Author: Chris Kleckner

  • Ring in 2018 with Buca: Make Your New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Reservations Today!

    Will you be celebrating the New Year near your home or you will you be traveling? Come join Buca to celebrate with you and your loved ones! We will be ringing in the New Year from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at your local Buca and at your favorite destination locations such as:

    Make Your New Year’s Eve or Day Reservation Here.

    1. New York City, New York

    Our Big Apple location is in the middle of all the action, situated right between the Good Morning America studio and Times Square. This is the perfect exclusive spot to enjoy an amazing meal and watch the ball drop televised on New Year’s Eve or celebrate New Year’s Day with an Italian feast. For bookings and more information, reach out to www.balldrop.com!

    1. Orlando, Florida

    A top destination for children and adults alike, Orlando knows how to celebrate the New Year. Visit our Florida Mall location in “The City Beautiful,” before watching the fireworks at the theme parks on New Year’s Eve, then come to fuel up for another full day of fun on New Year’s Day.

    1. Los Angeles, California

    Visit our Buca location on the southern side of the Melrose District in West Hollywood (at The Original Farmer’s Market) to fuel up before your long night of festivities and then share all your fun stories of the night before while enjoying your Italian favorites on New Year’s Day.

    1. Honolulu, Hawaii

    Can you think of anywhere better to watch midnight fireworks than in the Big Pineapple? Ring in the new year in Italian and Hawaiian style! Visit Buca di Beppo for a delicious meal on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day and be sure to take in the beautiful fireworks over Waikiki Beach and the Aloha Tower Marketplace.

    1. Las Vegas, Nevada

    Celebrate with over 300,000 of your closest friends in Las Vegas as the entire strip shuts down to all traffic and is transformed into a giant block party. Visit our Excalibur, Paradise, or Summerlin locations before the casinos’ choreographed fireworks display at midnight on New Year’s Eve and then come in on New Year’s Day to laugh over all the fun you had the night before.

    Come dine with us before and after your festivities to say “goodbye” to 2017 and “hello” to 2018! All of our Buca locations are open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Call to make your reservations today because regardless of location, these are two of our busiest days of the year!

    Make Your New Year’s Eve or Day Reservation Here.

  • Don’t Delay—Make Your Christmas Reservations Today!

    The month of December is often spent in a frenzy, but Christmas dinner is a time to stop and enjoy spending time with loved ones over a delicious meal. At Buca, we’d like to extend an invitation to you and your family to join us on Christmas and Christmas Eve for a mouthwatering meal everyone is sure to love.

    Make Your Christmas Day Reservation at Buca Here!

    Focus on Family Time

    Dining at home can present many distractions (televisions, iPads, phones, pets, etc.) that can distract everyone from focusing on the people at the table and the meal you are sharing. At Buca you’ll strike up a conversation about our black and white photos or start sharing stories of Christmas past; focusing on what is important—spending time together.

    New Opportunities and Variety

    Between kids, picky eaters, and dietary restrictions, Christmas dinner menus at home can become overwhelming and stressful. At Buca, kids can be daring by ordering something new or they can simply sample from everyone’s selections. Picky eaters can expand their horizons or stick to one of their tried and true favorites. Finally, Buca can handle the dietary restriction your guests may have. Whether you are a family of diverse tastes or you are all adventurous eaters, Christmas dinner at Buca will meet everyone’s needs.

    Convenience

    Maybe you don’t enjoy cooking? Or you enjoy cooking but don’t want the pressure of Christmas dinner? No matter the reason, Buca can make your Christmas dinner delicious, enjoyable, and convenient. No need to plan for weeks, find recipes, and run all over town purchasing ingredients. No need to wake up at dawn and run a constant rotation of dishes through your oven. At Buca, you simply choose your selections and your family style dishes magically appear before you! By letting our chefs do all the cooking and our staff serve you and your family, you are able to focus on the fun and conversation. To top it all off—no towering piles of dishes for you to tackle at the end of your feast!

