Rocca

★★★☆☆
  • 500 Harrison Ave

    Boston, MA 02118

    Cross street: Thayer Street

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  • 617-451-5151

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Amazing, they just got a new chef and it is a must try, sat outside to a wonderful meal and great staff. Manger came by to every table to check on the service. This is something every place should do it makes a big difference.

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★★★★★

Amazing, they just got a new chef and it is a must try, sat outside to a wonderful meal and great staff. Manger came by to every table to check on the service. This is something every place should do it makes a big difference.

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The food at rocca is to die for and you always want more! The service is great and the chef and owner are very nice too. The aps. were all great with my favorate one bein the summer melon plate it had three types of melon which were all so good and fresh and it had a really nie cheese with it. For my main dish i fot the three hour (or three day i cant remember the exact name) it was cooked very nicely and the potatos that came with it were so good. Rocca is a place you should try.

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★★★★★

The food at rocca is to die for and you always want more! The service is great and the chef and owner are very nice too. The aps. were all great with my favorate one bein the summer melon plate it had three types of melon which were all so good and fresh and it had a really nie cheese with it. For my main dish i fot the three hour (or three day i cant remember the exact name) it was cooked very nicely and the potatos that came with it were so good. Rocca is a place you should try.

Pros: EVERYTHING

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I normally only go to Rocca on the nights when they have the gay parties, but I ended up here with a few co-workers on a Wednesday night and had a great time. We sat at the bar and had a few drinks. I ordered the margherita pizza with eggplant, which was delicious. Definitely not something you can fill up on, but it was a decent size and very light. I loved being here on a Wed. It was not busy, but great atmosphere, and the people at the bar were very friendly. Also Rob the bartender took great care of us!

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★★★☆☆

I normally only go to Rocca on the nights when they have the gay parties, but I ended up here with a few co-workers on a Wednesday night and had a great time. We sat at the bar and had a few drinks. I ordered the margherita pizza with eggplant, which was delicious. Definitely not something you can fill up on, but it was a decent size and very light. I loved being here on a Wed. It was not busy, but great atmosphere, and the people at the bar were very friendly. Also Rob the bartender took great care of us!

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Rocca used to be cool back when it was new and hip, and everyone wanted to check out the space.. The time has long gone and the place is operating on smoke and mirrors. Drinks are terribly overpriced and meal service is also overpriced for the quality or I should say inconsistency of the food. The turnover in staff hasnt helped.

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★☆☆☆☆

Rocca used to be cool back when it was new and hip, and everyone wanted to check out the space.. The time has long gone and the place is operating on smoke and mirrors. Drinks are terribly overpriced and meal service is also overpriced for the quality or I should say inconsistency of the food. The turnover in staff hasnt helped.

Pros: Location (huge parking lot) and nice decor

Cons: Drinks, Food

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Rocca is one of my favorite Italian restaurants outside the north end. The atmosphere inside is great and the waitstaff is extremely friendly. The mussels appetizer was delicious and the martini's were as well.

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★★★★☆

Rocca is one of my favorite Italian restaurants outside the north end. The atmosphere inside is great and the waitstaff is extremely friendly. The mussels appetizer was delicious and the martini's were as well.

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I went to Rocca on Friday night with a few friends for drinks. We got there around 10:30 and the place was pretty packed. Unfortunately there was only dedicated bar attender to serve the big crowed. It was an arduous process to order a drink. The staff acted like they were paying me to go through all that trouble to get a drink. When it came out, the glasses were over flowing, dripping everywhere. The bar attender didn??t even bother wiping it off or at least putting the glass on a napkin. The drinks were of subpar quality.

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★★☆☆☆

I went to Rocca on Friday night with a few friends for drinks. We got there around 10:30 and the place was pretty packed. Unfortunately there was only dedicated bar attender to serve the big crowed. It was an arduous process to order a drink. The staff acted like they were paying me to go through all that trouble to get a drink. When it came out, the glasses were over flowing, dripping everywhere. The bar attender didn??t even bother wiping it off or at least putting the glass on a napkin. The drinks were of subpar quality.

Pros: Bad service, bad drinks

Cons: Decent décor

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Visited Rocca for the first time on Sunday night and had a very good experience. Slightly off the beaten path, this is a really cool, modern, very open restaurant and bar. Need a place where your suburbanite friends can park their SUVs and not be uptight about sitting on top of strangers at another cramped Boston restaurant? Bring them here.

