LAS VEGAS  (RestaurantNewsRelease.com)  Thursday, July 29 is officially National Lasagna Day and Buca di Beppo will celebrate by offering FREE lasagna.

Valid at all Buca di Beppo locations throughout the country, guests who purchase any Buca Small or Buca Large sized pasta or entree will receive a free lunch-sized portion of lasagna. During its celebration last year, Buca di Beppo marked National Lasagna Day by giving away over more than 18,000 pounds of Lasagna, approximately the same weight as nine Italian-made Fiat automobiles.

Buca di Beppo lasagna is famous for its towering layers of lasagna noodles stuffed with homemade meat sauce and a combination of ricotta, mozzarella, provolone and parmesan cheeses; a favorite among Buca guests.  The casual Italian eatery also offers a variety of budget friendly pastas and entrees including spaghetti with meatballs, fettuccine alfredo and chicken parmigiana.  

The origins of lasagna date back to the 1st century B.C. where a food called “lagana” was a common meal consisting of fine sheets of fried dough. In the 2nd century Athenaeus of Naucratis, a Greek scholar, provided a recipe for lagana that was made with sheets of wheat-flour dough and the juice of crushed lettuce, then flavored with spices and deep-fried in oil. An early 5th century cookbook describes a dish called lagana that consisted of layers of dough with meat stuffing, a possible ancestor of modern-day Lasagna, though the first concrete information concerning pasta products in Italy dates from the thirteenth or fourteenth century. The word “lagana” survives today in modern-day Greece to denote an unleavened, flat bread eaten during the Great Lent.

Terms of the Free Lasagna program:

The Buca di Beppo free lasagna offer is valid for dine-in only customers on July 29, 2010.  To receive a free lunch-size portion of the lasagna, guests must also purchase a Buca Small or Buca Large size pasta or entree.  The free lasagna is not valid on Buca To Go orders, but may be boxed and taken home by dine-in guests.  Not to be combined with any other offer or coupon.  For more information, please visit www.bucadibeppo.com.

About Buca di Beppo

Owned and operated by Planet Hollywood International, Inc., with locations from Albany to Honolulu, Buca di Beppo restaurants embody the Italian traditions of food, friendship and hospitality. Dishes enjoyed for generations in villages throughout Italy inspire the menu, which features both Northern and Southern Italian favorites. While the food has pleased millions of palates from coast-to-coast, Buca di Beppo is equally famous for its quirky decor and upbeat atmosphere. Most Buca di Beppo locations are open daily for lunch and dinner. Delivery is also available at many locations nationwide. Visit www.bucadibeppo.com for locations, hours of operation, menus, reservations or to place an online order for Buca To Go.