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 Pesto Pizza

This site will give you the restaurant copycat recipe for Buca di Beppo's Chicken Pesto pizza and also give a video cooking demonstration on how to make fresh pesto.


  • 1/2 cup pesto basil sauce
  • 1 (12 inch) pre-baked pizza crust
  • 2 cups cooked chicken breast strips
  • 1 jar of sun dried tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup Italian cheese blend, shredded


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Spread the pesto sauce over the pizza crust.
  3. Arrange the chicken pieces and tomatoes over the sauce, and sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until cheese is melted and lightly browned at the edges.

Yields 1 pie

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