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.




Shrimp Arrabbiata

  • 3 ounces olive oil
  • 1 pound fresh shrimp
  • 2 1/2 ounces garlic, peeled
  • 4 ounces whole shallots, peeled
  • 5 ounces white wine
  • 2 1/2 ounces lemon juice
  • 8 ounces tomatoes, cut
  • 3 ounces Calamata olives
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons red pepper
  • 1 1/2 ounces butter
  • 1 1/2 ounces ricotta salata cheese
  • 10 ounces butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sage
  • 1 1/2 ounces garlic
  • 2 ounces Romano cheese
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 pounds angel hair pasta

Coarsely chop the shallots. Pull butter to soften. Cook the angel hair al dente and lightly oil. finely chop fresh sage. Half the pitted black olives and portion to 3 ounces cut ricotta salata in 1/4 inch cubes and portion to 1 1/2 ounces.

Heat olive oil in sauté pan, add shrimp and sauté for approximately 30 seconds. Add the garlic and shallots for 30 seconds. Add white wine, lemon juice, fresh chopped tomatoes, black olives, salt and crushed red pepper. Cook until the shrimp are just cooked through, remove pan from heat and add the room temperature butter. In a large sauté pan, place the room temperature butter, crushed red pepper, salt, finely chopped sage and chopped garlic. Place heated pasta in sauté pan and toss well to incorporate all ingredients thoroughly. toss with Romano cheese and place on a large platter. Top with shrimp sauce, garnish with cubed ricotta salt and serve to delighted guests.

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