My girlfriend loved her Sangria, a bit sparkling for me, and the waiter made good wine suggestions for me. We started with the Roasted Butternut Squash & Pear Pizzetta which was a nice beginning to the meal. She had the Potato Gnocchi with wild mushrooms which was rich, creamy and earthy. I had the Pan-Roasted Duck Breast, cooked medium rare at our waiter's recommendation, which was very nice also. "Smashed Almond Bark" for dessert was overly crumbly and generally unmemorable but the meal was enjoyable none the less.

When we spilled a drink half way through the meal our waiter promptly cleaned up the mess and refilled the drink free of charge - that's good service! Total bill came to about $95 plus tip. One of our better South End dining experiences. We'll be back.

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★★★★☆

Visited Rocca for the first time on Sunday night and had a very good experience. Slightly off the beaten path, this is a really cool, modern, very open restaurant and bar. Need a place where your suburbanite friends can park their SUVs and not be uptight about sitting on top of strangers at another cramped Boston restaurant? Bring them here.

My girlfriend loved her Sangria, a bit sparkling for me, and the waiter made good wine suggestions for me. We started with the Roasted Butternut Squash & Pear Pizzetta which was a nice beginning to the meal. She had the Potato Gnocchi with wild mushrooms which was rich, creamy and earthy. I had the Pan-Roasted Duck Breast, cooked medium rare at our waiter's recommendation, which was very nice also. "Smashed Almond Bark" for dessert was overly crumbly and generally unmemorable but the meal was enjoyable none the less.

When we spilled a drink half way through the meal our waiter promptly cleaned up the mess and refilled the drink free of charge - that's good service! Total bill came to about $95 plus tip. One of our better South End dining experiences. We'll be back.

Pros: Spacious feel, Good food, Good waiter

Cons: Rambunctious Bar Scene, Disappointing dessert

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I recently went to Rocca for a friends' celebration dinner. We had a price fixed, 4 course dinner, and when the waitress came by to ask if we wanted red or white wine, I assumed this was included in the cost. I was driving (excellent parking) so I did not partake, but the rest of the table did. 6 bottles of wine later, our bill came to $1500. Apparently when the reservation was made we were told that we could only have the table for 2.5 hours. 2.5 Hours for 4 courses? really? The staff was great and attentive, but the deserts were not out in the alloted time and we went over, which was clearly not our faults. While we were paying the $1500 bill, the owners/managers were coming over and "jokingly" reminding us that we were over our time and there were people waiting downstairs. While they were trying to be lighthearted, we got their strongly made point. I've never regretted spending money more. For the amount we spent, they should have 1. thrown in a couple of those bottomless bottles of wine, and 2. Let us sit there for as long as we wanted. They should have just been happy in this economy that there were people there and willing to spend money. There are plenty of empy restaurants out there...The food is OK, and the wines by the glass were reasonably priced when I looked at the list in the lounge downstairs. The waitstaff were great. I haven't been to Rocca other than this event, but I don't know that I would would go back. The food was good, but the end of the evening left a bad taste in my mouth.

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★★★☆☆

I recently went to Rocca for a friends' celebration dinner. We had a price fixed, 4 course dinner, and when the waitress came by to ask if we wanted red or white wine, I assumed this was included in the cost. I was driving (excellent parking) so I did not partake, but the rest of the table did. 6 bottles of wine later, our bill came to $1500. Apparently when the reservation was made we were told that we could only have the table for 2.5 hours. 2.5 Hours for 4 courses? really? The staff was great and attentive, but the deserts were not out in the alloted time and we went over, which was clearly not our faults. While we were paying the $1500 bill, the owners/managers were coming over and "jokingly" reminding us that we were over our time and there were people waiting downstairs. While they were trying to be lighthearted, we got their strongly made point. I've never regretted spending money more. For the amount we spent, they should have 1. thrown in a couple of those bottomless bottles of wine, and 2. Let us sit there for as long as we wanted. They should have just been happy in this economy that there were people there and willing to spend money. There are plenty of empy restaurants out there...The food is OK, and the wines by the glass were reasonably priced when I looked at the list in the lounge downstairs. The waitstaff were great. I haven't been to Rocca other than this event, but I don't know that I would would go back. The food was good, but the end of the evening left a bad taste in my mouth.

