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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Salmon With Pesto Cream Sauce


SALMON with PESTO CREAM SAUCE
Buca di Beppo Restaurant Copycat Recipe

2 pounds salmon
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup basil pesto
3/4 cup half and half
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Season the salmon if you choose and either sear in a pan, then place in oven to cook until finished or grill. Keep warm if it finishes prior to the sauce.

In the meantime, warm the olive oil in a saute pan until just warm and add pesto and heat on medium until it becomes more liquid. Add the cream and half and half and bring to a gentle boil while whisking. Continue to cook over low heat stirring frequently until thickened. Add the parmesan cheese and stir until melted. Serve salmon on a bed of the sauce. Serves 6-8.

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