Beppo lost an Italian Füd Trial versus Gaspare's
855 Howard Street/4th
hearing at the bar
kind of fell into this one. Our Buca trip over the weekend was not scheduled
as a legitimate Füd Court session but as we stood at the bar getting
going on the inhumanly tall beers and inhumanly cold red wine, we figured
what the hell. 17 extra judges was a bit absurd, but so is everything
at Buca di Beppo. The Buca's more
and comraderie than it is about judicious food tasting. Johnny Reno was
the honorary judge
for the evening, I suppose, seeing as it was his birthday and he sat
in the throne. The Pope oversaw everything but he remained rather stoic
his glass box the entire time, so I don't know if he liked it or not.
I did -- as much as you CAN like mass-produced Italian food. They do
good job, considering the quantities they're putting out there on the
lazy Suze. Ultimately, I never end up CARING much either, because by
time that cold red wine comes around the Susan for the fifth time the
food is hardly the issue -- getting home without falling down in a gutter
is. I didn't.
of Italian restaurants, Buca Di Beppo is a paradise of Bacchanalian delights.
Well, no orgies that I know of, but everything else. The festive, kitsch
atmosphere compliments the insanely huge portions of tasty food and free-flowing
Chianti. It's all good. Definitely get the chicken saltimbocca, chicken
parmagiana, and meatballs. The pizzas are tasty too. And I have to hand
it to them, they are not stingy with the hot spices, which is kind of
daring for a place targeting John Q. Public. It's amazing how good the
food is considering the volume they churn out, aside from the fact that
it's a chain. The pope room has to be reserved way ahead of time, but
it's worth it if you have a large party. And you should have a large party,
because the portions are humongous, and you WILL spend some dough. But
it's la dolce vida at Buca Di Beppo, so live a little.