We came to Buca di Beppo last week for a late lunch after my step-dad's funeral. I chose this location both for its proximity to my home and because I knew they had several large tables to accommodate a party of 10. I expected them to have fairly generic but decent Italian comfort food, I expected the over-the-top decor and quirky art, what I didn't expect was the level of service which was the nicest I've had at any restaurant in the Valley.
When we told our server about the services we'd just come from, he was both sympathetic, warm, and a great judge of our mood. He was kind to my mother and got her drink first thing. He was tolerant of my son who had missed his nap, and he was never too busy to fulfill our requests for substitutions to the pasta, extra napkins, more wine, or separating our left-overs into multiple boxes. To be honest, the food was what I expected - decent but not stellar. But the service was 5-star and on an occasion such as this, it really made the afternoon less stressful and as pleasant as possible.
Thank you Buca di Beppo, my family and I look forward to returning soon (for a happier occasion of course!).