Thursday, March 6, 2014

Vendor Spotlight: Buca di Beppo

Vendor Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant
Phone 619-233-7272 (2 other locations in Carlsbad and Mira Mesa)
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Company Background
Philip A. Roberts, our founder, had a vision. After traveling extensively throughout the southern regions of Italy, and visiting hundreds of restaurants across America, he imagined a restaurant where people could enjoy vital, vibrant, and powerfully flavored food. He wanted to create an environment that was fun, witty and welcomed the Guest into an immigrant, southern Italian family.

The first Buca was opened in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota in
the summer of 1993. The site is located in the basement of a brownstone apartment building that inspired the original name “Buca.” “Buca,” when translated, means basement.

The immediate success led to the opening of the second and third locations in St. Paul and Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The popularity of the concept increased and the partners decided to continue the growth of the company throughout the country. The stores in Seattle, WA, and Palo Alto, CA were opened under the name “Beppo.” “Beppo” is a nickname, which in Italian means “Big Joe.” “Big Joe” or “Giuseppi,” is a fictitious character, created as the inspiration for our concept. As we continued to grow, we decided to add our authenticity by combining the two names. So, in 1997, “Buca di Beppo,” or “Big Joe’s Basement” was created.

Buca was purchased by Planet Hollywood in August 5, 2008, merging two great companies!

Buca di Beppo described in three words:
Fun, Festive, Delicious

What type of cuisine does Buca di Beppo cater?
Fabulous Italian

What got you interested in the catering industry and what is the most rewarding part of your job? 
 I love great food! The most rewarding [part] is a happy client.

If you weren’t working with food and catering, what would you be doing?
I would be a professional dancer and artist

What’s special about catering for weddings? What is your favorite part about catering for weddings?
We bring forth our expertise of service and pay attention to every single detail. Our staff will absolutely spoil you. 

Making the couple feel comfortable in knowing that they are in the best of hands. 

How would you describe the Buca di Beppo experience?
The enticing aroma of authentic Italian specialties will seduce you, the sweet sounds of Frank Sinatra will serenade you and our staff will positively spoil you.  Our menu offerings are served family-style and are meant to be shared. We provide an eclectic vintage setting and offer exceptional banquet menus, special occasion and bar packages for groups of all sizes.

Name one thing that sets Buca di Beppo apart from its competitors:
All of our sauces are homemade and we serve half pound meatballs.