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.




Buca di Beppo Restaurant - Green Beans

Using fresh beans and keeping them crisp during the preparation are critical for this simple recipe to work. The Italians cooks season their vegetables very simply to enhance the flavor and I'm sure you will enjoy this recipe from Buca di Beppo.


  • 1 pound of fresh green beans
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 2 medium lemons, the juices
  • salt, to taste


Prepare the green beans by clipping off the stem end.

  1. Melt the butter in a sauté pan on low heat.
  2. Squeeze the juice out of two medium-size lemons. Strain the pulp and the seeds out of the lemon juice.
  3. When butter is melted, carefully add the lemon juice to the pan. Raise the temperature to medium and reduce until the lemon juice and butter become a sauce. Do not brown the butter.
  4. Place the clipped, fresh green beans in boiling water for two to three minutes. Do not overcook. The green beans should remain crisp.
  5. Strain the green beans and add to the sauce in the sauté pan.
  6. Toss the green beans in the sauce and season with salt to taste. Serve immediately.

Serves 4

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