Foodie Fridays: Buca di Beppo

Posted: March 25, 2011 in Foodie Fridays
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Buca di Beppo is pretty good, if you are with at least two other people. The Thousand Oaks location is huge compared to the fairly small strip mall in which it sits. I always thought the lobby was a bit small compared to the size of the rest of it. The walls are absolutely covered with old photographs and paintings and the tables and chairs are mismatched- all to give the illusion that you are a guest in an Italian person’s home. The bar area is also a bit small, but certainly functional.

The food is tasty, even by a large restaurant chain standard. The marinara and meat sauces are good, if not a little on the sweet side. I prefer the dishes either made without sauce, or with some kind of olive oil base, as they tend to make me feel only slightly less like a gluttonous pig after I have finished gorging myself on all they have to offer. The cheese-garlic bread is, well, amazing. I rarely have room left for dessert, so I don’t feel qualified to comment on those.

The service is hit or miss. With mostly young people working there, this shouldn’t be a tremendous surprise. That being said, the last time I was in there our server was very friendly, attentive and hospitable, especially since it was pretty late on a weeknight. He even comped our birthday cake dessert after it was discovered the frosted name on top was misspelled. Very nice to see they still care about giving every guest a pleasant experience.


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