1204 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540344.973787 -93.279612
M-Th 11:30am-10pm, F-Sa 11:30am-11pm, Su 11:30am-9pm
Neighborhoods: Central, Loring Park
Bad experience – We had a party of 8 and ordered 3 platters. They had brought them out to us at staggered times. First the Ravioli was brought out, and the noodles were gooey. When brought to there attention we were told "that's how fresh noodles taste." The second dish was fine, however the third dish was first prepared incorrectly and then took an additional 45 minutes to make. When that was finally brought out the noodles were crunchy. Nothing was done to make up for the mistakes.
More is just more! – I have been to two different Buca's a total of three times. The food was nothing special. They do handle large groups. In fact, that is why I will not go back. Too loud, too spotty on service.
Buca di crappo – Midwesterners tend to mix quality and quantity in reviews. Yes, Buca makes large portions. Yes, they pack you in. Yes, you are spoon fed the idea that a restaurant like this is representive of Authentic Italian Cuisine. Yes, you are misled. I've had better spaghetti out of a Chef Boyardee can. I don't see handmade pastas, ravioli's, etc. I see pre-made varieties...and that is what American food is all about. You get what you pay for...cheap large quantities of pasta. Europeans don't feast like it's the last meal before a hanging...they feast on small portions that are hand-made with care and have wine and talk (not loudly, just talk) well into the evening (starting around 9ish). If you want a McDonalds experience, go to Buca. If you want an authentic Italian experience, go New York, Chicago and find a restaurant that does not advertise to the masses.
Immigrant Food Rocks! – Are you people mad? Whoever thinks this restuarant sells itself as serving authentic Italian food must have paid no attention to what country they were in when they ate there, what language the waiter was speaking, or what language the menu was in. Want authentic Italian food in a quiet little cafe overlooking the palazzo? GO TO ITALY. princeofpugs had it right, this is Italian food as prepared by Southern Italian-Americans. As the grandson of grandparents that got off the boat from San Justino not too long ago, I can tell you this is what ravioli tastes like in America, what stuffed shells taste like in America, and what baked ziti tastes like in America. Don't like it? Tell my grandma, then go to Italy or a northern Italian specialty restaurant. Fun for birthdays, loud as heck, some items are garlicy but otherwise bland. There are meatless items fyi.
italian?........ – As an Italian American, I can say 100% Buca is FAR from Italian. Yes the ambience of their restaurants are fun, their idea of Chicken Cacciatore slopped on overly garlic (Italian food is not as garlicky has most thing it is) mashed potatoes is ungodly and downright like "prison food." MN has had a real hard time with AUTHENTIC Italian food.
Buca di Barfo – I went once. Tried it again. Went a third time. Still, all I could find was various preparations of sausage and thin marinara sauce. I wanted to request earplugs and a fan, but thought it to be rude. WAY too loud and WAY too hot. Unless you are into sausage and have 10 people, it isnt affordable. I'll hit Sbarro's drive through and be fed in less than 3 hours.
Now, after reading several of these reviews, I see that almost everyone has COMPLETELY MISSED THE POINT!
Here it is: BUCA is NOT technically "Italian" food. It is Southern IMMIGRANT Italian. This is the food they made on arrival to the US-- made with what the had and what they could AFFORD. Is it plain? Sometimes, but RARELY. This isn't about Venice, the food is about very POOR Southern Immigrant Italians trying to make ends meet. This is coming from someone who has been to Southern Italy and has family who ARE Sicilian immigrants. okay, enough.
Buca de Beppo – Buca is only pleasant when the group our are with is special and fun. THe food is not especially good and it is very expensive for what you do get.
Size ain't everything... I hope. – "Best of"??? Give us all a break! Is this skewed rating the result of partial brain death with all the "me-too's" casting a lazy vote? I've had a better meal out of a dumpster. The tomato sauce has the distinct aromatic properties of leaded tin and the pasta would make excellent chinking for my cabin's timbers. Buca's only redeeming values are that their foodstuff's bland enough for everybody and big enough to fill their bellies. Ambience might be nice... if I could ocassionally see through the over-crowded throng. They do have a peachy keen restroom sign though. Does that count?
Bout as Italian as a Chevy – Are you kidding me? Buca is Italian like Red Lobster is seafood. It is the most horrible excuse for Italian other than Olive Garden that I have ever seen. However, if you don't know any better it would seem good.
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