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Buca di Beppo Philippines

Who loves Sbarro? I do, I do!! I’ve always loved their deep dish pizzas that’s as thick as my face, lol.

Well, meet Buca di Beppo Philippines, Sbarro’s more shala & jet-setting half? step? adopted brother (with over 100 locations worldwide). An Italian restaurant from a U.S. chain serving family-style Italian food in a kitschy setting featuring red-&-white tablecloths.

Ate told me as we were approaching the resto: Mommy, this is SO totally your setting. Ganun? Lol.

I have to agree. My personality exactly, hahaha! Maybe that’s why I was drawn to it the moment I saw the feed all over Instagram! :P

Happy to discover new places & share gastronomic experiences with our pretty & intelligent 3rd wheeler a.k.a. My Piglet. <3

The name is inspired by the original 1993 Italian restaurant in the basement of an apartment building in Minneapolis. Buca means “hole” or the Tuscan slang for basement, while Beppo is a nickname for Guiseppe, which is Joseph in Northern Italy.

Buca di Beppo Philippines

Ground Floor BGC Corporate Center 11th Avenue corner 30th Street, Taguig (02) 400 9301 & +63 905 443-6217

You know whats great about the marriage of Italian food AND American operation? Not only are the products bursting with flavors as what the Italians are known for, but they are also SUPERSIZE in servings – now that’s the American influence I’ve come to know & love. <3

Buca di Beppo Philippines offers platters in three sizes to suit everyone’s appetite: a small portion for 2 people, medium for 4-6 people, and large serving for 10-12 people. For me, Kap and our 3rd-wheeler? A large please. ;P Kidding. The small serving is actually good for the whole fam, you’d be pleasantly surprised. I was.

Buca di Beppo Philippines may be an American franchise but it serves strictly Italian dishes. None of the ribs, steaks and sammies, but rather concentrates on Italian favorites such as lasagna, chicken parmigiana, spaghetti with meatballs, and of course, pizza.

The price ain’t bad. Not bad at all considering the serving size.

Kap normally doesn’t go for Italian food but this pasta with a giant half-pound meatball in marinara sauce got to him. Spaghetti with Meatballs 575/1,100/1995 php. Meanwhile, my eyes almost popped with this giant Lasagna! 585/1,125/2,195 php. This is the large because.. takaw-tingin. :P Happiness!

We were surprised to see the New Yorker chef serve us our fresh from the oven pizza himself, and he was actually interacting & joking around with the guests. That certainly endeared him to the Filipino people. What we got: the Supremo Italiano (best seller as marked on the menu) 995/1875 php. Topped with Italian sausage, pepperoni, red & green bell peppers, yellow onions, mozzarella, provolone & meat sauce.

These are all small servings: Apple Gorgonzola Salad 855/1,175/1,755 php (Granny Smith apples, spiced walnuts, dried cranberries & gorgonzola tossed with mixed lettuce in Buca’s signature Italian vinaigrette), Fried Calamari 485/975 php, Tiramisu 325 php (Homemade ladyfingers soaked in dark rum and espresso, layered with mascarpone cheese, and topped with cocoa and hazelnut biscotti) and my lovely Cappuccino.

The restaurant has several rooms which feature different themes throughout. The ground floor, high-ceilinged area is called the Gangster Room.

The Gangster Room has a 20-person capacity and various images and memorabilia of the mafia and other infamous Italians.

The 8-seater Pope Room has photos on the wall from St. Peter to Pope Benedict, two niches features Pope John Paul II (because he is the favourite of Filipinos) and Pope Paul VI (because of his role in the second Vatican Council), and a bust centerpiece of Pope Francis. The reason behind this is simple. Joe the founder, after realising his dream of opening a successful chain of restaurants, barely had time to go to church. As a devout catholic, he made a Pope room in all his resto chains so that he can feel like he still goes to church even when at work. ;)

TBH, this bust of the Pope, I feel, makes for an awkward meal. Imagine the Pope (or his replica) gazing right into you as you indulge in gluttony -one of the 7 deadly sins hehe.

The Poster Room is surrounded by pop culture and pictures of important Hollywood personalities like Arnold Schwarzenegger (who by the way owns Planet Hollywood which is also the owner of Buca di Beppo)

This Poster Room on the 2nd floor can be utilized as a private function room good for 30-40 people.

The 8-seater Chef-themed corner beside the open kitchen features notable Italian Chefs and the different ingredients used in Italian cuisine. While the romantic lover’s tables must be reserved for special dates with that special someone. ;)

Impeccable kitchen. Inquisitive guests can actually go inside & make usi. Just make sure you don’t touch (or sneeze on) anything! :P

Too bad we already claimed a table downstairs. Next time I’ll make sure to choose this area. That couch sure looks comfy! ;))

You can read more about Buca di Beppo HERE. Happy eating! :)

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  • Reply Chel

    Love Sbarro too! This looks like its equally yummy sibling!

    January 8, 2018 at 8:18 am
    • Reply Jane Go

      You & me both! Missing sbarro tuloy hehe. ;)

      January 8, 2018 at 8:20 am

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