime and through meal breaks. Be sure to feed those hungry stomachs so your super smart brains can work at their peak condition! Let Buca’s catering team supply your office with a perfect selection of Italian-inspired salads, entrees, pastas, desserts, and beverages. We even supply the utensils, plates, and napkins so you don’t need to worry about anything except your next client.
At Buca di Beppo we believe a good meal has the ability to comfort and recharge. No matter what you need from a meal this tax season, Buca’s got it!
Buca di Beppo Can Hop Over with Your Easter Catering
Easter is coming! This special Sunday is full of church services, children’s performances, parades, and egg hunts. Often out of town guests are visiting and your family and friends are gathering to share a special meal. Rather than spending precious time and energy organizing menus and gathering ingredients, let Buca di Beppo take care of your Easter meal so you can spend more time with your guests. Maybe you can show the little ones how to use some of those toys that the Easter Bunny brought.
Choose a few of our delicious entrees and make an informal buffet or mix in a few Buca classics with your family’s traditional Easter dishes to give your meal an Italian flair. 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 Easter gathering with our delicious Italian specialties so you can focus on your family and friends. Our authentic Italian catering packages feature fantastic lunch and dinner platters and party pans. You can even create your own customized mix of selections to make sure that everyone has their favorites. 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 filling out our online order form. Just click “Catering” at the top of our home page to get started. If you arent’ sure exactly what you want or need, give us a call. 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 other 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 families enjoy their holidays by doing what we do best: preparing mouth-watering family-style Italian dishes for theirs celebrations. This Easter, leave the stress of planning and cooking a meal to us. Whether you’re planning an Easter lunch or dinner at your home or need to feed a crowd at an event, let Buca di Beppo cater it so you can spend more time enjoying it!
Make Your Own Meatballs to Celebrate National Meatball Day
Every day is an unofficial meatball day at Buca di Beppo, but March 9th is National Meatball Day for everyone! As if we need a reason to enjoy this Italian staple. Meatballs are one of the top comfort foods in America and it’s easy to understand why. Many adults remember Mom or Grandma making meatballs for them when they were younger. The association of love and comfort brings an emotional connection to the delicious, round treats. Whether you like them over pasta, in a sub, or as a snack on their own, meatballs really do deserve a day of celebration.
What makes a great meatball? Fresh meat mixed with just enough of a binder (usually bread or breadcrumbs) to hold the mixture together but not weigh it down, sprinkled with seasonings (onions, garlic, fresh herbs, cheese, salt, and pepper) divided into small round portions and cooked to perfection. Easy enough right? Well, we’ve made it even easier by sharing our meatball recipe in honor of this special day.
Buca di Bepo’s Magnificent Meatball Recipe
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 because 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, about 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 35 to 45 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Place the meatballs on a platter. Skim the oil from the top of the marinara and ladle it over the meatballs.
Add your meatball masterpieces to the top of a bowl of your favorite pasta, make meatball sandwiches by hollowing out a baguette and then filling the bread with meatballs and sauce, or enjoy them on their own. Now the only decision you have to make is whether to show your loved ones your culinary skills, or save your yummy creations all for yourself! Happy National Meatball day from Buca di Beppo, your every day meatball headquarters!
Attention Leaplings! Buca’s Got a Birthday Gift for You!
It is estimated that almost 4 million people across the globe celebrate their birthdays on February 29. Most “leaplings” or “leap year babies” thus celebrate their birthday on either February 28 or March 1, except every four years when their true birth date comes around. Since 2016 is a leap year, Buca wants to celebrate by offering these special birthday guests a free spaghetti and meatball plate when they visit between February 26 – 29. We want to celebrate guests who only celebrate their birthday on their true birth date 25% of the time by offering a 100% authentic Italian birthday meal.
How are leap years added?
It takes the Earth approximately 365.242189 days (365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds) to circle once around the Sun. However, our calendar has only 365 days in a year. The remaining 6 hours are added as a single day to the calendar every four years. If we didn’t add a day every four years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar each year and after 100 years, our calendar would be off by 24 days.
Where does the term “leap year” come from?
The name “leap year” comes from the fact that while a fixed date on our calendar normally advances one day of the week from one year to the next, in a leap year the day of the week will advance two days due to extending February to 29 days rather than the common 28. The extra day added at the end of February “leaps over” one of the days in the week.
What are your chances of being born on leap day?
The chance of being born on a leap day is one in 1,461, since four years equals 1,460 days plus one day for the leap year. It is estimated that almost 187,000 people in the United States were born on a leap day.
