Gone Italian at Buca di Beppo

We had a hectic and tiring start of the month – packing, moving and unpacking with countless heavy lifting in between. Yes, we’ve moved to another apartment again. Moving in and out of our first home was quite a learning experience so I guess there will be an update on my post about finding home in Dubai.

Anyway, while we may had two unexciting weekends, we managed to turn one errand run to a quick lunch date! We were in Dubai Festival City Mall two Sundays back and when we found out that Cheesecake Factory was full to the brim, we walked around and discovered one of the new restaurants in the mall – Buca di Beppo.


The ladies dressed as gondolier were the first to catch our attention. A closer look to the restaurant and we were intrigued by its busy interiors. We scanned the menu and the desserts look promising so we got in!


Buca di Beppo is an Italian restaurant from the US, known for their half-pound meatballs. Of course, before visiting the restaurant, we hardly knew that. Prior to getting escorted to our seats, we were whisked to a quick intro to Buca – history and all. I felt like a small kid on a field trip.




As with any Italian joint, we were served complimentary breads with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It kept us mum from complaining as the mains took some time to arrive.


We shared a medium plate of Pizza con Formaggio, which is everything we ever wanted for our pizza. Thin crust with lots of cheese! It might look simple but it’s fabulous in the taste department. Portions are big – the medium pie was good enough for two and it’s their smallest pizza size.


Of course, if the staff tells you that they’re known for their Spaghetti with Meatballs, you gotta order one for yourself. We asked for the smallest serving and wow, it was too much for us. One humongous meatball (half a pound) sits on a bed of spaghetti. Though it wasn’t as spectacular as I was expecting, it was delicious!


I had their signature cooler Buca Bellini and it was super refreshing. The mix of passion fruit and peach is perfect!


We were keen to try the desserts but unfortunately, we got no more room for them sweets. I guess we have to return to Buca di Beppo to get our hands on that tempting Colossal Brownie Sundae.

The food was nice, ambience is okay but service needs improvement. The mini-tour of the restaurant is a nice touch but if you’re hangry, it can be a little annoying.



Buca di Beppo
Ground Floor, Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai, UAE
04 2865057

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