Pros: parking, reasonably priced wines by the glass

Cons: rude manangement/owners not valuing the clients they have

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Why did we have to ask for bread? Then we had to ask for butter. We were told that the butter was too cold. Where was the waiter? Why was a woman's winter coat sitting on the floor of the ladies restroom? Why was my food not better than what I can make at home? Why did we get nasty looks when we asked for lemons for the uninteresting calamari? Why did we not stick around for desert?
This place is highly over rated and highly over priced. The lack of service makes me scratch my head. Do they really think they can compete with other South End restaurants.?
Good parking does not a good restaurant make.
However, the parking is darn good.

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★★☆☆☆

Why did we have to ask for bread? Then we had to ask for butter. We were told that the butter was too cold. Where was the waiter? Why was a woman's winter coat sitting on the floor of the ladies restroom? Why was my food not better than what I can make at home? Why did we get nasty looks when we asked for lemons for the uninteresting calamari? Why did we not stick around for desert?
This place is highly over rated and highly over priced. The lack of service makes me scratch my head. Do they really think they can compete with other South End restaurants.?
Good parking does not a good restaurant make.
However, the parking is darn good.

Pros: Parking

Cons: Service

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Last week there was an eating out incentive called Appetite Stimulus something...I agreed to meet my friends for dinner at Rocca - first time there for me...certainly not the last.

I arrived and met one of my friends at the bar. As we shared a cocktail, a wonderful Ligurian Lemonade, our third and fourth friends arrived. Our reservation had been to dine on the second floor, but Joey, the bartender was so engaging, fun, and efficient that we quickly decided that we forget about the "fine dining"ambiance of the second floor for the excellent service that Joey had extended towards us.

The food was great, especially given that I was eating from a prix fixe menu - most restaurants offer minimalist, inexpensive dishes at these prices. I had a mixed salad that was very unique, delicious and perfectly dressed. The carbonara pasta with guanciale was amazing. The presentation was beautiful and the richness of flavors was incredible.

My only critique was not being offered fresh ground pepper for my salad or pasta - but honestly, it was not missing for me, the dishes did not lack it, but it would have been appropriate to have it offered. Then again, Joey was our server while also tending to the bar.

I loved the ambiance and decor, it was subtle, warm, yet modern. The high ceiling and sheer curtains gave it a much bigger, open feel.

All in all, I may try the dining room some day, but I would return to the bar as often as possible, Just hope Joey is there to be his efficient, charming self.

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★★★★★

Last week there was an eating out incentive called Appetite Stimulus something...I agreed to meet my friends for dinner at Rocca - first time there for me...certainly not the last.

I arrived and met one of my friends at the bar. As we shared a cocktail, a wonderful Ligurian Lemonade, our third and fourth friends arrived. Our reservation had been to dine on the second floor, but Joey, the bartender was so engaging, fun, and efficient that we quickly decided that we forget about the "fine dining"ambiance of the second floor for the excellent service that Joey had extended towards us.

The food was great, especially given that I was eating from a prix fixe menu - most restaurants offer minimalist, inexpensive dishes at these prices. I had a mixed salad that was very unique, delicious and perfectly dressed. The carbonara pasta with guanciale was amazing. The presentation was beautiful and the richness of flavors was incredible.

My only critique was not being offered fresh ground pepper for my salad or pasta - but honestly, it was not missing for me, the dishes did not lack it, but it would have been appropriate to have it offered. Then again, Joey was our server while also tending to the bar.

I loved the ambiance and decor, it was subtle, warm, yet modern. The high ceiling and sheer curtains gave it a much bigger, open feel.

All in all, I may try the dining room some day, but I would return to the bar as often as possible, Just hope Joey is there to be his efficient, charming self.

Pros: Great food, even better service.

Cons: Bartender should have a barback or server assistant.

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Let me start off by saying that we had our dining experience at the upstairs bar. We walked in around 8:30 and were immediately seated upstairs at the bar. The host was such a nice guy. The bartender was fantastic. The food was amazing. We started off with the marinated olives and the polenta. Very delicious. Can the bread get any better? My pasta dish was really small and really not worth the price. It was delicious but there was hardly anything to it. Get the baked rigatoni. That's a full meal and it's really good! The place has a great vibe. It's a bit loud in there but everything else is great.

