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.




Neapolitan Cookies

Buca di Beppo Restaurant Recipe

5 eggs, beaten
4 tablespoon butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups flour
1 cup of powdered sugar
6 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the beaten eggs in a large bowl or mixer. Add the melted butter and sugar gradually, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Add the milk,, vanilla, baking powder and flour to make a firm but soft dough. Flour  your hands, break off a small piece of dough and roll it into a thin 6 inch rope, about one-half inch in diameter. Shape the dough rope into a teardrop, joining the ends. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Bake on  a greased cookie sheet about 15 minutes. Move the cookies to a  rack and cool.

For the icing, combine the powdered sugar, water and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Dip the cooled cookies into the icing and serve. Makes 20 cookies.

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