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Cynthia and I were invited to dinner with our friends Joe and Misty.
Joe suggested a place called Buca di Beppo.

We love Italian food and are even more excited about finding good Italian food since our trip. In all honesty I did not have very high expectations but figured we would go eat and chat and it would be a nice evening.

As it turns out, Buca di Beppo is just plain awesome! The restaurant is part of a chain but don’t let that deter you. The decor is rather campy with lots of pictures on the walls, no windows and kind of a “TGIF” atmosphere with boisterous wait staff and a festive mood. In checking the web site they have locations all over the county.

The menu is on a placemat in front of you and also posted on the wall. We were informed that the portions were quite large and the idea was to order 1-2 entrees and share them. The food is very Sicilian and, as such, is rather heavy and quite hardy.

We had Caprese (which we discovered in Italy) for an appetizer and it was just as good as anything we had on our trip. We ordered Chicken Cacciatore along with a plate of the best green beans I have ever tasted. It was enough to feed the four of us. We added a bottle of wine and it was a fabulous meal. There was even enough leftover to take home to feed four people again.

We decided to order 2 deserts and the four of us could not even finish one.

Huge portions, great food and wonderful staff. If you have a party of 4 or more I can wholeheartedly recommend this place. You will not be disappointed.

Restaurant review

2 thoughts on “Restaurant review

  • June 20, 2005 at 10:55 pm
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    That’s been my only problem when having gone there.
    Too much food!
    When they say Family Style meals and portions, they are NOT kidding.

    Do they have an open kitchen format at the one there in Houston like the one here in Austin?

    They not only encourage people to tour the kitchen at the one here, they have a booth in the kitchen you can sit at if you want to. Although why anyone would really want to I don’t know, but I do think it’s cool that they are proud enough of their kitchen practicies to allow anyone in to see what they are doing in there.

  • June 21, 2005 at 9:30 am
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    I love Beppos!! We’re lucky enough to have 2 in the Bay area, and they’re both great. The decor, the food and the service are warm, interesting, and make you want to come back. I’m glad you discovered it 🙂

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