    Join Us at Buca

    In our modern lives, it can be difficult to get everyone together for a meal and a large gathering can sometimes pose location and preparation challenges. This year, instead of hosting Christmas dinner in your home, we invite you to come to ours. We are open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! We strongly encourage you to book your reservations today because Christmas is our busiest time of the year and seating is limited!

    Make Your Christmas Day Reservation at Buca Here!

  • Celebrate a New Tradition with Buca: Parties & Holiday Catering

    New traditions have to start sometime, so why not make this the year to start your own special tradition with Buca? Plan a get together for your family and friends at your favorite local Buca or let us bring our delicious offerings to you! From parties to Hanukkah gift giving to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals, Buca can take care of everything so you can focus on your celebration. That’s right—cross “planning, shopping, and preparing the meal” off your To Do list. 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 snuggling by the fire or holiday shopping! 

    Plan Ahead and Book Your Holiday Party Catering Order with Buca Today!

    Party at Buca

    When it comes to family and friends, we believe “the more the merrier” and have tables for groups of all sizes, so invite everyone to your local Buca to celebrate with a special meal. We love hosting parties and like any good host we always make sure that everyone is well taken care of. Our amazing staff will provide stellar service to you and your guests while our talented chefs prepare a wonderful meal for everyone—and you definitely don’t have to worry about anyone leaving hungry with our plentiful family-style portions!

    Invite Buca to Your Party

    Whether you’re feeding a small family or an entire congregation, no gathering is too big or too small for Buca catering. From starters and salads to main courses and desserts, we can cater your event with a full menu of freshly prepared Italian specialties. We can even accommodate your guests’ specific dietary needs, like vegetarian, vegan, low fat, to gluten-free. We make serving and clean up easy by always providing you with plastic plates, utensils, and napkins so you never need to worry about dirty dishes or supplying additional items. Whether you’re planning a cozy dinner for your immediate family or you’ve invited your entire extended family and all of your friends, let Buca di Beppo cater your celebration so you can spend more time enjoying it! Check out our menu and place your order by giving us a call or filling out our online catering order form.

    This year, instead of stressing over your holiday meals, start a new tradition with Buca di Beppo! Call us to make reservations and place your catering orders today!  

    Plan Ahead and Book Your Holiday Party Room with Buca Today!

     

  • Give the Perfect Gift to Everyone on Your Holiday List—Buca Gift Cards

    We tried wrapping up our plates of spaghetti and meatballs but our sauce kept getting everywhere! Skip the mess and get your holiday shopping done in a snap with Buca plastic gift cards and e-gift cards for everyone on your holiday list. Buca gift cards make the best holiday gift for friends, family members, employees, co-workers, and all the other special people in your life like your mail carrier, neighbors, teachers, babysitters, and public service workers. Give the gift of Buca and you give the gift of delicious pasta, plentiful portions, and stellar service, all in our restaurant’s unforgettable atmosphere. They come in multiple sizes and fit everyone on your list! Come in and dine with us for lunch or dinner today and you can pick up your gift cards while you’re here, or order your gift cards and e-gift cards online with just a few keyboard clicks.

    Order Your Holiday Gift Cards Here!

    Mail a Gift Card

    Personalize your gift card with a greeting and choose from three convenient shipping options. We will then mail your traditional, plastic gift cards to your recipient or to you, whichever you prefer. Our gift cards can be redeemed at any participating U.S. Buca di Beppo restaurant and they never expire!

    Send an eGift Card

    Choose one of our e-gift card designs or personalize your gift with your own photo and message. On the delivery date you choose, a message is then sent to the recipient informing them of your gift, with a link to retrieve it online. The link in the email goes to a page showing the beautiful, full-color, customized e-gift card you created, its value, code number, and simple redemption instructions. Buca e-gift cards never have expiration dates or service fees, and e-gift cards have no shipping costs or delivery fees.

