Event 755: 5:00 Drinks, 6:00 Dinner, 7:30 Italian Card Games at Buca di Beppo!

Happy 5th Anniversary, CCGP!

It's going to be a bella notte!

We're starting our 5th anniversary celebration a week early with a special event, Italian-style!

"Bella notte" is an appropriate way of describing an evening spent with delicious Italian food & wine, fast-furious-and-fun Italian card-play, and fun-loving friends to share it all with! "Bella Notte" means "beautiful night" and it really doesn't get much more beautiful than that, now does it?

Those of us who are able will meet as early as 5:00 for cocktails, and possibly some early card-play. At 6:00, we will start dinner, as most of the group will be here by then. Immediately following dinner, at approximately 7:30, we will start playing our games! Briscola, along with Scopa/Scopone, will be played for sure, and anyone wanting to play Madrasso or Scarto may certainly do so. I will have the appropriate cards for these games available for use.

A recent Italian visitor to my booth at the market stated that there are two things that people in Italy like to do to pass their time, eat and play cards! How wonderful is that!

Most Italian card games, when played properly, are played quickly and increase the noise in the room by several decibels, and for this reason I have asked that we be given a private, or at least semiprivate, room in which to play. I also plan to extend an open invitation to the general public who know the games and may wish to join us after dinner for some card-play! I am quite sure there will be a few old-timers around who wouldn't mind showing us amateurs a thing or two! So, if you think you are good at Scopa or Briscola, watch out! Old Italian men (and, I am sure, the women as well) are VERY difficult to beat at these games! That's not a stereotype, it's a fact! It comes from years of sitting outside cafes and inside bars, playing for hours on end, as well as playing with family at home to all hours of the morning. If we have anyone from the general public joining us for games that don't know how to play, I will be teaching them Briscola, since the rules are easily taught.

I hope that you all can be there to share in this special evening. Be sure to bring your appetite!


Hello everyone!

Wow, I have never seen such a fast response to an event in these 5 years. Outstanding!!!

Buca di Beppo serves family style, so everyone at the table (or in the party room) share everything. The portion sizes are very ample. If we were left to order from the menu, the price per person becomes quite high. But then, you get what you pay for. We definitely get the most bang for the buck by going with the banquet package deals. I have selected the second smallest banquet package, which is priced at $29.95 per person, (not including tax and tip). That is only $5 more than the smallest package, with quite a bit more to choose from!

The bill (per person) figures out as follows:

Dinner (as detailed below): $29.95

21% Service Charge $6.29

7.75% Tax $2.33

TOTAL $38.57

Minus my portion (my anniversary gift to you!) -$13.57

Your Final Total Due $25.00

Unless you order alcoholic beverages, no other charges will be due from you for this event. Alcoholic beverage purchases will be billed to, and are payable by, each individual.

I need to ask everyone to pre-pay for this event online via PayPal or credit card, or in person by cash or credit card (I have a card reader on my phone), as soon as possible. If you choose to pay online, you may do so by clicking on the "Pay Now" link right above the "Happy 5th Anniversary" headline above. That will take you to the TaroBear's Lair PayPal page, where you can pay via PayPal if you have an account, or by credit card by clicking on the "don't have a PayPal account?" link.

Since my personal credit card will be charged by the restaurant at the end of the event, and the amount will be based on our expected attendance as of the 26th, no refunds will be given for no-shows or late cancelations! Be sure to cancel your RSVP by 5:00pm on the 25th in order to receive a refund. Also, anyone whose payment has not been received by then will be taken off the list. I cannot get stuck with having to pay $38.57 per head out of my own pocket for no-shows or late cancelations. I am sure you all understand.

The early RSVP'ers have voted on the menu choices, and the results are as follows:

  • Garlic Bread Garlic Bread: Our Italian loaf brushed with garlic-infused olive oil, then baked with Parmesan cheese and lots of fresh garlic.
  • Caesar Salad: Fresh, crisp romaine lettuce tossed in our Caesar salad dressing with roasted garlic croutons then topped with Parmesan cheese.
  • Apple Gargonzola Salad: Tart Granny Smith apples, spiced walnuts, dried cranberries and Gorgonzola cheese tossed with our fresh lettuce blend in our signature Italian vinaigrette.
  • Fettuccine Alfredo: Classic favorite featuring imported Italian egg fettuccine tossed in our creamy Alfredo sauce.
  • Spicy Chicken Rigatoni: Awaken your taste buds with a new favorite - tender chicken breast sautéed with garlic and red pepper, tossed with peas, a spicy rosa sauce and imported Italian rigatoni pasta.
  • Chicken ParmigianaChicken Parmigiana: Large breaded and sautéed chicken breasts topped with marinara and mozzarella, then baked to golden perfection.
  • Homemade Cheesecake: Rich, creamy cheesecake topped with a sweet raspberry hazelnut sauce and sprinkled with rich toasted hazelnuts.
  • Tiramisu: Our powerfully flavored Tiramisu features homemade ladyfingers soaked in dark rum and espresso, layered with sweetened mascarpone cheese and topped with cocoa and crumbled hazelnut biscotti.

