The Importance of Family Meals
Parents know that family meals are important but everyone is just so busy! Between work, school, homework, and extracurricular activities, family dinners tend to get pushed down on an ever expanding to-do list. The structure and warmth of routine family dinners carries benefits beyond the burdens that are probably holding you back (shopping, preparing, clean up, etc.) Buca wants to help you bring back the family meal! Put all your responsibilities and commitments on hold and focus on one another’s company at your local Buca. From the moment you and your family walk in the door our attentive staff will make you feel warm and welcome. Our skilled chefs will prepare your dishes with the utmost care and when you have all finished your meal, no one gets stuck with clean up duty! At Buca, you and your family can focus on the food and conversation, the best parts of any family meal.
Feast on Favorites and Try Something New
For generations, parents have been trying to get their children to eat more vegetables. At Buca, kids (and parents) love our wide variety of veggie offerings. Our Caesar, Apple Gorgonzola, Mixed Green, and Chopped Antipasti Salads and our Italian Broccoli Romano have made converts of many “nothing green, please” eaters. Our Bruschetta, Mozzarella Caprese, and marinara sauces are all loaded with vine-ripened tomatoes and we can add all sorts of vegetables to our pizza and pasta offerings. We’ve even cooked up two special Family Meals sure to please every member of your family. Our Regular Family Meal* features a choice of one Salad (Mixed Green or Caesar Salad), choice of one Pasta (Baked Ziti, Baked Rigatoni, Penne alla Vodka, or Spicy Chicken Rigatoni), and is served with Fresh Baked House Bread. Our Deluxe Family Meal* features a choice of one salad (Caesar Salad, Chopped Antipasto Salad, or Apple Gorgonzola Salad), choice of one Pasta (Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Baked Ziti, Baked Rigatoni, Penne alla Vodka, or Spicy Chicken Rigatoni), choice of one Entrée (Chicken Parmigiana or Chicken Limone), and is served with Fresh Baked House Bread. A family meal is also the perfect opportunity to try different foods. All of our menu items are served family style so everyone can try each dish. Next time, order a tried and true favorite and try something new so everyone in the family can expand their tastes.
Conversation Is a Two Way Street
Make your family meal a time for your family to reconnect, not time to grill your kids about their day. Add some variety and think of new ways to start a conversation or play a dinner table game such as “Rose, Thorn, Bud” where each family member shares something good that happened that day (the rose), the worst part of their day (the thorn), and something they hope will happen tomorrow (the bud). Sharing these daily experiences will give the whole family insight into each family member’s day.
Family dinners don’t have to be stressful or a hassle. Come to Buca and focus on what really matters: spending time with your family and enjoying a delicious meal. Start your new family meal tradition today!
Buca Catering Means More Time to Do What You Love This Thanksgiving
Is your calendar filling up fast for the next few months? Do you have a million things to do and events to attend? We want to help you with your “To Do” list by catering your Thanksgiving meal. That means you can cross off “plan menu,” “shop for ingredients,” “prepare turkey, sides and dessert,” and even “wash 7 sink loads of dishes.” With Buca in charge of your meal, you can spend more time with the people you love and doing the things you want to do, like holiday shopping!
A catered Buca Thanksgiving Feast* means everyone can enjoy Thanksgiving and no one will be stressing about how the turkey will turn out this year. We provide all the traditional Thanksgiving meal items like (perfectly cooked) sliced white meat turkey, homestyle gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, and of course, pumpkin pie. We can also add a bit of Italian flair to your meal by pairing the delicious Thanksgiving Feast items with some of our regular menu items. Add pastas, fresh salads, and mouth-watering garlic bread to create a catered meal customized for your guests.
With Buca Thanksgiving catering, you don’t have to worry about a thing! We even provide you with plastic plates, utensils, and napkins with every order so nothing will stand between your guests and our freshly prepared offerings. Thanksgiving is definitely about food, but it is also about family. This year, instead of running around town with a grocery list, spending the day away from your family in a hot kitchen preparing a full menu, and doing endless amounts of dishes, let the chefs at Buca di Beppo do what they do best. We will provide you with a turkey dinner and all the trimmings and any additional family-style Italian entrees you’d like to add to your meal. Whether you’re planning a Thanksgiving dinner for your immediate family or your entire extended family and all of your friends, let Buca di Beppo cater it so you can spend more time enjoying it! Spend your valuable time doing the things you want to do this Thanksgiving, like spending time with your out of town guests and finding the best Black Friday deals!
