Some things, like our commitment to serving authentic Italian cuisine in a fun, exciting atmosphere, never change. Our many tasty offerings, on the other hand, we don’t mind changing up every once in a while. What we’re trying to say is that we’ve got four delicious menu items debuting this month – the Warm Tomato & Spinach Salad, the Chicken Inferno, the Soffici Cuscini and the Penne al Forno. Starting Monday, February 9, you’ll be able to order any of these items at your neighborhood Buca!
Warm Tomato & Spinach Salad
Let’s start with the first course. What ever happened to salad? At so many restaurants these days, what was once a refreshing, bright plate of fresh produce somehow became a mishmash of lackluster foodstuffs. But not at Buca di Beppo! At our restaurants, the art of the salad is alive and well and this new tomato and spinach pairing proves it. The Warm Tomato & Spinach Salad features fresh spinach tossed with a warmed balsamic vinaigrette, red onions, spiced pecans, feta cheese and vibrant Roma tomatoes. There’s lots of red and green – the colors of Italy! Enjoy it as a meal by itself or let it prep your palate for one of our incredible entrées.
Mama mia! Our Chicken Inferno is an explosion of peppers – pepperoncini and a mix of red and green bell peppers, to be exact. Along with that flavorful medley of pepperiness, we throw in a bounty of fire-roasted tomatoes and yellow onion and cover the whole thing with a spicy rosa sauce. Think you can handle this pollo inferno?
Nothing compares to quality gnocchi and we think our Soffici Cuscini (Italian for “fluffy pillows”) qualify. Gnocchi are soft, doughy dumplings that may be made from semolina, wheat flour, egg, cheese, potato and other homey, starchy ingredients. Although they could be defined as an “alternative” to pasta, they certainly have the comforting, satisfying nature of a homemade pasta dish. Beppo’s Soffici Cuscini gnocchi are no exception. Topped with pancetta and red onions then tossed with spicy, creamy vodka sauce, these little pillows of dough are worthy of their name. We finish this particular rendition with basil and Parmesan which makes for a truly incomparable entrée.
Penne al Forno
We just wouldn’t be Buca without our traditional pasta dishes! For a hearty lunch or a memorable dinner, try the three-meat Penne al Forno with sautéed spicy Italian sausage, prosciutto and pepperoni. Of course, we couldn’t choose just one cheese to go with these three wonderful proteins so we chose four: ricotta, provolone, mozzarella and Parmesan. Finally, we smother the penne with our homemade marinara sauce. Buon appetito!