Had to go into the kitchen to get someone to seat us and the group in front of us after 5-10min waiting out front.
They had a great thanksgiving feast - turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, bread and pumpkin pie.
We made reservations to eat here the weekend of "Dad's weekend" at UIUC. The hostess at the front was entirely overwhelmed and frankly quite rude. Some of the larger groups waited for almost 1 hour for their table to be ready. When we were finally seated, there were several tables that were open but hadn't been cleaned. Efficiency needs to be improved and they should have bus people to clean and set up the tables. Food was good once we were seated. The waitstaff made up for the rude hostess who really needs additional customer service training. You know it is bad when the customers had to look at the screen with their reservations as she had no clue what she was doing. Manager came over and apologized but that was the end of the service recovery. There is quite a bit of value in eating here if you are with a large group, we were a table of 3 so there were plenty of leftovers. Enjoyed the caesar salad and the pasta dishes.
Probably one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had. WAY OVERPRICED For BAD FOOD!! The only positive was the ease in making the reservation on Opentable. Service was extremely slow. Waitress was unfamiliar with the menu. Took 15 minutes to get our initial drink order. Food was EXTREMELY salty. Portion sizes were not that big. Pasta dish with chicken and sausage. Lots of sauce minimal protein, pasta way overcooked. Seriously McDonalds is better. Too bad nice ambiance.
Went with a big group - they handled us with no problem. Food was great, service was great and everyone enjoyed the experience.
We enjoyed the chicken saltimboca. The small size was great for two & we even had some to take home. We usually order this whenever we visit & even make it at home. The antipasto salad had lots of tasty ingredients. Loved the chocolate chip cannoli & limoncello for dessert. Amber, our waitress was great.
Unfortunately they had our large table, a group of 20 and one of 30 all being served at the same time. If our waitress would have been efficient at all, which she was not...she could have quickly taken our orders and gotten at least ours going and done before the others went in but we were CONSTANTLY trying to find her.
The food was fairly good but getting even drinks or water was too long.
The shrimp florentine e was very delicious but the penne with sausage was way salty. The portions were huge. Three of us ate 2 pastas..and took home enough for lunch for each. The sausage with penne...I took home... Doubled its volume with an equal portion of buttered noodles, 2 tomatoes, and the level of salt was then proper/ very tasty still. Haha...Service was pleasant. Family friendly. Enjoyable.
Buca Di Beppo is a great restaurant for all occasions. Quality food served family style. Great place for group get togethers or dinner for two. As a Fighting Illini fan, I was very happy when this restaurant opened in Champaign. Friendly staff, good service and the food is great.
The idea of everyone eating from the same dish reminds you of home.