    Buca Gift Card Bundle

    During this giving season, we have an amazing gift for you—a Buca Holiday Gift Card Bundle! For every $50 worth of gift cards you purchase now through December 31, 2017, you will receive two $10 reward cards.* Holiday Bundle purchases made online include a digital gift card and two digital reward cards. For plastic Holiday Bundles, visit your nearest Buca di Beppo! Make everyone on your list happy this holiday season by adding a Buca gift card to all of your gifts! And don’t forget to treat yourself, too!

    Get Your Buca Gift Card Here!

    * Reward cards from online gift card purchases will be sent electronically to purchaser email (January Reward Card valid January 1, 2018 – January 31, 2018 and February Reward Card Valid February 1, 2018 – February 28, 2018)

  • Your Buca Holiday Event Planning Timeline

    Planning a holiday party for your staff or your family takes time, patience, and organization. That’s why you should partner with Buca di Beppo, the team who has experience creating thousands of successful events. Here’s our holiday timeline to ensure your party is fun and stress-free.

    Book Your Holiday Events at Buca today!

    What to do now:                 

    • Confirm your forecasted budget. At Buca, our portions are plentiful and our catering specialists can help you maximize any sized budget.
    • Choose your date. Friday and Saturday evenings are traditionally the most popular times for holiday events, so consider an “off” day, such as a Sunday or a weekday. Also, because December is often the busiest time of year for many businesses, there is a growing trend of holding off on year-end holiday parties to host a celebration in January.
    • Decide on your guest list. Will you invite extended family and friends to your family holiday event? Will you invite all of your company’s employees or specific offices, locations, etc.?
    • Select your venue. Will you be needing to make reservations at your favorite local Buca restaurant or will we be bringing our amazing catering to a special location?
    • Send out your official invitations including theme, dress code, RSVP instructions, room block info, etc.   

    Two weeks before your event:

    • Send RSVP reminders to your unregistered guests. The more accurate your head count, the easier it is to finalize your menu selections and seating areas.
    • Promote your event through email, social media, conversations, and posters. Your guests will likely have full calendars full of multiple other Christmas parties, so be sure to send out repeated reminders with enticing messages.

    One week before your event:

    • Send out a detailed update to your guests telling them what to expect, any transportation details, and last minute suggestions.
    • Confirm your schedule if you will be having speeches, awards, etc.

    The hours leading up to your event:

    • Decorate your space to make it festive and welcoming.
    • Be accessible to greet caterers and guests.
    • Enjoy yourself! After brainstorming party ideas and planning your event, take time to enjoy what you’ve created.

    If you use this timeline for managing your holiday party planning and partner with Buca, your event is destined to be amazing! We are ready to accommodate a variety of guest counts and we have multiple available dates to accommodate you. Call us today at 877-955-2822 to make this year’s holiday party truly memorable.

    Book Your Holiday Events at Buca today!

     

  • Black Friday Shopping Tips from Buca

    At Buca we want you to have the most successful and fun Black Friday this year, so we’ve compiled a few tips to make your big shopping day more rewarding and less stressful.

    Come dine at Buca after a busy shopping day.  Make your reservation here!

    Start today:

    Sign up for emails: Which stores will you be shopping at this year? Visit each store’s website and sign up for their email newsletters.

    Check out store layouts: Do a trial run to map out each store’s departments. When you arrive on the big day, you’ll know exactly where to go.

    Make Your Reservations at Buca: Make sure you are well fed during your deal hunting adventures so you aren’t standing in all of those long lines with an empty stomach!

     

    A few days before Black Friday:

    Review the ads and compare prices: Carefully review each store’s ad and compare prices before adding items to your list. While most stores will not price match on Black Friday, you still may find your item priced lower at another store or on-line. 

    Prioritize your shopping list: When creating your list, group your items by store and then list them by order of importance. Be sure to include colors, styles, etc. to ensure you purchase the correct item.

    Create a backup plan: You may not find certain items you are shopping for or they may be sold out. Create a backup plan by adding a second item to your list. 

    Read the fine print: Read the fine print and exclusions (often beneath individual deals or at the bottom of a Black Friday ad) to prevent any last minute surprises.

    Plan your shopping route: Plan your shopping route according to store proximity, opening times, and must have items.