If you have a leap year birthday come celebrate your birthday with Buca. Every day is a celebration at Buca di Beppo but our free spaghetti and meatball plate will have leaplings truly leaping for joy! Dine in with us this February 26 – 29 and bring a valid ID showing your 2/29 birthdate to receive a free spaghetti with meatball plate.
The Way to the Heart is Through the Stomach Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Buca di Beppo
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, meaning it is time to make some final decisions on how you want to enjoy this special holiday. One of the top ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day is with a memorable meal. While some high-pressure, stuffy restaurants offer a fancy menu with tiny portions and giant price tags, at Buca di Beppo you can expect the exact opposite. We offer plentiful portions at reasonable prices, in a warm, welcoming environment that everyone loves.
Buca’s alluring ambience, complete with lots of fun and unique decorations, is ideal for a cozy Valentine’s Day. Using only the finest and freshest ingredients, our authentic Italian dishes are cooked to order and served family-style, making them perfect for sharing. Toast to your sweetie with a specialty drink from our full bar, start with an appetizer and salad, or dive right into one of our enormous entrees. You and your date are sure to find a favorite or specialty you love on our diverse menu. Whatever you decide on for your meal, be sure to leave room for one of our decadent desserts. Our freshly baked brownies, amazing chocolate chip cookies, or magical chocolate chip cannoli will end your romantic celebration on the perfect sweet note of amore!
This Valentine’s weekend celebrate your love by creating a connection and savoring delicious memories together over a Buca di Beppo lunch or dinner. We open at 11 a.m. on Valentine’s Day, ready to serve you and your loved ones a fantastic, filling Italian meal. Make a reservation at the best restaurant for Valentine’s Day dinner today because our spots fill up fast!
If you are looking to make your own romantic dinner for two, bring home the love by picking up Buca to Go and setting up a candlelit dinner or a romantic picnic, before you cuddle up with a romantic movie. If you are looking to include the whole family, our dishes are loved by even the pickiest of eaters, making them perfect for the kids. If you and your friends have decided to have a big party, (our Party Pans feed 20 hungry adults) or a smaller get-together (half pans feed 10) we can meet your needs.
Whether you join us at one of our restaurants or take some of our delicious dishes home for a romantic evening or a fun dinner with your friends or the whole family, we look forward to being a part of your special day. Celebrate your family, friendships, and romance with Buca this Valentine’s Day! Call us today for your reservation! And don’t forget Buca to Go if you prefer to pick up your romantic dinner.
Touchdown Tastes Everyone Can Agree On
The biggest football game of the year will determine league champion bragging rights until next February. This is your chance to throw the best Big Game party ever! Whether you’ve invited over your extended family, a bunch of your friends, or the whole neighborhood, Buca has all of your food and beverage needs covered. Forget the dips and chicken wings and go for a full Italian-inspired spread. Offer a variety of our antipasto appetizers, like Stuffed Mushrooms and Mini Meatballs while you wait for the coin toss. Guests can grab slices of our Pizza Con Formaggio and Spicy Arrabbiata Pizzas during the $5 million 30-second commercials and fill their plates with Apple Gorgonzola Salad, Chicken Saltimbocca, and Baked Rigatoni, while they watch the big half-time show.
Our Party Pans are so plentiful (enough for 20 adults) that guests can refill their plates all through the second half. We also offer dessert trays full of cookies, brownies, and cannoli as well as lemonade, teas, and sodas to quench your guests’ thirsts after all that cheering. Call us or put in your catering order online. Then we can either deliver (*within a certain radius) or have your selections ready for the pickup time you request. With our catering and carry out options you can take care of all your catering needs in a snap.
Our authentic Italian cuisine is available in half and full Party Pans so you can tailor your big game order to fit your group’s needs. Build your own custom catering package by combining full trays, half trays, drinks, desserts, and more. Our diverse selection of delicious dishes will ensure that everyone will have a full plate in front of them as they gather around the big screen. We even provide the plastic plates, serving and eating utensils, napkins, and tablecloths to make serving and cleanup a breeze. Everyone knows that a Big Game party is only as good as the food served. Don’t offer mediocre munchies or miss the star play of the game because you were in the kitchen preparing something for your guests.
Call Buca di Beppo today and spend your time cheering your favorite team to victory. It is certain that during the Big Game there will be touchdowns. Make sure one of them is your party. Call Buca today or order online to set up your catering order!
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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.
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.
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.
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