I have competing reservations at Buca and Scaramouche Pasta Bar when my parents come to town in a couple of weeks. My parents are in their late fifties and enjoy Italian food.
I have eaten at Buca before, but not lately. I have really enjoyed the food in the past, and find the diverse menu to be accommodating to most people's tastes. I do dislike, however, the crowd and noise.
I have eaten at Scaramouche before, but never in the pasta bar. It seems a little pricier than Buca, but since I can't find a menu online for Buca, it's hard to tell. I like the service at Scaramouche, and the food in the main room is really good too. The coconut cream pie is worth the trip alone!
What say you, chow-universe?