     

    Black Friday:

    Shop with the ads in your hand: Have your ads with you when you shop, so if the price rings up incorrectly, you can show the cashier the ad with the correct price.

    Shop with a friend: Not only is shopping with a friend fun, it can help you divide and conquer by separating and grabbing items from different areas of the store. 

    Watch the clock: The prices of some items change with the clock and some doorbusters are only available for a limited time. 

    Get gift receipts: Gift receipts will make returns or exchanges much easier.

    Talk to people in line: Make the most of your inevitable time in line by chatting with the people around you. Your fellow shoppers may have some deal stories to share that could benefit your shopping plan.

    Fuel up at Buca: Tell everyone to meet at Buca to refuel before heading back out for more deals or after you’ve all shopped until you’ve dropped. We’ll restore you with a delicious meal while you relax, compare notes on stores, and congratulate each other on your purchases.

     

    The Perfect Gift for Everyone on Your List

    Buca gift cards make the best holiday gifts for friends, family members, employees, co-workers, and everyone else on your list. Our gift cards never expire and each recipient is able to get exactly what they want from our massive menu. Come in to enjoy a meal with us and order your gift cards while you eat or simply order them all online.

    Give the gift of Buca and order your Buca Gift Cards here!

  • Gobble ’Til You Wobble with an Abundant Buca Thanksgiving Feast

     

    Thanksgiving is fast approaching! Have you finalized your meal plans? Don’t fret, Buca has the perfect answer to all your Thanksgiving dining needs! Whether you are looking for a cozy meal for two at one of our amazing restaurants or you need to feed your entire extended family, Buca has lots of ideas for making this Thanksgiving delicious and memorable.

    Make Your Thanksgiving Reservation with Buca Here!

    Dine at Our Thanksgiving Table

    Dine with us on November 23rd, beginning at 11 a.m. and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner featuring sliced white meat turkey, homestyle gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, green bean, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. You can also order from our deliciously diverse menu featuring dishes served family-style and portions that are ideal for sharing with family and friends. Our dining and banquet rooms can accommodate any sized party, from your immediate family to your entire extended family and all of your friends. The greatest part about having us host your event is the Italian flair we add to every gathering. We love hosting parties and like any good host we always make sure that everyone is well taken care of. Our amazing staff will provide stellar service to you and your guests and our talented chefs will prepare a wonderful meal for everyone.

    Let Us Bring Our Offerings Directly to You with Our Impeccable Catering

    Make your Thanksgiving gathering easy and stress-free with Catering Pans, Celebration Packages, and more! Buca di Beppo makes your catering experience as easy as possible, meaning your selections will arrive event-ready, accompanied by utensils, plates, and everything else you need to serve your guests. From November 15 until November 23 we can bring our traditional Thanksgiving meal to you in the sizes you need. Order a Half Pan (Serves 10) $199.99 ($19.99 per person), Full Pan (Serves 20) $379.99 ($18.99 per person), or several of each. We are also offering multiple add-on options to your Thanksgiving packages such as extra turkey, stuffing or pumpkin pie! With one of the best reputations in catering, we will always work hard to provide your guests a delicious Italian meal and help make your event a success!  Hurry and place your Thanksgiving catering order before Tuesday, November 21st at 4 p.m.

    Grab Your Selections To Go

    You can also order your Thanksgiving meal To Go November 19th – November 23rd. Choose from: Individual $22.99, Small (Serves 3) $68.99 ($22.99 per person), and Large (Serves 5) $134.99 or order multiple sizes of each to suit the size of your party! You can even add-on extra turkey, stuffing or pumpkin pie! Pickup on Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd, starts as early as 10 a.m. Hurry and place your Thanksgiving To-Go order before Tuesday, November 21st at 4 p.m.

    Let Buca Take Care of Thanksgiving

    Let Buca handle the cooking so you can spend more time with your friends and family this holiday. Place your Thanksgiving catering and To Go orders and make your Thanksgiving reservations with Buca today!

    Order Thanksgiving Catering or To-Go Here.

