Buca de Beppo is a great restaurant for parties of 6 or more, otherwise, you're on overload. The food is meant for masses, not for parties of two. That is why the restaurant is so loud, bustling, and a little on the chaotic side. The food is decent, but beware of paying extreme amounts for just so-so salads. I'd suggest the pizzas and the chicken marsala, skipping the pasta in clam sauce which made my friend violently ill one evening after she noticed it tasted a bit "off" (and she's a chef). If you have a birthday party, the atmosphere is perfect. If you're looking for a family night out, skip it and head somewhere else.
Also, their tomato sauce is odd... kind of sweet and tangy, so if you're into rustic hearty sauces, definitely go elsewhere.