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.
Italian Wedding Soup
ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP
Buca Di Beppo Recipe
2 quarts chicken stock
4 ounces chicken breasts, strips cooked
5 ounces sausage meatballs, cooked
2 ounces escarole, chopped
1/2 lb Italian pastina, cooked
1/2 cup romano cheese
1 ounce diced red pepper
1 ounce romano cheese, garnish
Sausage Meatballs: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll 5 oz. of sausage into miniature meatballs.
Place on a well oiled cookie sheet and bake in oven for 5 minutes. Remove and let cool. Set aside.
Pastina: Bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Add 1 lb. Pastina. Cook until al dente (about 10 minutes). Strain and set aside.
Chicken Tenders: Slice 4 oz. of boneless chicken breast into strips. Brush cookie sheet with olive oil, and lay out chicken strips. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and oregano. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. Remove and let cool. Set aside.
To Serve: Heat chicken stock. When boiling add cooked chicken, sausage meatballs, chopped escarole and Pastina. In a separate bowl mix 2 fresh eggs and 1/2 cup of Romano cheese. Add the egg/Romano cheese mixture to the boiling soup and stir gently. Cook one more minute until egg mixture is firm. Pour into bowls and garnish with diced red peppers and Romano cheese.