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.
Buca di Beppo Restaurant Copycat Recipe
4 pounds whole pork loin
salt & pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup butter
1 cup limoncello
3 tablespoons minced garlic
3/4 cup sliced pepperoncini pepper
1 lemon, sliced thin horizontally
5 whole pepperoncini peppers
Cut pork into 1/2 inch thick slices, then pound each piece flat into 1/4 inch thick pieces. Season both sides of pork pieces with salt and pepper, then dredge in flour, shake lightly, and set aside.
Heat olive oil in large non-stick skillet over medium high heat, until smoking. Working in batches (make sure to leave space between pieces or it won't brown properly) Saute the pork in hot oil until lightly golden brown on both sides (about 2 minutes per side). Set the pork pieces aside when done.
In the same skillet, reduce heat to low and melt butter. Once the butter is melted, add the limoncello (careful--it will steam very high for a couple of seconds). Simmer for about two minutes, then add all of the pork pieces, overlapping slightly if necessary. Raise the heat to medium-low, and immediately sprinkle the garlic over the top, then cover pan with lid and simmer five minutes more. Turn pork over, squeeze about six lemon slices in between pork and layer the top with pepperoncini slices. Cover and simmer an additional three minutes. Pork should have a deep golden color when done.
Arrange the pork on a serving platter, drizzle any remaining sauce over the meat, then garnish plate with remaining lemon slices and whole pepperoncinis.