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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Pasta e Fagioli Soup


PASTA e FAGIOLI
Buca di Beppo Restaurant Recipe

8 ounces dried cannellini beans
4 ounces of bacon
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped onion
2 tablespoons chopped celery
2 tablespoons chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste 
1 cup tubetti
1/4 cup grated pecorino Romano cheese
2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley

Soak the beans in water overnight. Drain. Place in a large Soup pot, cover with about 3 quarts of water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for about 2 hours. Fry the bacon until crisp. Drain the excess fat and set aside. In the olive oil, saute the onions, celery and carrots until translucent. Set aside.

When the beans are soft, remove one third of them. Puree in a blender and then return them to the pot to thicken the soup. Add vegetables, tomatoes, bacon, salt and pepper. Mix well and keep cooking over low heat. Meanwhile,  cook the pasta until al dente. Drain the pasta, add it to the soup and mix well. For the soup into large bowls. Sprinkle with cheese and parsley and serve. Makes 8 servings.

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