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★★★★★

Let me start off by saying that we had our dining experience at the upstairs bar. We walked in around 8:30 and were immediately seated upstairs at the bar. The host was such a nice guy. The bartender was fantastic. The food was amazing. We started off with the marinated olives and the polenta. Very delicious. Can the bread get any better? My pasta dish was really small and really not worth the price. It was delicious but there was hardly anything to it. Get the baked rigatoni. That's a full meal and it's really good! The place has a great vibe. It's a bit loud in there but everything else is great.

Pros: Great food, ambience

Cons: Small pasta dish, loud music

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Well let me start by saying I went to Rocca on a Tuesday night around 9pm with reservations. I went to Rocca b/c my friend and I saw an episode of Phantom Gourmet and thought this restaurant would be nice for a birthday celebration.

FOOD:
We walked in and were immediately greeted by a nice hostess and promptly taken upstairs to be seated. Everybody was very nice; some so nice I wondered how much they were getting paid to so nice. Anyway, the waitress was very quick asking us if we wanted any drinks or appetizers, a little too quick. The appetizers took about 15 mins or so to come out, but were worth the wait (at least the mussels and the bread in the bucket were good). After the appetizers came she took our main orders and headed off. That was one of the last times she would stop by our table that night. I guess you don't have to be quick when you're serving a party bigger than 6 and the gratuity is already added in? The entrees took forever to come out (maybe 30- 45 minutes) and most of my party had run out of water and drinks by then, but we couldn't find the waitress. Most reviews I've read say the portions are small, and I would agree and disagree. I happened to get very lucky and everything I ordered was appropriately sized and REALLY GOOD (try the rigatoni). I finished the night with a Chocolate Martini which was delicious (ask for the larger one that is $1 more than the smaller size which is advertised on the menu)!!

ATMOSPHERE:
The atmosphere is a bit different downstairs at the entrance than it is upstairs. Downstairs is the place to be seen and hang out with your friends. Everybody was pretty fashionable and I saw everything from nice jeans and sneakers to sports coats and casual dress pants. Upstairs the vibe is a bit more "sididity" for a lack of a better world. The crowd is mostly Caucasian (however I didn't feel uncomfortable, except for some stares, but hey--) and apparently the lounge/bar is big a gay hangout spot.

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★★★★☆

Well let me start by saying I went to Rocca on a Tuesday night around 9pm with reservations. I went to Rocca b/c my friend and I saw an episode of Phantom Gourmet and thought this restaurant would be nice for a birthday celebration.

FOOD:
We walked in and were immediately greeted by a nice hostess and promptly taken upstairs to be seated. Everybody was very nice; some so nice I wondered how much they were getting paid to so nice. Anyway, the waitress was very quick asking us if we wanted any drinks or appetizers, a little too quick. The appetizers took about 15 mins or so to come out, but were worth the wait (at least the mussels and the bread in the bucket were good). After the appetizers came she took our main orders and headed off. That was one of the last times she would stop by our table that night. I guess you don't have to be quick when you're serving a party bigger than 6 and the gratuity is already added in? The entrees took forever to come out (maybe 30- 45 minutes) and most of my party had run out of water and drinks by then, but we couldn't find the waitress. Most reviews I've read say the portions are small, and I would agree and disagree. I happened to get very lucky and everything I ordered was appropriately sized and REALLY GOOD (try the rigatoni). I finished the night with a Chocolate Martini which was delicious (ask for the larger one that is $1 more than the smaller size which is advertised on the menu)!!

ATMOSPHERE:
The atmosphere is a bit different downstairs at the entrance than it is upstairs. Downstairs is the place to be seen and hang out with your friends. Everybody was pretty fashionable and I saw everything from nice jeans and sneakers to sports coats and casual dress pants. Upstairs the vibe is a bit more "sididity" for a lack of a better world. The crowd is mostly Caucasian (however I didn't feel uncomfortable, except for some stares, but hey--) and apparently the lounge/bar is big a gay hangout spot.

