It gives Italian food a very BAD taste!!
I registered after years of using this service just so I can put my two-cents in on Buca, it is that bad. I can't believe this chain is so popular. It's just SAD. I guess so is McDonald's - food quality is not a requirement for being popular. I took my first Italy trip a couple of months ago, the food there was wonderful, simply and freshly done. It's hard to get a bad meal in Italy, in contrast, it's hard to get a good meal in Buca. The food was horrible but hey you got lots of it!
None of the meals I had in Italy tasted anything like in Buca di Beppo. Oh, what would the Italians say about Buca's food? They'd be horrified! Those scary looking meatballs, with giant cubes of butter? My friend, who is a meat and dairy fiend - can't throw a dinner party for six without using at least 6 sticks of butter and many pounds of meat, were disgusted with the oily dripping meatballs! I know it's a sure sign of how bad the food was when he can't stomach the food there. Overcooked pasta drench in oily sauces, the tomatoe sauces tasted very not fresh as if they were from cheap jar sauce with added oil and a few other things. The only thing I had that was actually edilble were the green beans, not overcooked. not from a can and only slightly oily. Please don't think of this place as an Italian restaurant, I don't know what it is, but it is NOT Italian. And it is definitely NOT Good. If you know food and enjoy fresh and good food, you won't like this place. Just don't!