With my Italian heritage it will surprise no one that I was ready and able to visit the new Buca di Beppo Restaurant that has opened at Los Angeles' historic Farmers Market..
It is located on the second floor with space for a bright cocktail lounge and several dining rooms and ,of course, the room with the Pope looking on
My dining partner and I met both David Gonzalez, assistant general manager, and Daniel Brown and settled in for a study of the menu. Up front the menu states that everything is meant to be shared either in Buca Small, feeding two to three people, and Buca Large, feeding up to five.
Looking at the long list of Antipasta we ordered the Calamari, how predictable since it is one of this Writer's favorites. My dining partner ordered the Linguine Frutti di Mare. We liked the presentation with the huge bowl rimmed with mussels in the shells. The pasta, shrimp and clams should have been a meal but than Executive Chef David Padilla came by and we had the opportunity to learn a bit about his background which included working at Disneyland restaurants in Anaheim.
He said we must try at least two entrees and so soon there was a large plate of Veal Parmigiana before us followed by Eggplant Parmigiana.
We did our best but the only plate emptied was the Calamari. The result was our enjoying the Dolce was questionable. However since Tiramisu was listed we succumberd and ordered it.
All the food left on the table demanded take out so we both left Buca with bags of goodies for another day.
Buca di Beppo is in the original Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles with validated parking.
Telephone 323 370-6560. Hours Mon-Thur 11 a.m-10 p.m.: Fri-Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.