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 Copycat Recipe
8 ounces mozzarella, fresh ball
1/2 cup flour
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
extra virgin olive as need to fry
Slice the ball of mozzarella into 8 slices with a serrated knife. Put the flour and some salt and pepper in a small bowl. In another bowl beat the egg and mix with a little water. In a third bowl add the bread crumbs. Gently pat each mozzarella slice with flour, dip in the egg wash, and then coat with bread crumbs. In a large skillet, heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. When hot, add the slices and pan fry for about a minute on each side, so they are nicely browned and the mozzarella softened.