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Buca di Beppo (Italian): ...
It's weird. My food experiences at this establishment differ every single visit. The first time I dined at a Buca resto was many years ago and my date and I thought the food sucked back then (I remember how liqour ladened the tiramasu was). However, visits thereafter changed my impression, but then the last time I returned, the food again seemed gross. The chicken parmesan was way too salty, as was the pepperoni pizza, and the pasta dish we had was just blah. There's plenty of other Italian restaurants that serve up great Italian cuisine, but Buca's draw is its casual and comfy ambience/atmosphere, neat decor with memorabilias all over the walls, and humongous family-sized portions. It's definitely a good spot for large gatherings and celebrations.
Buca di Beppo: Family Style Italian restaurant
This is the place for our VT Meeting. Food here come with very big portion, it's considered big even in American standard. We ordered 3 dishes and they able to feed the stomach of 7 adults and 1 kid.
Favorite Dish: This is chicken with meshed potato. Well... honestly, it taste like American dish more than Italian dish.
Buca di Beppo: Meatball Spegetti
Actually, this restaurant is pretty budget. Because food portion is so big, people usually come here with a big group, for birthday / celebration / party. Definately not a romantic restaurant.
Favorite Dish: This meatball spegetti was nice too, but still prefer the seafood pasta.
Buca di Beppo: GREAT Italian
Even as commercial as Universal City Walk can be, Buca is a breath of fresh air. A bit of a wait on most nights (not just weekends) but it is well worth it.
If you call and are lucky, try for the "Kitchen" seating. There is a booth in the Kitchen where the staff give you hints on what is going on and explain all the dishes. Plus you get to see them putting it all together....
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Buca di Beppo: Italian food- family style....
Buca's is a fantastic place to go to if you're planning a group outing with 10 or more people. You get served the food family style portions resulting in an affordable meal for the night.
Food: I honestly can't remember because last time I was there, it was for my birthday and I ended drinking more than eating. LOL. No complaints...typcial American Italian food.
Ambience: The atmosphere is really what makes this restaurant special. I love the decor. Painted in bright red, with photos and signs all over the walls, gives the restaurant a homey, even cluttered feel. It's even interesting going into their bathrooms. =)
Favorite Dish: Don't remember but good family sized portions. They also have dinners if the party is smaller (2-3 people)....waiters are great too.
Buca di Beppo: Get the Pope Room for a large group
Family style dining. The Pope Room is great because you are at a large circular table with a bust of the Pope in the middle. For a large group it is relatively inexpensive.
Favorite Dish: Chicken Parmagiana
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