Bertucci's Corporation, a casual-dining chain, owns a collection of full-service Italian restaurants that operate under the name "Bertucci's Brick Oven Pizzeria." During the early years of the 21st century there were roughly 80 Bertucci's restaurants scattered throughout the northeastern United States, each of which featured wood-fired brick ovens, which cook hotter than conventional pizza ovens, and served Tuscan-styled food, including gourmet pizzas, salads, soups, seafood, and pasta dishes. Founded in suburban Boston by Joseph Crugnale, Bertucci's expanded quickly during the 1980s and 1990s, growing from a single restaurant in 1981 to a sprawling restaurant chain by the mid-1990s. N.E. Restaurant Co. Inc., Bertucci's owner since 1998, adopted the Bertucci's name in 2001.



Grilled Shrimp Salad

Grilled shrimp served over spinach, roasted artichokes, tomatoes and black olives. 
Tossed in Italian dressing with crumbled feta cheese and marinated cucumbers and onions

Eggplant Pomodoro

Roasted Eggplant Pomodoro with Spaghetti
Roasted Eggplant, layered with house made pomodoro sauce, 
finished with melted provolone and served over spaghetti.

Grilled Cobb Salad

Romaine and arugula tossed in a Parmesan peppercorn dressing. 
Topped with seasoned tomatoes, chopped eggs, bacon, gorgonzola, avocado and red onion. 
With a choice of grilled chicken, shrimp or salmon.

Broccoli Romano

Bertucci's Brick Oven Copycat Recipe

Serves 4-6

1/2 stick unsalted butter
2 to 3 cups broccoli florets, cut into bite sized pieces
1/3 cup Italian breadcrumbs (make sure to use seasoned breadcrumbs)

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add broccoli and mix.  Cover and cook until broccoli is bright green, about 3 to 5 minutes.  Add breadcrumbs and mix until incorporated.  Reduce heat to low and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.  Serve hot.

Spinach and Artichoke Aglio Olio

A delightful combination, gently sauteed with roasted garlic and Aglio Olio

Bertucci's Brick Oven Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

1 pound dry linguini
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
freshly ground black pepper

freshly grated parmigiano reggiano

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat and add 2 tablespoons salt. Add the linguine and stir well. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes, or until al dente, tender but not mushy. Try to time it so that the garlic is done when the pasta is ready.

While the pasta cooks, place a large skillet over low heat and add the oil, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and red pepper flakes. Cook and stir for 3 minutes, or until the garlic softens and then becomes a light golden color. It is important not to let the garlic get too brown as this will result in a bitter, unpleasant taste.

Drain the pasta in a colander set in the sink, reserving about 1/4 cup of the starchy cooking water. Add the pasta and the reserved pasta water, a little at a time, to the garlic mixture. Toss well to aerate the pasta, making the sauce slick and creamy. Sprinkle in the parsley, toss well to coat evenly, and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the pasta to a large warm serving bowl or divide among 4 warm shallow bowls. Pass the grated cheese around the table for serving.

Notes: This pasta recipe is as simple as it gets. In this timeless Italian peasant dish, hot pasta is tossed with lots of fresh garlic sauteed in olive oil, seasoned with a little crushed red pepper, and finished off with Parmesan cheese.  This basic pasta dish leaves much room for improvisation and versatility. Add sauteed zucchini, spinach, steamed broccoli, artichoke hearts, or your favorite grilled vegetables.

Fettuccine Alfredo with Asparagus

Bertucci's Brick Oven Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

1 pound asparagus
3/4 pound fettuccine
4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
1 cup heavy cream
pinch grated nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

Snap the tough ends off the asparagus and discard them. Cut the asparagus spears into 1-inch pieces. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the fettuccine until almost done, about 8 minutes. Add the asparagus; cook until it and the pasta are just done, about 4 minutes longer.

Drain the pasta and asparagus. Toss with the butter, cream, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and Parmesan. Serve with additional Parmesan.

Taste of Bertucci's


A trio of Bertucci’s favorites
 Rigatoni Abruzzi. Served with a side Insalata or a cup of soup. 

Chicken Parma

Chicken Parma sauteed breaded chicken topped with 
pomodoro sauce, basil and provolone cheese, served over spaghetti.

The video cooking demonstration will show you how to make this classic Italian dish.

Bertucci's also serves the Chicken Parma as a baked casserole
with your choice of pasta.

Roasted Artichoke Fonduta

Artichoke hearts blended in a mozzarella, asiago and 
romano cheese spread, then baked and served with crispy flatbread.

1 (14 oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine artichoke hearts, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, white pepper. Mix well, and spoon mixture into a 1 quart baking dish. Top with remaining 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

Notes:  You can substitute an Italian blend of cheese for the mozzarella cheese and use roasted artichoke as well.

Tomato Florentine Soup

Bertucci's Brick Oven Copycat Recipe

Serves 9

3 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
8 medium tomatoes, chopped
4 cups V-8 vegetable juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 (10 oz.) package fresh baby spinach
3 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried basil

In a large saucepan, saute garlic in oil for 1 minute. Add tomatoes; cook and stir for 5-10 minutes or until tender. Add the vegetable juice, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Stir in spinach and basil. Cook 5 minutes longer or until spinach is wilted.

Notes: V-8 juice makes a wonderful base for any type of tomato soup. The low salt version is great from dietary restrictions and the spicy type is for people who like a little heat.