“ East Park Drive / Blackpool / Lancashire / FY3 8LL / Tel: 01253 838866 „
My niece had her 25th birthday party recently at Buca di Beppo, the De Vere's new Italian restaurant.
It was very nice at first glance. There is a bar when you go in, and a member of staff there to greet you. Everyone was very pleasant and I was told that none of my party had arrived and I was welcome to wait in the bar. Instead I asked the way to the ladies and was given very clear directions.
As soon as I got back to the restaurant the young lady instantly informed me that the others had arrived and showed me to the table.
We ordered drinks and chatted with the chap behind the bar who was very pleasant and nice.
There was a Rat Pack singer on the night we were there who was excellent. He strolled around the restaurant with his microphone instead of being stuck on a stage, and sang to everyone. He spoke to me during his break and asked me if someone in our party was having a birthday. I told him my niece was and he made a point of coming to the table later and singing Happy Birthday to her, à la Dean Martin.
The food itself was a bit of a mixed bag. I had the stuffed mushrooms as a starter, which were excellent. My parents had the minestrone soup and they also said it was very good. My main course was the Frescata - penne pasta with spinach and mixed vegetables. This was a big disappointment. The pasta was bland and undercooked and didn't really taste of anything. I over compensated with the salt and pepper which seemed to pour out of the cruet so I put on more than I intended. I barely ate a third of my main course - I really didn't enjoy it. For dessert I had the cheesecake which again was superb!
Price wise - the fixed menu for three courses was £17.95 and, as my niece's partner had a leisure card, we got 20% off, bringing it down to £14.36. Not bad for a three course meal, even if one of the three was disappointing.
My niece's partner had bought her a special birthday cake which the staff brought out with candles and a special song which they all stood around and sang for us - a nice touch.
I probably won't go again - there are other Italian restaurants I frequent which I know are always excellent. But, if you tried one of the other courses, you might find that I was just unlucky.
(This review has also appeared on ciao.co.uk)