(ARA) - Between work, school and various extra-curricular activities, today's families may not spend as much time together as they would like. Meals are a good way to schedule some quality time into the day -- but who's going to cook?
The magic solution? Take the family to Buca di Beppo. This neighborhood restaurant features family-size platters of real, immigrant, southern Italian specialties in a boisterous, celebratory environment. The walls are covered with family photos, pictures of southern Italy, black-and-white movie star shots and menu boards featuring Buca di Beppo?s specialties. Christmas lights are strung throughout the restaurant all year round, and tacky statuary completes the look.
?Buca di Beppo is the perfect place for the whole family,? says president and CEO Joseph P. Micatrotto. ?Grownups can relax with a glass of wine and let us handle the cooking without worrying that the kids are too noisy. We encourage families to share a meal, relax and enjoy some time together.? Buca di Beppo wants to make supper a more relaxing time for families, a reflection of a more leisurely era when people sat down together for a meal without worrying that they should be checking their voicemail or e-mail.
All the food is homemade and served in portions designed for passing, sampling and sharing. The hearty, peasant fare relies on fresh produce, seafood and chicken for its robust, vibrant flavors and home-cooked quality. The menu features the hearty specialties of Campania, Apulia, Sicily and the rest of Southern Italy -- dishes like Spaghetti Marinara, Chicken Cacciatore, Linguini Frutti di Mare, and Neapolitan pizzas.
Vittorio Renda, Buca di Beppo?s Calabrian-born chef, returns to southern Italy regularly to search out new dishes to bring back to guests. It?s just what mama would serve for dinner if she were from southern Italy. And just like when you eat at mama?s, you'll most likely take home a container of food for future feasting.
Buca di Beppo is open for dinner daily; you can also enjoy lunch there on the weekend; check with your neighborhood Buca?s for special holiday hours as well. And they take reservations, so you and yours won?t have to cool your heels waiting for a table. The restaurants also handle banquets and catering, as well as takeout. Buca di Beppo gift cards make a great, easy gift, too. With close to 100 Buca di Beppo restaurants around the country, there?s bound to be one near you. Visit www.bucadibeppo.com or call (866) EAT -BUCA to find the one closest to you.
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