I've been to Buca Di Beppo a few times, always with a large group and always for someone's birthday. I guess they're well regarded because the portions are huge and eaten family style and it's not too expensive. The bread and salad were decent. The pasta dishes all seemed to be topped with sauces that came from a can or jar, a la Ragu. The meat dishes were yucky. I was overstuffed and in need of a shower after leaving this place. Huge drinks are a plus.