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.

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Mini Meatballs


MINI MEATBALLS
Buca di Beppo Restaurant Copycat Recipe

Meatball Mix:
1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
2 eggs
2 tablespoons poached garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 ounces provolone cheese, shredded
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 teaspoon sage
3/4 teaspoon rosemary

Coating:
1/4 cup flour 
16 ounces marinara sauce 
8 ounces water 
1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese, grated 
1/2 teaspoon parsley, chopped 

In a mixing bowl, combine the meatball mix ingredients and mix until combined. (Do not over mix. It can cause the meatballs to become tough.) Divide into equal portions and shape into meatballs.

Dust meatballs in flour and deep fry about 1 1/2 to  2 minutes. While meatballs are frying, heat marinara sauce and water in a saute pan. Add meatballs to saute pan and cover. Simmer meatballs and sauce for about 3 minutes. Transfer meatballs and sauce to serving dish. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and parsley.

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