A little bit of Italy

Bucca di Beppo at the Deve Vere Village Blackpol 1

Bucca di Beppo at the Deve Vere Village Blackpol 1

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Superstar cricketer and broadcaster Freddie Flintoff is set to be bowled over by the new restaurant at Blackpool’s Heron’s Reach De Vere Village Hotel.

He is officially opening Buca di Beppo tomorrow, the Italian eatery chain owned by restaurant entrepreneur Robert Earl, which has launched in the UK, starting with a site at Heron’s Reach, Blackpool.

The US restaurant chain is a favourite with Hollywood superstars such as Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Charlie Sheen, and is predicted to bring an additional touch of Italian glamour to the resort.

The restaurant is launching in the UK exclusively in partnership with selected Village Hotels – alongside Blackpool, Buca di Beppo is opening in Newcastle, Swindon and the Wirral.

Buca di Beppo is an authentic Italian styled restaurant offering flavourful Italian dining. All dishes are served ‘family style’ with generous portions designed to be shared. It embraces the true spirit of Italian culture with a firm emphasis on food, friendship and hospitality.

The first Buca di Beppo opened in 1993 in the basement of a Minneapolis apartment building and has since grown to 87 locations across America.

The dishes come in three portion sizes; Buca Mio, a generous single serving, Buca Small which feeds up to three people and Buca Large, feeding up five. Guests can choose from a menu featuring classic family-favourites from pizzas and baked pastas, through to cured meats and bruschetta.

Dishes enjoyed for generations in villages throughout Italy inspire the menu, giving Buca its authentic Italian fare and sense of style.

Antipasti dishes, range from £4.95 to £7.95, including Calamari Fritte, Mussels Bianchi, Mozzarella Caprese and fresh Zuppa di Giorno.

Buca’s range of pasta plates include Chicken Carbonara, Linguine Frutti di Mare, Ravioli with Bolognese, Shrimp Fra Diavolo and baked Rigatoni – with family sized portions from £20.95.

Those preferring a more carnivorous bite to eat can choose from Tuscan Steak, Chicken or Veal Parmigiana, Chianti Braised Short Ribs and Prosciutto, with dishes starting from £10.95.

Buca’s sweet menu also features a variety of traditional Italian desserts, starting from £5.25, such as Tiramisu, Baked Cheesecake and Espresso Chocolate Cake. An extensive wine list is available, showcasing bottles from all regions of Italy.

The restaurant has 175 covers and the walls are adorned with graphic tributes to Italy’s yesteryear, sitting alongside pictures from legendary films and shows. The décor is a throwback to the classic American-Italian style with dark red leather banquette seating and statuettes around the dining room.