Pros: good food, nice staff, FREE PARKING

Cons: slow service @ times, prices doesn't agree with portions

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I attended a birthday dinner for a very good friend tonight. We had a wonderful time. When my partner and I arrived about 7 minutes prior to reservation time, the hostess nicely showed us to the space for the party. The waiter seemed uncertain about what he should do with us before the host and the birthday boy arrived. Once others arrived be began taking drink orders and settled into a nice routine. All the cocktails were excellent and well prepared. We sampled a wide variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts. The sliders were very popular, the fried cauliflour was tasty, the olives were quickly polished off. The only item that was even questionable was the sunflower bread with eggplant caviar. It was not bad and not wonderful. Some ordered steaks, some ordered pastas, some ordered chicken or pizza. Everyone seemed very happy with their food. The polenta was ordered as a side and was fabulous. I like good polenta a lot and can't stand it when it's bad. This was VERY good. For dessert we ordered a number of sorbet sundaes and almond bark with chocolate. All those items were very good, too. The dessert for the birthday boy came out with a candle and we all sang to him with the waiter leading us. This was a very nice evening and I would return at almost any time. One final note; I am a vegetarian and there were plenty of items for me to eat.

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★★★★☆

I attended a birthday dinner for a very good friend tonight. We had a wonderful time. When my partner and I arrived about 7 minutes prior to reservation time, the hostess nicely showed us to the space for the party. The waiter seemed uncertain about what he should do with us before the host and the birthday boy arrived. Once others arrived be began taking drink orders and settled into a nice routine. All the cocktails were excellent and well prepared. We sampled a wide variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts. The sliders were very popular, the fried cauliflour was tasty, the olives were quickly polished off. The only item that was even questionable was the sunflower bread with eggplant caviar. It was not bad and not wonderful. Some ordered steaks, some ordered pastas, some ordered chicken or pizza. Everyone seemed very happy with their food. The polenta was ordered as a side and was fabulous. I like good polenta a lot and can't stand it when it's bad. This was VERY good. For dessert we ordered a number of sorbet sundaes and almond bark with chocolate. All those items were very good, too. The dessert for the birthday boy came out with a candle and we all sang to him with the waiter leading us. This was a very nice evening and I would return at almost any time. One final note; I am a vegetarian and there were plenty of items for me to eat.

Pros: Beautiful interior

Cons: Surrounding neighborhood needs improvement

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Went to Rocca on a Saturday night with another couple. We had an 8:45pm reservation and were not seated until 9:50! Normally this is forgivable if they provide good service and good for, however not so much. The apps were good (calamari and muscles) so things started off well, but then went down hill from there. My girlfriend said her pasta honestly tasted like it came from a can, my friend?s octopus was so overcooked she needed to take a sip of water after every bite just to get it down. the final 2 entrees were both the hangar steak which was tasty, but was like chewing on a piece of rubber.... this is when it got interesting! We very nicely voiced our displeasure with the waiter. And instead of apologizing like they normally would, he didn?t say a word! He just quickly and quietly cleared our plates and walked away.. Then moments later he passed by the table and just flung the check onto the table! Normally I am not one to complain but that got my steamed, so I went and asked to speak to a manager?. The Manager apologized, gave us a discount off the bill and then unprofessionally told us she just fired the waiter.. Which we all know didn?t happen.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went to Rocca on a Saturday night with another couple. We had an 8:45pm reservation and were not seated until 9:50! Normally this is forgivable if they provide good service and good for, however not so much. The apps were good (calamari and muscles) so things started off well, but then went down hill from there. My girlfriend said her pasta honestly tasted like it came from a can, my friend?s octopus was so overcooked she needed to take a sip of water after every bite just to get it down. the final 2 entrees were both the hangar steak which was tasty, but was like chewing on a piece of rubber.... this is when it got interesting! We very nicely voiced our displeasure with the waiter. And instead of apologizing like they normally would, he didn?t say a word! He just quickly and quietly cleared our plates and walked away.. Then moments later he passed by the table and just flung the check onto the table! Normally I am not one to complain but that got my steamed, so I went and asked to speak to a manager?. The Manager apologized, gave us a discount off the bill and then unprofessionally told us she just fired the waiter.. Which we all know didn?t happen.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: food, service

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I am from Boston, and went to Rocca with a group of 7 (all 26-33 years old) for a friends Birthday at 10PM on a Saturday night and did not have a good experience. The service was horrible, they ran out of bread so we didn't have any, and they also ran out of broccoli rabe. 3 people ordered the hanger steak, and the other 4 ordered the swordfish. When our entrees arrived, the steaks were luke warm/cold. The people that ordered the swordfish said it was not very good either. It's too bad, because it's a nice restaurant, with a pretty good bar and atmosphere. The only positive part of our evening was the free parking, but I will never eat at Rocca again, and recommend you choose somewhere else also!

