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.




Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp

Buca di Beppo Restaurant Recipe

1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/2 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup fresh cherry tomatoes, halved
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 pound angel hair pasta
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and saute the garlic until it is light brown. Add the shrimp and cook for about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper, and cook over low heat for 4 to 5  minutes.

While the sauce is cooking, bring a pot of water to a boil and add the pasta, cooking until al dente. Make sure to stir the pasta so it does not stick together. Drain the pasta and add sauce.  Toss well.  Garnish with fresh basil. Makes 2  servings.

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