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.
Bertucci's Sausage Soup
1/2 onion diced
6 sweet Italian sausages
14 cups beef or chicken stock
1 cup white rice uncooked
1 cup chunky Italian plum tomatoes
1/2-1/4 lb. of spinach- cleaned and destemed
2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Remove skins and cut sausage 1/2 inch pieces and put into a large kettle and add onion- saute without butter or oil over low heat till golden. Add stock and simmer- add rice and tomatoes and continue simmering till rice is cooked.. about 15-20 minutes--- add spinach and cook for a few more minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish each bowl before serving with the cheese.