It’s been quite a while since I’ve been to Buca Di Beppo. For a while, it was the place to go for every birthday party, group celebration, etc. I was recently invited to dine at Buca and thought it would be a nice trip down memory lane.
We started the night with some complimentary warm bread.
For an appetizer, Mr. K chose the mozzarella caprese. It’s a simple dish consisting of fresh mozzarella cheese, basil, tomatoes and olive oil. Ever since having it in Italy, we both love this dish. The mozzarella here was very fresh. This dish tasted even better with some black vinegar, which our very knowledgeable server brought over.
Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken
This was also Mr. K’s choice. I was worried that the prosciutto would make the entree too salty, but it was very well-balanced. The chicken was incredibly moist and we both really enjoyed this.
I always get a kick out of how big the meatballs here are (1/2 pound). I imagine it’s quite hard to cook all the way through without drying out the meat, but they do it successfully here. We ordered a meatball as a side since we didn’t have any in our entree choice
Since our entree didn’t come with any pasta, we ordered a side of Fettuccine. This was the one miss of the night. We felt there wasn’t enough sauce, leaving most of the pasta dry, and the sauce itself tasted overwhelmingly only of cheese.
Mr. K asked me to take a picture of his plate:
Italian Cream Cake
For dessert, we tried this new one. It’s a lemon cake with mascarpone cheese filling, served with a raspberry-hazelnut sauce and topped with whipped cream and mint. The cake itself was okay, but what really elevated it was the raspberry-hazelnut sauce. Our server even brought over some extra sauce because he insisted it was the best part. I normally avoid the sauce garnish on desserts, but I’m glad I listened to his suggestion because the cake tasted much better when dipped in the raspberry sauce.
We had a good time here and enjoyed the fun atmosphere. It’s a great place for a casual night out, especially for large groups because of the family sized portions. They are also open Christmas Day.
Please note, as indicated above, we were invited to dine here and the meal was complimentary. I was not further compensated for this review and my opinions are my own.
Buca Di Beppo
10749 Westview Pkwy
San Diego CA