Performing chefs cook up rustic, home-style Italian entrees at this buzzing family restaurant.. In Short A boisterous, all-ages crowd of pasta lovers pack this energetic Italian spot, where chefs clad in white hats and red scarves keep diners wide-eyed by showing their moves in the busy open kitchen. The menu boasts family-sized portions of hearty traditional fare, from antipasti, chicken and pasta dishes to seafood, steak and wood-fired pizzas. Signature plates include grilled pork chops, lobster ravioli, and penne rustica with shrimp, grilled chicken and smoked prosciutto in cream sauce.
macaroni grill v. buca di beppo = buca di beppo, hands down.
The Grill has a beautiful, romantic Italian-villa feel to it. On certain nights, they even have opera singers come in to sing to you (tips, of course). Their servers are top-notch and the bread is amazing--one place I'm definitely not ashamed to order more free bread from to take home for later. I like the choose-your-own-pasta option and they have some great alcoholic drinks--we got a fruity one in a tall glass--cant remember what it was. They have a cute little bar to chill at while you wait for your table vibrator to buzz.
BUT--the food can be a little bland. The Grill gets old very quickly. Real quick. They just don't take risks with their dishes like Buca does. On the flip side, because the Grill plays it safe, its better for dining in large groups than Buca is. Buca food can't be rushed.