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★☆☆☆☆

I am from Boston, and went to Rocca with a group of 7 (all 26-33 years old) for a friends Birthday at 10PM on a Saturday night and did not have a good experience. The service was horrible, they ran out of bread so we didn't have any, and they also ran out of broccoli rabe. 3 people ordered the hanger steak, and the other 4 ordered the swordfish. When our entrees arrived, the steaks were luke warm/cold. The people that ordered the swordfish said it was not very good either. It's too bad, because it's a nice restaurant, with a pretty good bar and atmosphere. The only positive part of our evening was the free parking, but I will never eat at Rocca again, and recommend you choose somewhere else also!

Pros: Free Parking

Cons: Bad Service, Cold Food, Ran out of food items (bread, broccoli)

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My wife and I went here last night for her birthday. It was great. The atmosphere is lively and upbeat. Our server enjoyed describing each dish almost as much as much as we enjoyed eating them. With so many options in the South End, we rarely revisit a restaurant but this time we will be back!!!

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★★★★★

My wife and I went here last night for her birthday. It was great. The atmosphere is lively and upbeat. Our server enjoyed describing each dish almost as much as much as we enjoyed eating them. With so many options in the South End, we rarely revisit a restaurant but this time we will be back!!!

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Horrible service- incompetent bar staff - unfriendly- note to the staff: If you hate working in a restaurant go do someting else. Rolling your eyes and making negative comments about other customers is puerile and unprofessional. If you are not happy with the South End clientel then take a job where your interaction is asking if you want to "superSize" that. You will make everyone more happy!

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★☆☆☆☆

Horrible service- incompetent bar staff - unfriendly- note to the staff: If you hate working in a restaurant go do someting else. Rolling your eyes and making negative comments about other customers is puerile and unprofessional. If you are not happy with the South End clientel then take a job where your interaction is asking if you want to "superSize" that. You will make everyone more happy!

Pros: free parking

Cons: see the comments

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We went over the summer; sitting outside is great but also sitting inside is neat -- it has a fresh look;

the sliders are great for an appetizer, and the chicken was solid. The menu i would say is a good value, it's not too pricey.

decent wine menu; would recommend it, its a trendy place in the south end.

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★★★★☆

We went over the summer; sitting outside is great but also sitting inside is neat -- it has a fresh look;

the sliders are great for an appetizer, and the chicken was solid. The menu i would say is a good value, it's not too pricey.

decent wine menu; would recommend it, its a trendy place in the south end.

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LAst weekend was my first experience at Rocca. After seeing it on the Phantom Gourmet, I was very excited to eat there! I planned a night out with my girlfriends and Rocca was the beginning of our Boston adventure. April, who was very accomodating, sat us in the lounge, making it a perfect atmosphere for my girlfriends and I! A server came over to our table immediately and gave advice on their specialites. I thought she was going to be great!! My predictions were unfortunately way off!! When my girlfriends asked to have seperate checks( 8 girls on one check and 8 girls on the other check) she said, "the kitchen will get all confused if I do it like that! So I will have to divide it at the end" That was ok with all of us, there was a large number of us and asking for 2 separate checks, I didnt think was a big deal; especially since we all told her BEFORE we even ordered. ALso, I told the hosteess when I made the reservations 4 days in advance that we would do that. She assured me that that wasnt a problem! While ordering, most of us ordered multiple apps and salads for our entrees. The waitress asked us what our entree was going to be. When someone said, that they were just having the apps for dinner, she sighed loudly and rolled her eyes! She made us feel uncomfortable! Also, it was my girlfriends, bday. We asked the hostess for a cake with a candle in it for dessert. She again said"yes!" Well everyone's dessert came out and no cake!! ABout 10 minutes later, our waitress came over and dropped 2 scoops of ice cream with no candle and said " its on the house!" No happy birthday, candle, or cake!! Well to top it all off, we got the bill! She spilt it, but it was all mixed up! Some people's food on one, and drinks on the other, etc! I always leave extra gratuity other than the one included!! Well this time was the opposite! I wish I could have taken it all back! I was embarrassed by her actions. My 16 girlfriends and I will not be returning.

