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The first Buca di Beppo opened its doors in 1993 in Minneapolis, Minnesota serving family style traditional Italian meals in an atmosphere full of lively music, laughter and lots of fun. Every Buca di Beppo restaurant across the United States was designed to capture the enthusiasm of a lively Italian gathering filled with generous portions of classic Italian food. Gather around our tables with family, friends, co-workers and large group events. Order Buca to go and for classic Italian food catering. You can read more about Buca di Beppo story here.
Our name is tied to our history! “Buca di Beppo” roughly translates to “Joe’s Basement”. Did you know the first Buca di Beppo location opened in the basement level of a downtown Minneapolis apartment building? Read more about Buca di Beppo story here.
Each Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant offers an eclectic setting designed to make every occasion a celebration! Guests are charmed by our themed rooms, thousands of vintage photographs covering every wall in our restaurants, and fun details like recorded sounds of men and women laughing and conversing in Italian in the restrooms. The decor at every Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant is meant to be over the top! We promise to tickle your funny bone and spark conversation. Everyone loves admiring the walls covered in family photos and candid shots of Italian-American icons such as Sophia Loren and Joe DiMaggio, while listening to the classic tunes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. But of course our classic Italian food is the star of the show! The portions are plentiful and just like any successful family dinner, no one ever leaves hungry. Want to know more about Buca? Read more about Buca di Beppo story here. Themed rooms at Buca di Beppo include The Poster Room, where the walls and ceiling are covered with vintage Italian posters. In The Wine Room, you’ll find wine bottles, vines, and twinkle lights decorating the ceiling. Of course, our most famous themed room is The Pope Room. An iconic feature of every Buca di Beppo restaurant paying homage to pontifs of the past.
The Pope Room at Buca di Beppo is iconic! Did you know you can dine with the pope at every Buca di Beppo location? Buca di Beppo is known for serving great Italian food in a fun eclectic setting celebrating everything Italian. The Pope Room, found at every Buca di Beppo location, is decorated with statues, photos and memorabilia from Popes of the past. An important part of Italian culture is gathering around the dinner table. This is why we’ve integrated a few special tables into each of our restaurants including our most famous, The Pope Table, located at the center of The Pope Room, of course!
The Pope Table is the largest table in the restaurant, seating from 12 – 18 guests. Perfect for celebrating any special occasion. And because Buca di Beppo’s Italian food is meant to be shared family style, at the center of The Pope Table you’ll find a lazy Susan with the bust of the Pope on top and room to share bread and salad around. You can reserve The Buca Pope Room on our RESERVATIONS PAGE or call your local Buca di Beppo for special event arrangements.
Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurants are owned and operated by Buca Inc. which in turn is owned by Planet Hollywood International Inc. / Earl Enterprises, a recognized leader in the hospitality industry for over 30 years, building innovative, sustainable brands that guests can enjoy today and in the future.
Buca di Beppo is an American restaurant chain specializing in Italian-American food served in a fun and festive atmosphere celebrating everything Italian! The company was founded in 1993 and is based in Orlando, Florida. The chain of more than 90 (86 company-owned, 5 franchises in UK, 1 franchise in Mexico) establishments is owned by Buca, Inc., which in turn is owned by Planet Hollywood International Inc.
Buca di Beppo provides international franchise opportunities and is currently seeking new location opportunities and qualified individuals to help us expand our brand. Our mission is to provide every guest with an over the top celebratory experience by delivering vibrant Italian food in an eclectic, vintage setting. If you are interested in licensing and/or development opportunities with Buca di Beppo, please complete this form and someone from our team will be in contact.