Buca di Beppo. It's been ages since I last been to Buca di Beppo and after our recent dinner, I realize I should go more often! Upon enterting, we were warmly greeted and were given a tour of the various rooms of the Wheeling, IL location. The rooms were well laid out, each with a specific theme and overall, I love the kitschy vibe. The Baron and I describe it as if you were visiting the fun and eclectic Italian aunt who didn't know you have. Red and white checked tablecovers top each table. Frames of old Italian pictures and flags are up on the walls.
There are even some interesting tables to dine on including one set inside the kitchen so you can see how they create their delicious magic front and center! Another is the round Pope table, complete with the bust of the current Pope. Just the ambiance alone gives off a fun, laid back and informal vibe making it a great place to take family, friends or even host a party with the many different rooms available.
Dinner kicked off with a Peach Bellini cocktail, which was delicious! For our appetizer course, we tried the calamari. That too, was very good and we've had our share of calamari. I could have popped those all night and would have been happy. And now for our large Italian meal...
Thank you to the wonderful folks of Buca di Beppo for welcoming us for a visit. The service, food and entire experience was lovely and I'll be sure to come back with a slew of friends to share the delicious offerings of your menu! Check out where your local Buca di Beppo location is near you, follow them on Facebook or even Twitter to keep updated with their specials and promotions.