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Buca's Bogus Bargain

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National chain restaurant Buca di Beppo, with 89 outlets nationwide (including one in Miami Lakes), is marking its 15th anniversary from now until August 10 by offering 15 of its original dishes “at classic pricing that recalls better days when gas was just $1.16 a gallon and movie tickets were a mere $4.25.” Now granted, portions here are family style and can serve “two-to-three people”. But considering that this is mass-produced chain food, is $6.49 really a bargain for garlic bread? Or $11.99 for a pepperoni pizza? How about $8.49 for tiramisu?

In fact, Buca is offering guests “an average savings of 15 percent” -- which actually brings us back to the times when movie tickets were $8.50 (the good old days of 2005), and gas was $4 a gallon (the good old days of a few weeks ago).

-- Lee Klein

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