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This nationwide chain of Italian restaurants first opened in 1993 in the basement of a Minneapolis apartment, and there are now over 86 locations throughout the country, including four in the Phoenix metro area: Peoria, Chandler, Mesa, and Scottsdale. Antipasti selections like bruschetta, fried mozzarella, and garlic bread stay true to the Italian theme. Most dishes on Buca di Beppo’s menu are served family-style in small and large sizes and are meant to be shared between 2 to 4 people. Favorite entrées to pass around the table include prosciutto-stuffed chicken, veal parmigiana, Chianti braised short ribs, linguine frutti di mare, shrimp fra diavolo, and penne arrabbiata. Buca di Beppo also has Italian-American classics like spaghetti and meatballs, fettuccine alfredo, baked lasagna, Italian sausage with marinara, and pizza. To account for common food sensitivities, the chain restaurant has a gluten-free menu featuring mozzarella caprese, chicken marsala, salmon limone, Italian broccoli Romano, and more.
The food is authentic Italian. Not Ital-american. If you want to impress a date, ask to be seated in the kitchen. It's warm so wear short sleeves, but it's fun and gives you something to talk about should the conversation flag.
Mama pee-a! The men's rest room at this popular Scottsdale family-style trattoria offers black-and-white pics so naughty they'd result in felony charges if posted on the Internet. The dirty dozen or so images feature young Italian boys urinating on alley walls, street poles and into the camera. Full-frontal prepubescent nudity abounds in a collection that attempts to charm and, hopefully, rarely succeeds. (Yes, the photos in the women's rest room are also a bit racy, but they cannot compare... More »
Buca di Beppoed: Readers may recall the food fight in New Times' letters section several weeks ago over my review of Buca di Beppo. Some correspondents bashed me; others sided with me. Let's give the final word to Lane Schmiesing, Buca di... More »
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