The Pope is the Bishop of Rome and the leader of the Catholic Church worldwide. His ecclesiastical jurisdiction, the Diocese of Rome, is often called “the Holy See.” In addition to the religious power he wields, the pope is also the political head of state of Vatican City, a sovereign city-state entirely enclaved within Italy’s capital city. The papacy is one of the most enduring institutions in the world and has played a prominent part in world history – Italian history especially. In ancient times, popes helped spread Christianity and settle doctrinal disputes. In the middle ages, they were involved in the secular development of Western Europe as well, often acting as arbitrators between Christian monarchs. Currently, in addition to the expansion of the Christian faith and doctrine, the popes stay involved in interfaith dialog, charitable work and the defense of human rights. Pope Francis has been in the headlines a lot since his papacy began in 2013. He may be Argentinian but, judging from his peaceful yet down-to-earth demeanor, we’d say the Italian way of life is starting to rub off on him.
Though the Pope’s power is now mostly religious, we think that there’s no better way to trace the history of Italy than by reviewing the lineage of popes. Even today, Vatican City is an epicenter of Italian culture. That’s why every Buca di Beppo Restaurant has a Pope Room decorated with statues, photographs and other artistic representations of popes past and present plus souvenirs straight from the Vatican! Each Pope Room is furnished with a single round table, large enough to seat 12 to 18 people. A “lazy susan” sits in the middle of the table, making it easy for diners to share fresh breads, colorful salads and big bowls of our signature pastas. We highly suggest the Pope Room for most any occasion!
The Italian word for Pope is “Papa” which also means father! If that doesn’t prove that the Pope Room is the perfect place to go for a Father’s Day lunch or dinner, then we don’t know what does.
The First Communion is a big day in a child’s life! It should be celebrated Vatican-style with lots of food and family fun. That’s exactly what you’ll get in this themed room along with excellent service and a whimsical atmosphere.
Hosting a family reunion this summer? Reuniting with some relatives you haven’t seen in a while? With its huge family table, the Pope Room is perfect for private family meals. Since everyone can see everyone else, it’s easy to make the most out of your time together at the Pope Room’s round table.