UPDATED: New Family-Style Italian Eatery Now Open in Wynnewood
Buca di Beppo will opened its doors on 260 East Lancaster Avenue in the Wynnewood Shopping Plaza on Sept. 27.
After a slight delay, Buca di Beppo, a national chain of family-style Italian restaurants, officially opened it's Wynnewood branch at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27.
The restaurant was originally scheduled to open on Sunday, Sept. 26, before pushing back the start date one day. Employees at the restaurant were unable to comment on why the opening was delayed.
All of the menu items at the new restaurant will be made in two portion sizes, Buca Small, which serves three, or Buca Large, which "feeds an average sized country," or actually up to six people, according to Buca di Beppo's menu.
"Everything comes out on platters to serve on the table," Kristen Eichengreen, sales manager for the Wynnewood chain said.
The food ranges from Italian favorites, Chicken Parmigiana, Fettuccini Alfredo, Spaghetti with Meatballs, Ravioli with Meat Sauce, Lasagna, Baked Rigatoni, etc, to more inventive choices like Quattro Al Forno (four baked pastas mixed together for one original dish), Gnocchi Al Telefono (potato dumplings with mozzarella in a light roasted garlic marinara) or Veal Saltimbocca (veal and prosciutto in a lemon butter sauce). The lunch menu is a slightly scaled down version of the expansive dinner menu.
Each menu offers a variety of courses to try, starting with standby Italian appetizers (Bruschetta, Fried Mozzarella, Fried Calamari, etc) and continuing with salads, baked pastas, traditional pastas, meat entrees and desserts. Buca di Beppo also makes seven different types of pizzas, offered any time of the day.
The Wynnewood chain was granted a license to serve alcoholic drinks and will also serve beer, wine and specialty cocktails.
The prices are modest, averaging between $12-20 for a Buca Small pasta dish or $25-30 for a Buca Large. Meat entrees run a little more, typically about $20 per Buca Small item and $30-35 for Buca Large. Appetizers and salads are about $10 for Buca Small, $15-20 for Buca Large, and pizzas are $15-20 depending on size.
The restaurant will be open every day of the week starting at 11 a.m. and will close at 9 p.m. on Sundays, 10 p.m. Mondays – Thursdays and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Buca di Beppo was first started in Minneapolis in 1993 and has since expanded to 88 locations nationwide, including Center City Philadelphia at 258 S. 15th Street and in Exton, PA at 300 Main Street.