Don’t forget to invite Buca to all of your work Thanksgiving events as well. Don’t make everyone bring dishes back and forth for a potluck! Let Buca take care of all of your coworkers and employees by catering your meal. Everyone will be delighted by all the delicious dishes we offer and we offer multiple dietary options (including vegetarian and gluten-free) so no one is left out. From a variety of salads and entrees to desserts and drinks, we can take care of everything. We even provide all the necessary additions such as plates, silverware, and napkins. A catered meal from Buca is a wonderful way to show your staff how much they mean to you and the company. Let us know the date and number of attendees and we can start working with you to coordinate and plan the perfect Thanksgiving meal.
* Available November 16th – 25th. Our Half Pans ($179.99) serve 10 adults and our Full Pans ($349.99) serves 20 adults. Call now to pre-order!
Have a Meatball, Make a Difference! Buca is Partnering with Sofia Vergara to Support St Jude’s
Buca di Beppo will be donating $1 in Sofia Vergara’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital™ for any portion* of meatballs sold at participating locations through November 30, 2016.
St. Jude’s leads the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Their mission is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago, but St. Jude has pledged to not stop until no child dies from cancer. Founder Danny Thomas, believed that “no child should die in the dawn of life,” and that is why no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital goes to saving kids regardless of their financial situation. Help St. Jude’s go even further in conquering childhood cancer, one meatball at a time. For over twenty years ago, our meatballs have caused quite a commotion on account of both their impressive size and their spectacular taste. Our star-studded Meatball Gallery is full of local celebrities enjoying our famous half-pound meatballs with our homemade marinara sauce, but we know that thousands of families, just like yours, have also made memories while they’ve shared them. At Buca, family is behind everything we do and that is why we want to help the families affected by childhood cancers the best way we know how, through our signature meatballs. Join us at your local Buca for a heaping portion of Spaghetti with Meatballs or swing by to grab an order of meatballs to go. Together we can make a difference!
For more information about St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, visit stjude.org
* $1 donation for every Spaghetti with Meatballs (Buca Small® or Buca Large®) entrée, Mini Meatball appetizer or any side of meatballs (one or three) sold. Excludes Party Pans.
No More Dinnertime Dilemmas: Go Back to School with Buca
The lazy days of summer are slipping away and the hustle and bustle of a new school year is upon us. Which means it’s time to get back in the groove of a new schedule that seems to get busier and busier every year. After school clubs, sports, tutoring, and a variety of extracurricular activities tend to fill almost every day on the calendar. You may be thinking “how am I supposed to give my family a home cooked meal every day?” That’s where Buca comes in! Join us at one of our restaurants for a delicious chef prepared meal between or after your evening activities. No need to shop, prepare, or clean up. Our amazing staff will cater to you and your family’s every need and take care of everything. Forget frozen meals or fast food and feel great knowing your family is eating freshly prepared Italian dishes, salads, and sides. You won’t even have to tell the kids to eat their vegetables. Our crispy salads and fresh vegetable sides are so delicious they usually ask for seconds!
If a meal at our restaurant doesn’t fit your busy schedule, it doesn’t mean you need to resort to a “value meal” at the drive thru. For a true value meal, place an order with Buca and we will make sure it is freshly prepared moments before you are ready to pick it up. Just imagine how excited your family will be when you present them with a feast of bubbling Italian pastas, entrees, and pizzas paired with crisp, cool salads and mouthwatering fresh bread.
Consider starting a new tradition this year. Designate a particular weekday as Family Dinner Day at Buca. Maybe Wednesdays are your family’s super busy day. After your last activity wraps everyone can head to Buca to relax, discuss their day, and feast on all their favorite dishes. Think ahead and grab a half pan of one of our pastas or entrees to enjoy later in the week while you’re here. If you’re feeding a bigger crowd, our full party pans feed 20 adults and we also offer packages to make ordering even easier. This is a very popular option for teams to enjoy before a big game or competition.
Don’t overextend yourself this school year. Let Buca take care of dinner so you can focus on the rest of your busy schedule.
Take Time to Stop and Taste the Rosé
First produced over 2,000 years ago in the French region of Provence, rosé has recently become the wine of choice among many oenophiles and wine “newbies”. Not to be confused with the sweet white zinfandels of the 1980s, rosé and white zinfandel have the same pink color, but their similarities end there. Another common misconception is that rosé can be made by mixing red wine with white wine. That is not the case. Rosé is actually made when red grapes are lightly crushed and left to soak with their skins for a very short time. While some red wines soak for weeks at a time, rosé is strained from its skins before it becomes too dark, anywhere from a few hours to a few days. The winemaker determines the hue, the skins are removed, the juice is allowed to ferment, and the end result is a delicious rosé.
