Buca, Inc. is an industry leader in terms of growth in the number of restaurants it oversees. The company owns and operates 51 full service, dinner-only restaurants under the name Buca di Beppo. Its restaurants are located in 18 states as well as the District of Columbia. Buca di Beppo (meaning 'Joe's basement') restaurants differentiate from other Italian restaurant chains by providing distinctive oversized Southern Italian family style portions in a casual, festive, humorous, socially interactive atmosphere. Appealing to nostalgic trends, the décor at each of Buca's restaurants irreverently exaggerates the clichés of traditional postwar neighborhood Italian/American restaurants. In terms of scale, Buca thinks big: large food portions, large tables, and large restaurant size with an average seating capacity of 300.




Apple Gorgonzola Salad

This simple salad from Buca di Beppo is really easy to re-create at home and this site will give you the restaurant copycat recipe.


  • 8 ounces of Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of Gorgonzola Cheese, crumbles
  • 2 ounces of walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of cranberries, dried
  • 1/2 cup of Italian vinaigrette


  • 1/3 cup of white wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dry mustard
  • 1/8 cup of red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon if garlic, chopped
  • A pinch of black pepper


  1. Wash and dry the lettuce in a colander.
  2. Chop the lettuce into 1 inch thick slices.
  3. Slice off 2 sides on an apple along the side of the core.
  4. Cut long slices for garnish.
  5. Remove the core and dice the rest of the apple.
  6. Mix all the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl.
  7. Pour over the lettuce.
  8. Add the apples, walnuts, cranberries and cheese.
  9. Toss well.
  10. Place and garnish with remaining sliced apples.

Serves 1-2

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