Buca di Beppo: Now Serving in Manila

Buca di Beppo means “Joe’s basement” in English and it’s also the name of the Italian restaurant founded by a chef named Joe who migrated from Italy to the US. According to Alex Montes, Buca di Beppo’s international representative to train the front-of-house staff at the newly opened branch here in Manila, the first Buca di Beppo was established in Minneapolis in 1993. From once just being a dream of an immigrant, it grew to having a little over 90 branches worldwide.

Why open in Manila? “The Filipinos are great people, and we have great food, why not mix them together, right?” says Alex. Not to mention that we do love to eat especially with our family and friends, which Buca di Beppo is perfect for since their serving is huge, enough for everyone to enjoy for a reasonable price. The first branch in Manila and in Asia is located at the BGC area and it just recently opened its doors last December 1, 2017.

Upon entering the restaurant, you’ll see that it’s adorned by an abundance of memorabilia, vintage photographs, and murals. The restaurant’s interior décor is a feast for the eyes, which will make waiting for your food not such a bother.

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A few famous faces that ate at Buca di Beppo’s other branches. That’s tattoo artist and entrepreneur Kat Von D right there.

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The Chef’s table, which is situated adjacent from the kitchen so you can see how your food will be prepared.

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Buca di Beppo PH

The Pope table, which can sit from eight to 12 people. Surrounding this area are small statues, and photographs of the different popes over the years.

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A recreation of Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam”

 

Buca di Beppo is known for its half-pound meatball, so we had to try that and a few more dishes that you will also enjoy.

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A very refreshing Apple Gorgonzola Salad

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The Buca Trio Platter consisting of fried mozzarella, fried calamari, and stuffed mushrooms

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The Buca Trio on my plate

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Spaghetti with Meatballs that were as huge as baseballs.

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A solo order of their meaty Lasagna

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Supremo Italiano pizza

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The tasty Mussels Bianca

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I’m not really a fan of cakes and pastries but you have to try their cheesecake. It’s not that sweet but its creamy texture blends really well with the strawberry sauce. Yum!

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Tiramisu. Ladyfngers soaked in rum and espresso.

So, if you’re looking for a delicious Italian restaurant with generous servings that you would like to take your family and friends too, bring them to Buca di Beppo located at the G/F BGC Corporate Center, 11th avenue corner 30th street, BGC. For more details about Buca di Beppo Manila, like them on Facebook.

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