Buca Di Beppo aka Joe’s Basement is an American restaurant chain specializing in Italian-American cuisine. Buca Di Beppo is all about fresh Italian cooking. The restaurant takes on a family-style dining concept, where all of their dishes are good for sharing. Their recipes were handed down from many generations by Italian immigrants.
The name of the first ever restaurant was “Buca Little Italy”, which was located in an apartment building in Minneapolis back in 1993. After 5 years, it was renamed to “Buca di Beppo”. The restaurant chain is known for its vintage setting with old photographs hung on the walls and restrooms with distinct Italian music.
My favorite spot is downstairs though. Nothing else makes me feel more gangster than dining with great New York mobsters of old like Al Capone, Tommy Luchese, Joe Gallo, and much more. You better finish Buca’s spaghetti if you know what’s for good for ya, capisce?
If you’re feeling holier than thou, try sitting at Buca’s “Pope Table”, the largest round table you can find in the room with a sculpture of the pope as its centrepiece. If not, then you can feel uncomfortable as the Pope’s bust stares at you while you slurp up your Fettucine Alfredo. I swear those eyes followed me everywhere I go.
The restaurant also features a “Lover’s Corner” for those who look for an intimate evening. Feel inspired to get it on with your Amore as you dine underneath photos of aged, romantic, and iconic scenes from Italian pop-culture.
The Mixed Garden Salad (PHP 365 Small) is crunchy and fresh! Its got mixed lettuce tossed in their signature Italian vinaigrette with Roma tomatoes, red onions, pepperoncini & black & green olives. Definitely one of their noteworthy insalata.
The Ceasar Salad (PHP 195 Small) whets your appetite with their tasty and distinctively lemony signature Caesar dressing tossed in with Romaine hearts, roasted garlic croutons, and parmesan.
The Apple Gorgonzola Salad (PHP 855 Small) is made with Granny Smith apple, mixed lettuce, their authentic Italian dressing, crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, spiced walnut halves or chunks, and dried cranberries.
What makes Buca so famous isn’t their eccentric decor, it’s their traditional home cooked Italian recipes. The secret technique to their Chicken Limone (PHP 655 Medium) popularity is white wine, Lemon butter sauce, capers, cream. The rest of the technique requires pounding tye chicken breast until thin.
Their Eggplant Parmigiana (PHP 1095 Medium) is made with a shallow or deep-fried sliced eggplant filling, layered with cheese and tomato sauce, then baked.
You can’t get more Italian than having slightly sour and tangy Spaghetti Marinara (PHP 485 Small)! A recipe that originated from Naples made with tomatoes, garlic, herbs, and onions. Tried and true, and should never falter. Forza Italia!
Close your eyes for a second and imagine cheese melting and emulsifying liquid butter to form a smooth and rich sauce coating on ribboned pasta. Hungry yet? Then, you better check out Buca’s Fettucine Alfredo (PHP 425 Small) as it’s extremely rich and flavorful.
Last but not least, their Spaghetti with (half -pound) Meatballs (PHP 575 Small) is their iconic dish as many celebrities have tried to finish with one-go. Made with homemade Marinara sauce, this famous but simple Italian dish is considered legendary among Italian cuisine enthusiasts.
The Pizza con Formaggio (PHP 575) is made with mozzarella, garlic infused olive oil and their authentic pizza sauce.
Their Tiramisu is superbly flavored as it features homemade ladyfingers soaked in dark rum & espresso, layered with sweetened mascarpone cheese & topped with cocoa & crumbled hazelnut biscotti.
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