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★★☆☆☆

LAst weekend was my first experience at Rocca. After seeing it on the Phantom Gourmet, I was very excited to eat there! I planned a night out with my girlfriends and Rocca was the beginning of our Boston adventure. April, who was very accomodating, sat us in the lounge, making it a perfect atmosphere for my girlfriends and I! A server came over to our table immediately and gave advice on their specialites. I thought she was going to be great!! My predictions were unfortunately way off!! When my girlfriends asked to have seperate checks( 8 girls on one check and 8 girls on the other check) she said, "the kitchen will get all confused if I do it like that! So I will have to divide it at the end" That was ok with all of us, there was a large number of us and asking for 2 separate checks, I didnt think was a big deal; especially since we all told her BEFORE we even ordered. ALso, I told the hosteess when I made the reservations 4 days in advance that we would do that. She assured me that that wasnt a problem! While ordering, most of us ordered multiple apps and salads for our entrees. The waitress asked us what our entree was going to be. When someone said, that they were just having the apps for dinner, she sighed loudly and rolled her eyes! She made us feel uncomfortable! Also, it was my girlfriends, bday. We asked the hostess for a cake with a candle in it for dessert. She again said"yes!" Well everyone's dessert came out and no cake!! ABout 10 minutes later, our waitress came over and dropped 2 scoops of ice cream with no candle and said " its on the house!" No happy birthday, candle, or cake!! Well to top it all off, we got the bill! She spilt it, but it was all mixed up! Some people's food on one, and drinks on the other, etc! I always leave extra gratuity other than the one included!! Well this time was the opposite! I wish I could have taken it all back! I was embarrassed by her actions. My 16 girlfriends and I will not be returning.

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I visited Rocca with a group of 16 for a special night out and was so disappointed. The food was excellent but truly was not appreciated since the service was so horrible. The timing of our food was terrible. Half of our table got their food 20 min before the other half and all food was served at once..appetizers and entrees covered the table. I asked a hostess if they could do something special for someones birthday in our party and she said they would do a small chocolate dessert with a candle. Sounded perfect except they never told the waitress and our birthday guest ordered her own dessert. When I talked to the waitress about it she said "theres no communication in this restaurant" and stormed off. 10 minutes later she came from the kitchen with 2 small scoops of ice cream and placed it in front of my guest and said "this is free!"
To sum it up, as a fellow restaurat owner I was embarassed for them. They should be ashamed of service like this. Our bill was nearly $700 and of course the gratuity was added on top, maybe this was why she was so careless. I will never visit this restaurant again nor will I ever recommend it. We were brushed off with a laugh when we tried to talk to someone on our way out. Maybe if they had taken some time to professionally deal with the mistakes they could have kept some customers. Too bad..such a beautiful place and a talented chef!

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★☆☆☆☆

I visited Rocca with a group of 16 for a special night out and was so disappointed. The food was excellent but truly was not appreciated since the service was so horrible. The timing of our food was terrible. Half of our table got their food 20 min before the other half and all food was served at once..appetizers and entrees covered the table. I asked a hostess if they could do something special for someones birthday in our party and she said they would do a small chocolate dessert with a candle. Sounded perfect except they never told the waitress and our birthday guest ordered her own dessert. When I talked to the waitress about it she said "theres no communication in this restaurant" and stormed off. 10 minutes later she came from the kitchen with 2 small scoops of ice cream and placed it in front of my guest and said "this is free!"
To sum it up, as a fellow restaurat owner I was embarassed for them. They should be ashamed of service like this. Our bill was nearly $700 and of course the gratuity was added on top, maybe this was why she was so careless. I will never visit this restaurant again nor will I ever recommend it. We were brushed off with a laugh when we tried to talk to someone on our way out. Maybe if they had taken some time to professionally deal with the mistakes they could have kept some customers. Too bad..such a beautiful place and a talented chef!

