Short Review and Pictures from Dinner at Buca di Beppo
A group of us had dinner at Buca di Beppo last week. The idea there is to serve Italian dishes “family style” in which diners can share entrees with each other. I like the concept; it’s sort of a homey, informal style that’s pretty comforting and reinforced by the hokey old-school Italian trinkety wall decorations. For food, we didn’t try much but I thought the Bruschetta was actually really good. Here’s a picture:
What made it so tasty was the really garlicy and crunchy ciabatta bread. It provided a superb base for a tomato topping that really should have been better in August. The basil and olive oil were fine but the tomatoes were just tasteless. Which is not to say they were terrible. . . they just could have been so much better with tomatoes from the farm stand down the street. Oh well. On to the entree; Katelyn and I shared the Penne Campofiore. Here’s a look:
It was a nice combination of zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and spinach. The sauce was a light vegetable broth-based concoction with Romano cheese and garlic. The vegetables were all well-cooked (by which I mean not overcooked) and the artichoke hearts were really delightful. The sun-dried tomatoes were an “eh” ingredient. They just have no power to excite me anymore. The penne was perfectly al dente and really matched well structurally with the rest of the dish. I thought it was a fine dish.
Dessert was sort of an insipid affair. We ordered the tiramisu which tasted more like rum than anything else. Not recommended! But the restaurant has enough good graces (like a BYOB policy) that I wouldn’t be opposed to going back sometime. Here’s some more pictures from the experience: