Now, to start off this review, I would just like to let you know that this visit to Bucca di Beppo took place about 2 months ago and, though I SERIOUSLY doubt that anything has changed, there is the possibility that something has I suppose. Alrighty, now lets get on with this thang! When you go to Bucca di Beppo in Columbus, which is right in the heart of Columbus, you realize that the parking is nothing more ... view morethan horrible. In fact, when we arrived, it took us a good five minutes before we realized that there was just no way to park without taking at least a 3-5 minute walk through the arena district. So, if you are taking some older folks with you, it may be in your best interest to first, call ahead and see what the wait time is and second, drop them off at the door. Okay, now that you're all parked, you should probably know where to walk in at. I say this because the front of this place actually (to me anyways) looks like the back. However, once you walk in, you are greeted with a smile. The outside of the building is very pleasing to the eye in the sense that it has all kinds of vines lining the walls and a beautiful submerged area for outside dining. I REALLY like that it is submerged because, being that it is below the ground level, it really cuts down on wind and sun if you like to eat outside. Finally, I'll get to the food. We were both in the mood for Italian that day, so we both knew exactly what we wanted; we wanted Spaghetti and meatballs! So, that is what we got and, I have to say, we got it all right . . . WAY too much of it (though, I am not complaining). The website even tells you that they serve up two portion sizes. One, the small that feeds up to three, and the Large which ""feeds an average-sized countury (yes, the website DOES say that). Overall, the spaghetti and meatballs meal was so-so to me, which is a surprise nearly as big as the dish itself considering how much it was talked up by the people in the town. However, I did come across a review at Urbanspoon that claims the food has been changed in the recent year, so this may explain the strange phenomenon. Though, unlike this reviewer, I didn't think the food was bad at all. It wasn't great, but it wasn't terrible either. The meatballs tasted a little off from what I expected . . . it just seemed like they needed something more. However, the sauce was great, and the noodles . . . well, if an Italian place screws up noodles (which Bucca did not), then they may as well give up and start a lemonade stand. Now, I would like to point out to you that this place is a REALLY fun place to eat! However, this does mean that other people are trying to have fun as well and things can get a little loud in there. There are a lot of people that go here for birthday parties, graduation parties, and many more things of that nature, I'm sure. So, in short, be prepared for things like this to happen and don't be afraid to get a little loud yourself. This place seems to be built on the premise of fun. The Verdict: 7.0/10 This place was astonishing in service, atmosphere, and portion sizes. The prices may SEEM a little high, but keep in mind that two people can easily get full on ONE large spaghetti and meatballs portion. However, the food was only so-so. I saw nothing astonishing about it but, once again, I didn't see anything terrible about it either. Overall, Bucca di Beppo is a great place for family, friends, and LOTS of FUN! For more reviews of Columbus Area Restaurants, Visit hilliard-dining.blogspot Becoming more comprehensive every day!Was this review helpful?Yes No|Flag Abuse
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- Buca di Beppo Columbus serves authentic Italian cuisine in an eclectic, vintage setting. Our dishes are served family-style, meant to be shared by everyone at the table. Two sizes are available: BUCA SMALL feeds two or more and BUCA LARGE feeds four or more. At Buca, guests delight in our lively atmosphere, enjoy the classic tunes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and admire our decor, including family photos and candid shots of Italian-American icons, such as Sophia Loren and Joe DiMaggio. Our energetic atmosphere, delicious food and friendly staff make Buca di Beppo the perfect place for great Italian food and fun. Order today for your holiday meal! Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, planning a meeting or having a night out with family and friends, Buca di Beppo is your answer to one fabulous group dining experience! Our knowledgeable staff will help organize and plan your group event, catering order, or holiday party. We can accommodate any event or budget!
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Now, to start off this review, I would just like to let you know that this visit to Bucca di Beppo took place about 2 months ago and, though I SERIOUSLY doubt that anything has changed, there is the possibility that something has I suppose. Alrighty, now lets get on with this thang! When you go to Bucca di Beppo in Columbus, which is right in the heart of Columbus, you realize that the parking is nothing more ... view moreWas this review helpful?Yes No|Flag Abuse
Made reservations and recently went with a group of 8 people and was crammed into a booth with chairs added to the isle. With a few other tables in the same situtaion, made the dining room feel very cramped.\r \r The service was ok, considering how busy the place was for a Saturday night. The wait staff could have visited the table more frequently but at least were able to accomodate us.\r \r The food was ok as w... view moreWas this review helpful?Yes No|Flag Abuse
I have been a frequent visitor to the downtown Columbus Buca for many special occasions every year. It has always been our favorite location to host group dinners. Typically we have reserved one of the specility tables, most often the kitchen table. I have recently moved away from Ohio, but upon returning over the holidays we decided to host a family dinner at Buca. We were unfortunate to not be able to reserve o... view moreWas this review helpful?Yes No|Flag Abuse
My husband and I had dinner here for our anniversary; he had the chicken carbonara and I had the cheese manicotti (just LOVE cheese!) Our service was very good, we were seated promptly and we loved our dinners! It did seem just a little noisy to us but I guess that's the thing now. We will be back again!Was this review helpful?Yes No|Flag Abuse
I always had fun and enjoyed going to Bucca di Beppo downtown Columbus. I planned and pre-ordered for our work Christmas party and the night was a disaster. Our waitress tried to cram us into close quarters and wouldn't add another table. She asked me twice if I wanted to see a manager and I said yes. I didn't see one but she eventually gave us another table after everyone complained. She then sarcastically asked me ... view moreWas this review helpful?Yes No|Flag Abuse
The thin crust pizza is crispy and topped with mozzarella. The restaurant is too noisy, and the patrons compete to hear conversations at their own tables. Service is slow, and the restaurant is very crowded after a game. Drinks and food are overpriced.Was this review helpful?Yes No|Flag Abuse
fun place to go with large group or just for a romantic dinner for two, as long as you have similar eating habits as those u go with. i've only ever had macaroni rosa, which is sooo good! it has macaroni noodles with broccoli, mushrooms, peas, and chicken and a tomato cream sauce. i also HIGHLY recommend their tomato/mozzarella salad.Was this review helpful?Yes No|Flag Abuse