This post brought to you by Buca di Beppo. The content and opinions expressed below are 100% my own.
Hey everyone! Mr. Claire here, and you should know that I’m feeling a little under appreciated.
Let me explain. Last week here at work (my day job, not my other job here at A Little Claireification HQ), a company-wide email was sent announcing our annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon. The email very nicely thanked us for our efforts this year and mentioned some nice giveaways and drawings that were being planned.
Indeed, the planning committee was on a roll – that is, until they announced “such and such BBQ will serve chicken and ribs, wild rice, baked beans and cole slaw.”
And that’s where they lost me. Why on Earth would you serve BBQ when a place like Buca di Beppo is so close by? Appreciation, indeed.
Maybe I’m biased. I am, after all, a fourth generation Italian-American from Boston. Before I moved to Florida in 1997, I’m pretty sure every major catered event I ever attended – corporate, family, or otherwise – featured Italian food.
I mean, for the love… I make my own pasta.
When I crossed the Mason-Dixon line, though, all of those delicious trays of cold cuts, lasagna and chicken parmigiana were replaced with smoked meats, cornbread and beans.
Now, don’t get me wrong, that BBQ stuff tastes OK, and it’s easy to serve, and it’s safe. “Easy” and “safe,” though, can also be, well, boring – which is something that good Italian food never is.
So, while I am pretty sure that most people don’t have time to make their own pasta at the holidays, Buca di Beppo has made it easy with a diverse and exciting menu that’s sure to please just about everyone. Even me.
There’s delicious hot and cold antipasti (the mozzarella caprese is my own personal favorite – I think I could eat an entire family-sized portion myself – just ask Claire), salad, pizza, and pasta.
There are also plenty of delicious entrees to choose from, and Buca’s Veal Saltimbocca will make you forget every single pulled-meat sandwich you’ve ever had in your life.
For the holidays, now through December 31st, Buca is even offering a Holiday Feast to go – turkey or ham, gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, and cranberry sauce (I sure wish I’d known about that before I spent all those hours cooking for Thanksgiving!). See what I mean? They have something for everyone.
What really sets Buca di Beppo apart, though, is that in the spirit of Italian culture Buca di Beppo specializes in family-size portions. You can Order Party Pans To Go that are available in full and half sizes – you can pick up or they will bring them right to your location.
They can also cater to any group or budget which says a lot because clearly… they have never met my family.
So here’s to a catered gathering that you – and your co-workers or guests – will really appreciate!