Buca di Beppo is now open at the historic Farmers Market in Los Angeles, and my family recently got to check it out. Buca di Beppo is practically made for families, with large portions, served family-style, and so many decorations all over the walls you will never run out of eye-spy material.
The new location at the Farmers’ Market is ideal since it’s situated right next to the Grove and the whole area is a fun place for families to hang out. The space is upstairs, above Dylan’s Candy Bar, and it’s huge, with several indoor rooms and even an outdoor patio.
My son, the once picky eater, has decided he loves calamari (because who can blame him) so we started the meal with an order of that, while my husband and I sampled the sangria and Italian beer. The sangria was terrific by the way; fruity, but not too sweet. Very refreshing.
Next we ordered a Margherita pizza, mostly to eat it, but we also love seeing how they serve it on top of giant cans of tomatoes. It was terrific, as we expected. We also tried the spicy chicken rigatoni, which was creamy and delicious, and the chicken Marsala, which was super tender with just a hint of sweetness, and covered in my favorite: mushrooms.
Of course we had the cannolis for dessert, although the “Colossal Brownie Sundae” was calling our name. Calmer heads prevailed, but for a crowd, that would totally be the way to go.
Buca di Beppo is a great place for a party or to take a big group; they’ve got the room, they already serve their food family-style, and the staff is ready to sing festive songs at a moment’s notice. If you can handle the carbs, you’ll have a ball at Buca di Beppo. And next time you go, try to reserve the Pope’s table.
Sarah Auerswald is the co-Founder of MomsLA.com. Her family’s meal was comped for this review.