This past Friday evening, Jeff and I celebrated Christmas with five of the other couples from our Thursday night Bible study group — seated at the fun kitschy Pope table in Buca di Beppo’s Brea restaurant.
This was our second year hosting our group dinner at Buca, but the first year that we actually made reservations early enough (almost 2 months) to score the Pope table on a busy December Friday night. The Pope table is a semi-private room that Buca claims can seat up to 18-20 people, is decorated with Pope memorabilia, and features a cheesy quirky bust of the current Pope encased on a giant lazy susan that spins.
If you haven’t visited Buca di Beppo, I highly recommend it — especially for a festive group dinner. The food is good, reasonably priced, and everything is served family style for fun loud shared dining that allows everyone to sample a variety of dishes. The menus claim that a small entree feeds three people and a large entree feeds six. For our party of twelve adults, we ordered two salads, three platters of garlic bread, two full carafes of house Chianti, a couple sodas and an ice tea, two large entrees, four small entrees, and seven desserts….all for $420 including tax and tip. My favorites were the baked ravioli in meat sauce and the eggplant parmigiana. Oh, and the incredible cannoli.
We’re still a full year away from next Christmas, but I’m pretty sure that our group will want to hold our party at the Pope table again next year.