Vintage fun, classic Italian feast: Buca di Beppo

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Buca di Beppo front

After conquering taste buds in over 100 locations worldwide, popular Italian restaurant Buca di Beppo finds a new home in Manila with the opening of its first branch in the country at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. This new spot in Metro Manila gives foodies a nostalgic and whimsical dining experience with its sumptuous Italian family-style feasts and vintage setting.

A piece of history

Originally called Buca Little Italy, the original restaurant opened in 1993 in the basement of an apartment building in Minneapolis, U.S.A.

Five years later, it was renamed Buca di Beppo, which translates roughly to Joe’s Basement. Buca literally means “hole” or the Tuscan slang for basement or cellar, while Beppo is a nickname for Guiseppe, the Italian form of Joseph in Northern Italy.

Bucca di Beppo wants to capture the fun and enthusiasm of an authentic Italian gathering through delectable food, whose recipes have been handed down from generation to generation, and homely interiors.

Whimsical interiors

Inside, Buca di Beppo is a treasure chest of Italian history and pop culture; the walls and ceilings are filled with over photos, artworks, and memorabilia. Expertly curated by interior designer Bob Charles, the over 2,500 images included in the collection mirror the décor of all Buca di Beppo restaurants worldwide. These photos are distributed in the different rooms in groups of four, 10, 20, or 40.

Each room in Bucca di Beppo has its own character and story:

Chef’s Table – Fits eight people, this area is right beside the kitchen. It’s decorated with photos of Italian chefs, as well as the different integral ingredients of Italian cuisine such as tomato, cheese, pasta, eggplant, garlic, and lemon.

Pope Room – Dine under the watchful eye of several prominent popes—St. Peter, Pope Benedict, Pope John Paul II, and Pope John Paul IV to name a few—in this spot that accommodates eight people.

Poster Room – Capable of housing up to 40 people, this space is surrounded with photos of celebrities and other popular personalities like Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert De Niro, and Shaquille O’neal—each of them have been customers of Buca in U.S.

Wine Room – This room that holds up to 20 people features potos of diners who have enjoyed their wine in the restaurant.

Gangster Room – Showcasing images and memorabilia of the notorious and infamous, the spot fits 20 people.

There are statues and local painting displayed around the restaurant as well. Buca di Beppo also hopes to fill its Celebrity Board with famous Filipinos as they come and visit the restaurant.

On one side of the main dining area, a photo of none other than Big Joe, the Joseph, the Beppo who started the restaurant catches eye.

Celebrate Italian feast

Buca di Beppo serves meals perfect for groups with large servings that can satisfy 10 to 12 people, medium-sized meals good for four to six persons, and small portions fit for two diners.

Its menu features authentic Italian favorites like Lasagna, Chicken Parmigiana, and Spaghetti with their famous half-pound meatballs. No steaks or ribs, the restaurant sticks to basic Italian dishes such as appetizers, pizzas, calamari and mussels, and wine.

Indeed, the Buca di Beppo experience is both a culinary and a visual feast. Diners are transported to an Italian world where family and hearty Italian food are celebrated.

Buca di Beppo is located at the Ground Floor, BGC Corporate Center, 11th Avenue corner 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.