Rosé is not limited to a specific grape or region. It is created from a combination of grenache, syrah, rolle, cinsault and mourvèdre grapes produced in France, Spain, Italy, and the United States and the type of grape used will affect the flavor. An Italian “rosato” will have cherry and orange zest flavors, while a rosé from Provence will have notes of honeydew melon, lemon, and celery. Other rosés may offer flavors of strawberry, rose petal, and rhubarb. A rosé is usually light and floral but can range from bone dry to lightly sweet. Rosé, does not improve over the years so most bottles will not be dated more than two or three years back.
Make this summer special. Invite your friends and family over to relax and enjoy the long, lazy days of the season. Let Buca bring all of your favorites so you don’t have to steam up your kitchen or worry about a thing. You can sit back with your glass of rosé and know that we have all the details covered. Or invite everyone to Buca for an evening of amazing food and service in a fun environment. We offer a great selection of rosés to accompany your meal. A chilled rosé is fun, casual, and tastes good. No wonder it has become a favorite among wine drinkers! Whether you are having a poolside picnic catered by Buca or looking for an accompaniment for a meal, rosé is the perfect choice for refreshing your palate.
Packages Fit for a Caesar: 3 Classic Italian Feasts
Buca just made your menu planning a breeze! Our 3 Classic Italian Feasts will make diners smile and give every home cook a much needed break from the kitchen. Don’t stress over what’s for dinner and don’t spend another minute near a hot stove! Let Buca take care of dinner so you can get on with your busy evening or simply relax and put your feet up.
Each of our Feasts include a complimentary order of our famous house bread. Can’t you just smell its warm, delicious aroma already? Each Feast also includes your choice of a fresh, crisp salad to start your meal. Our Mixed Green Salad features mixed lettuce tossed in our signature Italian vinaigrette with Roma tomatoes, red onions, pepperoncini peppers, and black and green olives, and our Caesar Salad is created with crunchy Romaine hearts tossed in our signature Caesar dressing with roasted garlic croutons and Parmesan. Choose your Feast based on your favorite Italian entree or pasta: Chicken Parmigiana, Chicken Limone, Fettuccine Alfredo, Spaghetti Marinara, Baked Rigatoni, Baked Ziti, Spaghetti with Meatballs, or Ravioli al Pomodoro. With so many great selections, you can’t go wrong and our prices can’t be beat.
Friends Feast $45 / Just $15 per person*
Complimentary House Bread
Choice of Mixed Green Salad or Caesar Salad
Choice of Chicken Parmigiana or Chicken Limone
Choice of Fettuccine Alfredo or Spaghetti Marinara
Romans Feast $36 / Just $12 per person
Complimentary House Bread
Choice of Mixed Green Salad or Caesar Salad
Choice of Baked Rigatoni, Baked Ziti, or Spaghetti with Meatballs
Countrymen Feast $30 / Just $10 per person
Complimentary House Bread
Choice of Mixed Green Salad or Caesar Salad
Choice of Fettuccine Alfredo, Spaghetti Marinara, or Ravioli al Pomodoro
Our delicious Italian specialties are everyone’s favorites and now we’ve made it even easier to feed a crowd. Look at your calendar for upcoming parties, potlucks, picnics, and gatherings. Don’t forget busy weeknights and game days! We know how busy life can get but that’s no excuse to not enjoy a mouthwatering Italian feast. Make reservations to visit us at one of our fun restaurants or place an order for carry-out. With carry-out orders we make sure to include everything you need, including disposable plates, utensils, and napkins. Just imagine the smiles from everyone when you arrive with a Feast (or two) from Buca!
* Per person prices are based on Buca Small which feeds 3 adults.
3 Limited Time Selections Featuring the Flavors of Our Summer Garden
We like to mix it up a bit every now and then. So this summer we are offering our guests a few new selections featuring fresh Italian flavors from our summer garden. Don’t worry, we still have all of your other favorite dishes that keep you visiting us time and time again! But now, we also offer a few light, summer dishes bursting with vegetables and perfect for a casual family dinner or a holiday cookout. But these special recipes are only available this summer. So be sure to visit your local Buca di Beppo to get a taste of these limited time menu selections before they’re gone!
Garden Fresh Fettuccine
Enjoy summer’s delicious bounty with our Garden Fresh Fettuccine, featuring ribbons of carrots and zucchini tossed with perfectly cooked fettuccine and a variety of fresh herbs. A perfect choice for all of our Fettuccine Alfredo lovers who want a lighter choice this summer.
Italian Sausage & Arugula Pizza
The spicy Italian sausage on our new Italian Sausage & Arugula pizza is the ideal combination of prosciutto, garlic, and balsamic glaze and blends perfectly with the peppery arugula. Our authentic sauce gives this limited time pizza its traditional Buca taste, but the toppings give it a new summer twist.