  • Pre-Order Your Thanksgiving Feasts Today!

    Don’t spend this Thanksgiving stressed out! Let the professionals at Buca cater your Thanksgiving meals or grab Buca To-Go and bring our delicious offerings wherever you go. In addition to all of our menu favorites, we are also offering a traditional Thanksgiving menu which includes: Sliced White Meat Turkey, Homestyle Gravy, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Spicy Italian Sausage Stuffing, Green Bean Blend, Cranberry Sauce and Pumpkin Pie.

    Order Your Thanksgiving To-Go From Buca Here! 

    What’s on Your Calendar?

    Is your whole family coming home for Thanksgiving? Are you in charge of the office Thanksgiving meal? Do all of your friends want to get together to celebrate Friendsgiving? A big, bountiful Thanksgiving meal may sound like a dream, but when it comes to organizing, shopping, and preparing the feast, that dream may begin to lose its luster. Make it easy with Buca catering and To Go! We even have options for friends, family, and coworkers with specific dietary needs such as gluten-free or vegetarian.

    Thanksgiving Catering

    From November 15th until November 23rd we can bring our traditional Thanksgiving meal to you in the sizes you need. Our Party Pans are perfect for any size get together. Order a Half Pan (Serves 10) $199.99 ($19.99 per person), Full Pan (Serves 20) $379.99 ($18.99 per person), or several of each. Order your Thanksgiving meal, choose one of our celebration packages, or one of your classic Italian favorites from our catering menu. Hurry and place your Thanksgiving catering order before Tuesday, November 21st at 4 p.m.

    Thanksgiving To-Go

    From November 19th until November 23rd you can pick up Buca Thanksgiving To-Go.  Choose from: Individual $22.99, Small (Serves 3) $68.99 ($22.99 per person), and Large (Serves 5) $134.99 ($22.49 per person) or order multiple sizes of each to suit the size of your party! Pickup on Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd, starts as early as 9 a.m. Hurry and place your Thanksgiving To-Go order before Tuesday, November 23rd at 4 p.m.

    The professionals at Buca di Beppo are ready to handle all of your Thanksgiving dinner needs. Whether you’re ordering catering or picking up Buca To Go, let Buca do the cooking so you can spend more time enjoying the holiday. Pre-order your Thanksgiving and traditional menu favorites by calling our sales specialist at 877-955-2822 to place your Catering and To Go orders today!

    Order Your Thanksgiving To-Go From Buca Here! 

  • Plan the Perfect Halloween Party with Buca To Go and Catering

    As the end of October rolls around, adults and kids are focused on the fun of Halloween. Whether you are hosting a Halloween trick-or-treating party for the neighborhood kids or an adults-only shindig, one thing is for sure—everyone will be hungry! Make this year the best Halloween ever with Buca To Go and catering.

    Order Buca To Go Here!

    Trick or Treat Pre-Party

    This Halloween, gather all your friends, family, and neighbors for a tasty treat before taking all your little ghosts and goblins out to ring doorbells. By filling everyone’s tummy with something yummy before heading out, you can help prevent crazy blood sugar spikes and crashes from their mini-candy binges. Plan when everyone will be starting their candy collecting spree (check your local newspapers or neighborhood websites for popular starting times) and call Buca to deliver your catering selections. We want everyone to be safe and have fun, so do a quick safety talk while everyone is enjoying their Buca favorites:

    • Make sure your crew is outfitted in reflective tape, glow sticks, and/or flashlights to ensure they will be well seen.
    • Discuss how you will stay with your group, walk in well-lit areas, cross the road, and watch for cars.
    • Depending on the size of your group, decide to all leave and return at the same time or divide up based on age groups.

    Adult Costume Parties

    Whether you’re heading off to a costume party or hosting your own, don’t forget to bring Buca! If you are hosting this year’s Halloween party, set up a buffet full of Italian specialties for your guests to enjoy throughout the party. We offer a variety of pre-selected Celebration Packages or you can create your own customized menu. Simply call us and speak to one of our catering specialists or fill out our online form. If you are heading to a party where all the guests are bringing their own menu offerings, grab Buca To Go. With just a few hours notice, we can have a variety of options ready for you to pick up on your way to the party—giving you more time to put the finishing touches on your winning costume!