Beverages: UNLIMITED Soft Drinks, Coffee & Tea are included. Alcoholic beverages will be given  to your bill.

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  • Jennifer H.

    Tigger's bounciness is returning and will be flaunted for all to see at the 5yr party on Sunday the 7th (but only for the afternoon hours). Thanks to all who were present for the ickiness and were so very understanding. I -um- liked my nasty little norovirus so much (oh the sacrasm) that I gave it to my parents on Saturday *siiigh*

    April 3, 2013

  • ellen w.

    it was awesome meet some new people and learned a new game

    March 29, 2013

  • TaroBear's L.

    You all help make this club one of the best around, if not THE best! Thank you for supporting this event and helping to make it a great success. Some of us played 5-handed Briscola (with the phantom partner) until past 11:30, and they still did not thrown us out! The only downer about the night is that Tigger (Jenn) was sick and had to leave. Her bounciness was missed. I miss seeing her, and tonight's visit was far too short. Great to see Rita after a very long time, and also very nice to meet the gals from Erie! Congratulations to the winners of the drawing for the Italian card decks, Joanne, Nkoli, and Jason, and the winner of the "Sette Bello" grand prize (an Italian card deck in leather case w/pad and pencil along with a book of Italian card games), Jack! By the way, you can all eat your cookies now! Now it's time to start planning our 10-year party, LOL. Again, thank you all for coming. It was a fun 5 years, and a very fun party!

    March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Love our group! Thank you for organizing this, Gary!

    March 28, 2013

  • Christina

    I have not played Madrasso yet!!! And really been too long for Briscola... totally forgot... But you know me, quick refresher/tutorial and I'm good!!! =) Is Ottocento Italian too? or some other country/culture? ...I just keep remembering that I liked the thing with Moors... haha.

    March 24, 2013

    • TaroBear's L.

      Yes, Ottocento is an Italian game, more specifically Bolognese. However, I will not have the time or patience Thursday to teach it, or even to refresh anyone (including myself) on it, since it is very complex. Like some other games (Skat, Bauernschnapsen, Hungarian Tarokk, etc.) the play of the hand is pretty normal. It's all the extra bonuses and other "technical clutter" that makes it complex. Don't get me wrong, these are all wonderful games, they are just a nightmare to remember and teach if not done on a fairly frequent basis.

      March 25, 2013

    • TaroBear's L.

      Madrasso, on the other hand, is fairly easy to teach, or to learn for yourself at http://www.pagat.com/...­. The game is pretty much a cross between Briscola (trump suit and ranking of cards (A, 3, K, H, J)) and Tressette (you must follow suit). The game is Venetian, and uses the Venetian-style card deck known as the Trevigiane. I will be sure to have one or two decks of these available for use. I do recommend that you familiarize yourself with the cards before you come out to the event. They are of the "Northern Italian" style, which means curved swords and straight bastoni or clubs. Definitely a fun game, though not as fast-paced and frenzied as Briscola, since you have all your cards at once, and therefore are able to "plan".

      March 25, 2013

  • Christina

    FYI - two of my other, newer members (AND FIENDS!!!) may also be joining us.

    February 23, 2013

    • Christina

      More card playing monsters are appearing....!!! *gasp* I don't think it's me creating them, I think we're just only slowly drawing them out.... =O

      February 23, 2013

    • Christina

      Add to same string... that's my +2... Margaret & Joanne. =) So excited to really have our groups kind of get together. Folks here are funny and fun too and look forward to meet you Cleveland folks!!!

      March 24, 2013

  • Jennifer H.

    OH I am soh there!!! This is v.e.r.y exciting - five years!!! Wo_oW!And, even though I'm doing Curves Complete (ie am on a diet program) I will "make room" and bring my appetite.. I _love_ Italian food!!!! My Italian card play is (um) veeeery "rusty" ;)

    1 · February 14, 2013

    • Christina

      =) I'll make an appearance again as well.

      1 · February 20, 2013

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