For a truly wonderful birthday celebration – or any celebration at all! – you should visit Buca di Beppo. Saturday night we ate at the one located on Hurstbourne Parkway in Louisville, Kentucky. They have a nifty reservations button on their website – no calls – just mark the time you’d like to be there and presto, your reservations are made.
Our son and his girlfriend drove down from Indianapolis, our daughter and her husband from Lexington and Ritchey and I from Harrodsburg – meeting there at 7:00. It may have been ten minutes before we were seated, but we enjoyed the time sitting outside and chatting.
Since I had already been on the website to check out the menu, I had a good idea of what we wanted to order. We started with their fried calamari. I am not a calamari fan, myself, but everyone else ate with gusto! They loved it!
Unfortunately, we were so hungry and the food was so good we forgot to take pictures ourselves – until they brought dessert! We also had their Caprese Salad.
This is my idea of an appetizer! Big, thick slices of red tomatoes, mozzarella, and whole basil leaves drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with cracked pepper! I was in heaven! Not only was the salad gorgeous, it was delicious! Ritchey told the waiter he appreciated the fresh basil and was asked if he would like more to add to his dinner. The waiter brought a bowl of freshly chopped basil for our entrees!
The bruschetta was crunchy, brushed with an olive oil infused with garlic. Topped with fresh tomatoes, basil and Parmesan cheese. It was so very, very good!
Our entree of prosciutto and mozzarella stuffed chicken breasts was exquisite! It was served topped with marinara and on a pesto cream sauce. Of all the lovely dishes we had, I do believe this was my favorite – I can’t say that! They were all so good it would be hard to choose!
Our second entree was a penne pasta in a white cream sauce with artichokes, chicken breast, sun-dried tomatoes and peas. The flavors of each dish were so unique and original – and this was a very good combination!
Our waiter was fantastic! He was there any time we needed a drink refill, to clear away plates, to explain how a dish was made. He brought a candelabra with three lit candles for the birthday girl to blow out and led everyone in a birthday song.
Dessert – and I’m sure by this time you are asking how could we possibly have eaten more! – was a lovely tiramisu – homemade ladyfingers soaked in dark rum and espresso, layered with sweetened mascarpone cheese and topped with cocoa and crumbled hazelnut biscotti. I can honestly say this is the VERY BEST tiramisu I’ve ever had. It melted in your mouth – and the rum and espresso gave it such a great taste! I can still just sigh when I think of it!
Our waiter took this photo for us! Notice the smiles on everyone’s faces! Of course, not only was it the great food we had just ingested, but the great fun of being together. I cherish those times!