52 week's of Marie's Life

52 weeks captured through photos


52. What’s Cooking (Week 31)

“At a round table there is no dispute about place.” ~ Italian Proverb ~

Tonight we went to Buca Di Beppo in Brandon with a group of friends.  As the hostess brings you to your seats, you are taken through the kitchen.  Since I knew “What’s Cooking” was one of the themes for our photo challenge, I had my camera ready!


Oh, wait – what do we have back there??


That’s got to be the biggest dessert I’ve ever seen!!


Buca Di Beppo, which roughly translates as “Joe’s Basement”, is an American restaurant chain that serves Italian-American food family style.  The first restaurant opened on a basement level in a Minnesota apartment building in 1993.  At present, there are almost 100 restaurants operating nationwide. 

Most locations offer a table inset into the wall directly across from the kitchen.  Here the waiters and chefs will talk with you and perhaps allow you to sample many dishes.  Buca has many themed dining rooms and is known for thousands of closely spaced vintage photographs on all of the walls.  The most unique room has a single round table that has the bust of the Pope as a centerpiece.


If you’re looking for a unique dining experience, you must check out Buca Di Beppo.  Just keep in mind the family-style portions, as my dessert photo illustrates!