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.




Chicken Carbonara

This site provides a video cooking demonstration from the Chef at Bucca di Beppo with detail on how to make chicken carbonara pasta.


  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 8 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken strips
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups Alfredo sauce (see recipe)
  • 2/3 cup of peas
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 pounds cooked spaghetti

Alfredo Sauce

  • 1 quart heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 cups Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat until very hot.
  2. Add the prosciutto slices, and sauté until the prosciutto starts to brown and has bubbly white caps.
  3. Add the chopped garlic and sauté just long enough for the garlic to begin to caramelize.
  4. Add the chicken, cream and Alfredo sauce, and slowly bring the sauce to a simmer.
  5. Add the peas and season with black pepper.
  6. Cook until the sauce thickens slightly and the chicken is hot.
  7. Toss the cooked pasta with the sauce and incorporate well
  8. To make the alfredo sauce, heat the cream over medium heat until reduced by a third.
  9. Add the softened butter, stirring constantly, then incorporate the cheese, and salt and pepper to taste.


  1. Can this be frozen? Love this recipe.

  2. My favorite. This recipe was so simple to make and tasted just like Bucca!! My daughter was very impressed lol

  3. My favorite. This recipe was so simple to make and tasted just like Bucca!! My daughter was very impressed lol

  4. My fiance and I just made this....and let me tell you, it is PERFECT. I'm Sicilian so I know a little something about pasta, but I've never made it this good...haha, thank you!