Buca di Beppo for fun Italian with the Pope in AC!

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Wow – the reviews of this place vary wildly from what I have read on different sites. From satisfied patrons to outright hatred. All I can say is that when my merry group of diners and myself ate here recently we had a terrific time with good service and decent food. That’s all you can ask for when eating at a chain resto like Buca di Beppo in Bally’s casino.

Don’t go in thinking it will be a Michelin star rated joint, and just know that it is what it is – a chain Italian spot. Lower expectations a bit and enjoy a meal in a lighthearted amusing atmosphere. Sucks for those that can’t deal with that and had a bad experience at this location. All I can say is that we all had a great time and walked out stuffed and mainly satisfied on our last jaunt to Atlantic City, NJ.

As a bunch of us were here recently during the Yelp AC Winter Getaway weekend event I decided to reserve a table for twelve since it would also be my BDay weekend, and a good time to relax with a group of friends over a fun dinner and wine.  It was during the AC restaurant week promotion, so we ate at RW prices which were a nifty deal at $33.15 a person. More than enough on the menu to choose from, and the portions were actually quite large and filling. Decent enough wine list with different price points too.


When we got there the hostess led us to our table. The room they placed us in was crazy funny. It was a Pope theme and we sat in the round at a giant table surrounded by everything Pope related – pictures, art, memorabilia, trinkets, flags, and even a wacko bust of a Pope in a glass box on the middle of the table that we kept moving around to stare at people. Creepy and funny at the same time. At least I can now say we dined in the presence of the Pope! Yeah, we were blessed but probably sinned like crazy in that room! Loved it!


A nice perk was that by checking in with the Yelp ap they honored the free Buca di Beppo meatball as our starters. We each got one. Nice big saucy meatball that was the size of a softball and actually pretty tasty. I thought the sauce was also fine.

Our waiter was funny and helpful enough but he was spread thin as they had him also working other rooms and tables. Things were kind of slow coming at times and they could have used more staff to help him out. He did his best. Here is a selection of things we ordered off the RW menu that resulted in many food babies in our bellies –

lApple Gorgonzola – Granny Smith apples, spiced walnuts, dried cranberry and Gorgonzola, tossed with mixed lettuce in our signature Italian vinaigrette.

Mussels Marinara – Steamed mussels with out homemade marinara sauce.

Linguini Frutti di Mare – Shrimp, baby clams, mussels and calamari in a spicy red clam sauce.

l (4)Veal Saltimbocca – Lemon butter sauce, sage prosciutto, artichoke hearts and capers, served with mashed potatoes.

Italian Creme Cake – Three layers of rich lemon cake and Mascarpone cheese filling, served in a pool of raspberry sauce and topped with whipped cream.

Tiramisu – Homemade ladyfingers soaked in dark rum and espresso, layered with Mascarpone cheese and topped with cocoa and hazelnut biscotti. (Never had it this way before as it was set up in a bowl like pudding.)

l (3)I also give props to the manager that tried to work with us as best he could when we had some of us who asked to make substitutions because of dietary restrictions and allergies. He even came by a few times to make sure we were ok and wished me a happy BDay. On top of that a bunch of staff came over with a candle lit dessert and sang happy birthday to me. Overall, good service and an attentive staff on the night we were here. It’s the little things like that which score points in my book.

Again, is this top of the line Italian food? Heck no, but it’s solid eats at a decent price point considering it’s in a casino. Go in knowing that, be loud, eat big, and satisfy those hunger pangs before heading back to the slots and tables for more gambling action.


Buca di Beppo – http://www.bucadibeppo.com/restaurants/nj/atlantic-city/


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22 thoughts on “Buca di Beppo for fun Italian with the Pope in AC!”

  1. There is a Buca di Beppo here in town and I’ve gone there once. Had the chicken masala and it was way too sweet. Sickeningly sweet. I have a favorite Italian restaurant here – Carmella’s, my favorite of any restaurant. I’ve had their chicken masala and am spoiled by this devine dish. I haven’t had an interest in going back to Buca, perhaps because of that one experience, but also because that’s way too much food for me…although that plate of Linguine Fruitti looks pretty yummy.

    1. Hey Mary!

      Buca is what it is. A chain restaurant. We gave it a try and had a good experience. Way too funny that room we were in. The food wasn’t bad and the retaurant week deal was a decent price. Oooh, I love chicken marsala too.

  2. We used to have Buca di Beppo about ten minutes away, it was a great place to have the kids birthday parties with their friends during those “in-between” sort of years. Those giant meatballs are hilarious. I do miss the place, my brother -in-law loves the one in the Vegas area.

  3. I’ve been to Buca a few times and I’ve even sat in the pope room in Minnesota. I love them and think they have great food. I don’t there much because its the best place for large groups because of the quantities. We have a one here in Dallas that is not too far from me. Hmm, I need to plan a return visit.

    1. Hey Holli!

      So you have had the full Pope experience there! The food is not too bad overall and it’s a fun spot for a casual, or loud and crazy, dining experience. I want another meatball!

  4. I love Buca di Beppo and the tiramisu is to die for! Such huge portions as well. We had a Buca right bear my house but sadly, they closed a few years ago.

    1. Hey Marcia!

      Yeah, the portions are pretty big. Even for restaurant week menu so I was surprised. It was a fun dining experience and by the time the tiramisu came around I was stuffed! Sorry yours closed. Those meatballs tho……

  5. Happy Birthday Phil! You certaintly had a fun-filled evening with the Pope LOL! A bit weird with all the memorabilia scattered all over the table but good for a night of fun, laughter and plenty of Italian goodness. Yeah!

  6. I’m honestly surprised that you decided to eat here given the fact that there are a million awesome Italian restaurants in NYC. We had one of these locally awhile back, but it went out of business a few years ago, and a Longhorn Steakhouse went up in it’s place.

    The next time you’re headed to AC, let me know and I’ll give you some restaurant suggestions, as I eat down there all the time. In fact, I’m heading back down there in a few weeks to eat at Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill!

    1. Hey Sujeet!

      You do realize we were in AC all that week right? It was a fun group get together and we took advantage of their Restaurant Week promotion. I am fully aware of all the great Italian spots to eat at in NYC and AC, but sometimes there is nothing wrong with having a fun goofy meal at a chain spot. Not every meal has to be at an expensive 5 star restaurant. Not all of us can afford that all the time either. Buca was a fun meal among friends and we had a great time. Is it top shelf? No, but it was also perfectly fine for us at the time.

      Actually, we ate at Gordon Ramsey as special guests of the new spot in AC and I am about to post a review of it. Terrific meal there!

  7. I really like this style of dining. Lots of large dishes of food on the table, and everyone gets a share of it. We have one of these restaurants here too, and I really enjoyed eating there!

    1. Hey Veronika!

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting. It’s fun dining meant to be with a group of family or friends. Not Michelin Star food, but tasty enough and a good value. We liked it!

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