Station Square’s Buca Di Beppo
Had an early dinner last night at Buca Di Beppo in Pittsburgh’s Station Square. This was my first time at this restaurant and I decided to write this review so that others might benefit. Hope you find it helpful.
Station Square is a 52-acre riverfront complex with over a mile’s worth of Pittsburgh’s most unique shopping, entertainment, and dining experiences. It’s really Pittsburgh’s premiere destination to unwind, shop, dine, and play and it always offers something new and fun to do. Along the strip are countless amazing reataurants including the one we ate at called Buca Di Beppo.
The Station Square website describes Buca Di Beppo as follows:
An authentic Italian restaurant offering flavorful Italian dining: Dine with family and friends while enjoying the Italian traditions of food, friendship and hospitality. In the spirit of the Italian culture, dishes are served family style and are meant to be shared. Groups small and large can come together to pass platters of mouth-watering cuisine around the table for all to enjoy.
In a party of three, we arrived at around 3:00 and were taken to a table right away with no wait. The restaurant smelled marvelous and it was interestingly decorated with all kinds of framed photographs on the walls. The waitress gave us each a menu and described to us how the Buca menu worked. Essentially, we were each given a choice of ordering an individual lunch portion or for the group of us to order a family style meal. After some discussion, we decided on a family style meal of baked rigatoni, mixed green salad, and garlic bread.
The salad was deliciously prepared with mixed greens, pepperoncini, green olives, and a yummy house Italian dressing. The portion that was brougt to us was plenty for the three of us to share – just the right portion. The Italian dressing was tangy, a little salty but not too much – probably the best house Italian I have come across.
As we finished the salad, we were given our basket of garlic bread. We opted for plain garlic bread with no cheese and it was a good choice. The bread was not cut in slices, rather in wedges, and there was plenty of it to go around. Again, the buca size was just right for three people.
Then the rigatoni arrived and it was beautiful. One very large bowl with more than enough for the three of us to share. It had melted mozzarella cheese on the top along with small dollops of ricotta cheese. The rigatoni was baked in a meat sauce and there were also the most tasty bites of Italian sausage in there as well. The buca portion was just right. In fact, we brought a little home with us!
If ou have not tried a Buca Di Beppo Restaurant yet, then you really should give one a try. In Pittsburgh, you have the opportunity to eat a delicious meal in one of the most vibrant sections of the city. You could make a day of it!
Here’s the breakdown:
Mixed Green Salad (buca portion)
Garlic Bread (buca portion)
Baked Rigatoni (buca portion)
1 Pepsi Cola and 2 Waters
The dinner came to $40.77 and we left a $7.23 tip for a total of $48.00 – a great value in my opinion!