On Saturday, Nate, my parents and joined my uncle, his girlfriend and some of their friends for a late lunch/early dinner at Buca Di Beppo. For those who may be unfamiliar with Buca's, it's a chain restaurant that serves family-style Italian food--lots of pasta, pizza and my absolute favorite, garlic mashed potatoes.
We got to sit at the table they have in the kitchen for big groups. It was pretty cool--we were in on all the action going on in the kitchen, listening to the chefs talk, seeing the waiters coming and going. Each time a waiter walked out with food, they would tell us what it was and we would ooh and ahh.
We enjoyed lots and lots of good food. Being family style, you only need to order a few dishes. Of course, we had way too much food. Our feast included spicy chicken rigatoni and apple Gorgonzola salad (pictured below), as well as spaghetti and meatballs, calamari, garlic bread, linguine frutti de mare, and penne with chicken and artichoke.
Everything was tasty, and I recommend checking out the kitchen table. It was fun with a large group.