I was here over the summer with family and relatives. And this is the ideal place to bring large crowds. Though its a chain, it does have a feel of a New York Italian restaurant, maybe on steroids. With all the visuals – pictures, statues, and even the staff, this place might have gone a bit too far. But I think that’s part of the fun.

I’ve only been to Buca, perhaps, 3 or 4 times, not enough after thinking about it. I always have a good time when I do visit. I like the large plates and bowls of pasta and the over-sized thin crust pizzas, and most of all the desserts.

I usually order the linguine and clams, but I think lately I haven’t been doing well with clams. The spaghetti and meatball is a classic favorite that most people enjoy and like. But tonight, I insisted on the lasagna, which was the right choice for tonight. When this huge plate of pasta arrived, the cheese, on top, made it look like a big cake. It looked perfect. My relatives and parents weren’t usually accustomed to to big Italian style pastas, but they seemed to like this combination of cheese, ground meat, and pasta. I felt like Garfield, the cat, when I ate this.

This pizza we got, was good, but non memorable. No biggie.

The dessert, the tiramisu, was not my first choice this past visit. Its kinda funny, a tiramisu is a layered dessert, similar to that of a layered pasta, lasagna. The bread pudding was my favorite, but is discontinued and no longer offered. I was sad. This semi-sweet dessert was the my only disappointment from Buca.

Anyways. .. Buca’s a good place, I’m sure you’ve heard.

2 pigs, $$

Buca di Beppo
80 W Green St
Pasadena, CA
(626) 792-7272