The alternative group dining experience Featured

9:39am EDT April 21, 2011

You’re charged with making lunch arrangements for your entire office. But don’t fret – all you need to do is sit back, relax, and let Buca di Beppo do the planning for you.

The family-style Italian restaurant turns an everyday event like a corporate lunch into a celebration, offering traditional dishes from Chicken Parmigiana to spaghetti and half-pound meatballs. For business events, Buca provides a delectable alternative to the common restaurant.

In fact, what sets Buca di Beppo apart from the average Italian diner is that it captures the spirit of Italian culture by serving family-style portions that are meant to be shared with three to six tablemates. Nothing brings a party or group closer than sharing a spread and trying a little of this and a taste of that together.

Because Buca is poised to accommodate any size group or budget – whether it’s a large office party, a casual family affair or anything in between – the restaurant is an easy solution for any of your group dining needs. Buca’s staff will help organize and plan meetings with several group menu options, including several banquet packages for groups of 15 or more. They won’t even charge a fee for the use of one of their unique, themed dining rooms.

Buca di Beppo is so serious about group dining that it recently launched customized web pages for multiple group sales verticals. Group organizers, DMCs and planners can check out the seamless booking experience at

But it’s not just the Fettuccine Alfredo or Penne San Remo that keep guests coming back; Buca also brings to the table an energetic atmosphere and friendly staff. The classic tunes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin serenade guests, and they’re surrounded by a quirky décor that includes candid photos of Italian-American icons like Joe DiMaggio.

The combination of atmosphere and menu make Buca a smart alternative for group dining, and the proof is in the history. The first Buca di Beppo opened in the basement of a Minneapolis apartment building in 1993. Today, the chain has grown to more than 89 locations worldwide as it tries to capture the enthusiasm of an authentic Italian gathering by embodying the traditions of food, friendship and hospitality. In the process, Buca – which is owned and operated by Planet Hollywood International Inc. – is becoming a tradition in its own right.

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