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.