    With a little planning this year can be the best Halloween ever. Let Buca take care of your Halloween menu with catering and To Go orders, so you can focus on having a fun night celebrating!

    Cater Your Halloween Party With Buca!  Order Here.

  • Celebrate National Pasta Day October 17th

    Brush up on your pasta ABCs, then come to Buca to taste them all for yourself!

    A—al dente: means “to the teeth” in Italian, describing the ideal consistency for pasta—firm, but not hard.

    B— bolognese (ragù alla bolognese): is a tomato-based sauce originating from Bologna, Italy, made with ground pork, beef and pancetta.

    C—campanelle: means “small bells,” this type of pasta is shaped like a cone with a ruffled edge and a hollow center for capturing sauce.

    D—durum wheat: the hard wheat from which Italian pasta and the majority of American dry pastas are made.

    E—elbow macaroni: short, curved semicircular tubes of pasta, most popular for macaroni and cheese and macaroni salad.

    F—fettuccine: means “small ribbons,” created when flat sheets of pasta are cut into ribbon-shapes. Wider than linguine, this basic noodle pairs well with rich and creamy sauces.

    G—gnocchi: Italian for dumplings, gnocchi has been a staple of northern and southern Italian cooking since the early 19th century.

    H—homemade: from pasta to salads to desserts, Buca di Beppo always serves up heaping portions of homemade favorites.

    I—Italy: pasta is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine, and loved throughout the world.

    J—julienne: julienned vegetables are cut into long, thin strips and are often found in a variety of pasta dishes.

    K—vitamin K: pasta is high in vitamin K, an essential nutrient that regulates blood clotting and transports calcium throughout the body.

    L—lasagna/lasagne: singular “lasagna” are wide, flat sheets of pasta (possibly one of the oldest types of pasta) and “lasagne” is a layered dish featuring alternated layers of lasagna sheets, sauces, and other ingredients (such as meats and cheeses).

    M— manicotti: means “muffs” or “sleeves” in Italian, manicotti are large, tube-shaped noodles.

    N—noodles: Noodles can be made of wheat, rice, soybean, potato, a variety of other flours and ingredients. Italian noodles and pastas are always made from durum wheat flour.

    O—orecchiette: means “little ears,” orecchiette work well with chunky meat and vegetable sauces.

    P—penne: means “quills” or feather pens, these 2-inch straight tubes are cut on the diagonal to resemble the point of a quill.

    Q—quadrucci: means “little squares,” this short-cut pasta is often used in soups.

    R—ragù: a meat-based sauce created by adding meat to chopped onions, celery, carrots and seasonings and then simmering for a long time with tomato sauce.

    S—spaghetti: means “lengths of cord,” this long, thin, round pasta is the number one pasta shape in America.

    T—tortellini: small pasta stuffed with a variety of fillings and is also frequently served in Italian soups.

    U—utensils: What’s the proper way to eat pasta? A fork and spoon or just a fork? At Buca di Beppo, we never judge, as a matter of fact some of our youngest diners simply use their hands! 

    V—vermicelli: means “little worms,” this round pasta is slightly thinner than spaghetti but thicker than angel hair.

    W—whole grain pasta: whole grain pastas are available in brown rice, kamut, quinoa, soba (buckwheat), and spelt, and whole wheat.

    X—X-shaped: farfalle pasta is described as x-shaped or bow-shaped.

    Y—yeast: a necessary ingredient in Buca’s mouthwatering homemade bread, the perfect accompaniment to any pasta dish.

    Z—ziti: means “bridegrooms,” in Italian vernacular, baked ziti is traditionally served at wedding banquets.

    Pick your favorite from A to Z and celebrate National Pasta Day on October 17!  At Buca we celebrate Pasta every day of the year!

    Make a Reservation for National Pasta Day Here.