|Most of us at Buca fro Daren's 25th birthday|
We went with Daren, Jeff, their parents (Daryl & Sue), their aunt (Cheryl), and her roommate (Patty). Once we were seated the complimentary bread basket was delivered. Forgetting our previous experience, we made the mistake of eating some. It was a regrettable decision; sorry Buca two strikes and you are out with the bread basket.
Next we started looking at the menu, which turned into Mark and I getting schooled on the way Buca works. As it turns out each entree serves at least two people and there is still a good chance you will have leftovers. So Mark and I sat back and let Daren and his family take care of the ordering because we were rather lost.
First up was a cheese and garlic bread appetizer. The bread was unfortunately the same kind that came in the bread basket. Luckily the cheese and garlic on top were really good, but what made the dish absolutely amazing was the marinara sauce. Buca has the sauce down! I could eat it plain, which Daren did later in the night (see below).
|Garlic cheese bread appetizer with the amazing marinara sauce|
|Daren about to take a bite out of the 2' by 1' pepperoni pizza|
1. Crust: 8 - Again, its a thin crust that actually holds up well.
2. Sauce: 8.5 - Although it didn't shine through as much this time around, I know it was there and how delicious it probably tasted.
3. Toppings: 5 - A lot of pepperoni, maybe too much?
Overall we gave it a 6, it just didn't come together.
Next to the pizza was the fettucini alfredo, which we ordered it with added chicken. The dish was pretty good and the parmesan cheese on top especially stood out. We really enjoyed the fact that the alfredo wasn't as salty as many of the other dishes. We would probably order this again.
Daren, being as he was the birthday boy, got to pick out an entree to order. He went with the chicken parmigiana (which I think is the same thing as chicken parmesan) and overall it was really good. It's safe to say this entree was everyones favorite as there were no leftovers.
|Fuzzy picture of the fettucini alfredo and the chicken parmigiana|
|Garlic mashed potato side dish|
|Using the front facing camera on the iPhone 4s,|
not its best feature
|One of my plates|
|Birthday boy with his Buca birthday candles|