Buca, the family-style Italian restaurant with locations in over two dozen states, recently opened on a busy location on Route 6 in Seekonk, next to TGIFriday’s and the now closed Bugaboo Creek.
We gave it a try on a recent Friday after reviewing movies at the Seekonk Showcase around the corner. The restaurant chain is overloaded with photos, memorabilia and bright lights and tends to be a bit noisy, with many large families taking advantage of its Boca Small meals (serves up to 3) and Boca Large (serves up to 6). It is an interesting concept, but not aimed at a couple with different taste interests.
Pasta dishes run from Spaghetti Marinara ($10.95/$17.95) to Shrimp Fra Diavlo ($20.95/$31.95). Pizzas go from $12.95/$21.95, and family-style salads from $10.95 to $19.95. Garlic bread seemed a little steep at $8.95/$10.95, so we settled for their free bread basket of thinly sliced Italian bread with a slight taste of cheese, serve with oil and, oddly, vinegar.
We agreed on Buca Small bowl of Linguini Frutti Di Mare, shrimp, baby clams, mussels and calamari in a spicy red clam sauce for $20.95. By our standards, it just fed two. It was good, but we could have used a bit more sauce and linguini. If we had ordered a salad or garlic bread it would have been enough.
If you are feeding a family of four with young children, you can get away quite inexpensively with a bowl of spaghetti marinara for $10.95. That’s less than $3 each, or order the large for $17.95 and take home what is left.