Spicy Spaghetti al Pomodoro
When you want pasta but not a heavy sauce, our Spicy Spaghetti al Pomodoro is the perfect choice. Al dente spaghetti is tossed in olive oil, fresh grape tomatoes, basil, and our secret blend of spices to give this dish a kick of flavor without weighing you down.
Each of these special summer dishes is served family-style like all of your other favorite Buca di Beppo dishes, making them perfect for sharing. Whether it’s too hot to cook or you want to bring a dish that everyone is sure to love at the cookout, Buca has got you covered. Come to your favorite location to relax and be waited on by our attentive staff, place an order to pick-up on the way to your event, or let us bring our customized catered spread to you. Our Garden Fresh Fettucine, Italian Sausage & Arugula Pizza, and Spicy Spaghetti al Pomodoro are each packed full of herbs and vegetables from our summer gardens. When you want a taste of summer and the comfort of your favorite Italian dishes, our limited time summer garden selections are the perfect choice. Come try them all before they’re gone.
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!
Buca History 101: From Humble Origins to Global Dining Destination
Often when families are gathered around the dinner table, there are discussions of family history. Children are excited to hear about how grandparents met, where they’ve lived, and how their family grew. Since we consider all of our guests family, we thought we’d share our family story about Buca’s origins, and how we grew from a single location to over 100 restaurants across the globe.
In 1993 the first Buca di Beppo location opened in the basement level (“Buca di Beppo” roughly translates to “Joe’s Basement”) of a downtown Minneapolis apartment building. Emphasizing family-style dining for large groups in a fun atmosphere, the restaurant was an immediate hit with local diners. Originally owned by Parasole Restaurant Holdings Inc., Buca spun off to 5 restaurants in 1996 as the concept grew. Guests were charmed by our themed rooms, thousands of vintage photographs covering every wall in our restaurants, and fun details like recorded sounds of men and women laughing and conversing in Italian in the restrooms. We knew the importance of gathering around the dinner table and integrated a few special tables into each of our restaurants. Each location features a Pope table, which is the restaurant’s largest table, in its own room, named for the centerpiece bust of the Pope. Also, most locations have a chef’s table, usually inset to the wall, directly across from the main kitchen, where the waiters and chefs will chat with guests and bring you samples of the kitchen’s magnificent dishes. These unique rooms, tables, and details drew guests to return over and over again. But of course our food became the star of the show. With each menu item offered à la carte and served family style, our dishes are all shared among each dining party. The portions are plentiful and just like any successful family dinner, no one ever leaves hungry.
Our family of restaurants continued to grow and change. In 1999, when we had 20 restaurants, Buca, Inc. went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange. We steadily added new locations across the United States as demand grew for our delicious Italian inspired dishes. In 2008, Planet Hollywood International, Inc., purchased the Buca chain and in 2011, we moved our corporate office headquarters from the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency hotel to sunny Orlando, Florida. Now, in 2016, we boast 96 restaurants in the United States, 5 restaurants in the United Kingdom, and 2 restaurants in Abu Dhabi! We are so proud of all of our restaurants and so thankful that you choose to bring your family and friends to each of our locations throughout the year. When you come to Buca, you know that you will be treated like family at each location. The next time you want to tell your own family’s history, come to Buca where your table is always ready.
Brighten Up Any Day with Our Chef’s Winter Special: Colorful Penne San Remo
One of our most delicious dishes, our Penne San Remo, has been chosen as our 2016 Winter Chef’s Special. Tasty chicken breasts, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes and green peas are tossed with Italian penne pasta and white wine to create a light cream sauce. Served family-style with our fresh, homemade bread, this dish will warm you up on even the coldest of winter days. Our chefs tenderize the chicken breasts before breading them in flour and special seasonings. They are then sautéed in olive oil and butter until each side is golden brown. The chicken breasts are removed from the pan and sliced into perfect, bite-sized pieces. Garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and artichokes are added to the sizzling pan and dusted with flour. Then in goes the white wine, parmesan cheese, and green peas, to create a vibrantly colored pan of goodness. The sliced chicken returns to the pan and is combined with the rich and creamy sauce. When the perfect flavor profile is reached, a Buca chef adds it to a batch of perfectly al dente penne pasta. This beautifully striking dish will arrive at your table full of bold, but well balanced flavors. Pasta, chicken, and vegetables…what’s not to love?
Come visit us this winter for all your favorites and try our colorful Penne San Remo. One taste and you will be transported from the coldest of locales to sunny San Remo on the Italian Riviera. And since we’re right down the road, you don’t even have to pack!
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