According to our attentive server, "Buca di Beppo" roughly means, "Joe's Basement". And if that's the case, then ol' Joe loved to eat because the portions at Buca come in two sizes: big and really big. You may need wheel barrow valet service out to your car afterward if you try to be part of the clean plate club.
Case in point: I ordered the Bucatini Ala Enzo last night mainly because of the picture I saw on Buca's colorful and engaging website. The picture is much more visually appetizing than what arrived at our table. The noodles were bigger than what I expected and the dish was much dryer. I like sauce, olive oil, garlic butter, etc., on my pasta. There appears to be some in the picture to the left here...but there wasn't any that I noticed last night in real life.
My wife's lasagna was "melt-in-your-mouth" delicious. She loved it! So even if my dish was a bit disappointing, her's was a home run, which best describes our overall experience at Buca. One dish is okay while the other is "Honey, I've died and gone to heaven!"
We've been impressed with Buca and will be going back and trying different things for sure. The worst case scenario is that if you order something you're not crazy about right then, when you dig in to the left overs the next day, adding a little something it needs, it will be fabulous. I also recommend signing up for Buca's eClub so you can get offers and deals which can be significant. We saved $10 on our order because of an e-coupon.