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If you want the Sorellina experience without the attitude, then this is the place to come. It is on two levels which makes it seem more intimate. The staff is friendly , cheerful and helpful. When you enter there is a nice bar with some couches..so the whole first impression is one of comfort. The upstairs dining room is spacious and has nice , large windows. The booths are great , and there is a second bar on this floor . The food is broken into different catagories.. tastes, appetizers , pasta and main courses. I went with a large group, so we got to sample a wide array of courses. The pasta was varied and makes a great second course. Main courses were all well prepared, but the whole fish is a standout... and something you rarely see done these days and alone is a reason to come here. The Ligurian seafood stew was also a big surprise. The veal milanese was greasy ( yes ,Sorellina does it better) . Wine list is all Italian , but very affordable with many good bottles. Desserts are quite good...apple crostada was excellent. And to top it all off...there is complimentary parking in a lot right outside.

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★★★★☆

If you want the Sorellina experience without the attitude, then this is the place to come. It is on two levels which makes it seem more intimate. The staff is friendly , cheerful and helpful. When you enter there is a nice bar with some couches..so the whole first impression is one of comfort. The upstairs dining room is spacious and has nice , large windows. The booths are great , and there is a second bar on this floor . The food is broken into different catagories.. tastes, appetizers , pasta and main courses. I went with a large group, so we got to sample a wide array of courses. The pasta was varied and makes a great second course. Main courses were all well prepared, but the whole fish is a standout... and something you rarely see done these days and alone is a reason to come here. The Ligurian seafood stew was also a big surprise. The veal milanese was greasy ( yes ,Sorellina does it better) . Wine list is all Italian , but very affordable with many good bottles. Desserts are quite good...apple crostada was excellent. And to top it all off...there is complimentary parking in a lot right outside.

Pros: Great food, friendly staff....and free parking!!!!!!!!

Cons: none

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I was thoroughly disappointed in my dining experience at Rocca. After checking in at the host stand I headed to the bar to have a drink while waiting for my table to become available. A rude man tapped me on the shoulder and told me I could eat outside now or wait to eat inside. When I asked how long I would have to wait for inside he shot back at me "however long she told you when you got here." I let him know that she told me it would be 15 minutes and 10 minutes had already passed. He snapped back "no, 30." When I turned to ask my friend if he wanted to wait or not the host grabbed my shoulder and demanded "outside now or what?" After letting him know I wanted to discuss the situation with my friend I turned to let him know we would just take the table outside now, only the host was across the restaurant. We chased him down and he brought us to a table outside.

We ordered and the waiter seemed fine, we were looking forward to a nice dinner. Apps came, not impressed. We waited for our entrees. Everyone around us was served. We waited some more. Everyone around us got their desserts. We waited some more. Finally our food came. It was alright, I give the food 2.5 stars. Our wine never came and at this point we didn't want it. We got the check and of course the wine was on it. When I asked the waiter to remove it he answered me with "I could have sworn I saw it on the table!" No, you didn't.

Long story short - average food, rude host man, useless waiter. Dont waste your time.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was thoroughly disappointed in my dining experience at Rocca. After checking in at the host stand I headed to the bar to have a drink while waiting for my table to become available. A rude man tapped me on the shoulder and told me I could eat outside now or wait to eat inside. When I asked how long I would have to wait for inside he shot back at me "however long she told you when you got here." I let him know that she told me it would be 15 minutes and 10 minutes had already passed. He snapped back "no, 30." When I turned to ask my friend if he wanted to wait or not the host grabbed my shoulder and demanded "outside now or what?" After letting him know I wanted to discuss the situation with my friend I turned to let him know we would just take the table outside now, only the host was across the restaurant. We chased him down and he brought us to a table outside.

We ordered and the waiter seemed fine, we were looking forward to a nice dinner. Apps came, not impressed. We waited for our entrees. Everyone around us was served. We waited some more. Everyone around us got their desserts. We waited some more. Finally our food came. It was alright, I give the food 2.5 stars. Our wine never came and at this point we didn't want it. We got the check and of course the wine was on it. When I asked the waiter to remove it he answered me with "I could have sworn I saw it on the table!" No, you didn't.

Long story short - average food, rude host man, useless waiter. Dont waste your time.

Cons: Nasty people working there.

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I had steak the others all had pasta dishes. My meal took longer to eat since it was steak. All of the dishes were cleared away while I sat there still eating. The waiter came over while I was still eating to get the dessert order. Hopefully it was an off night bc/ the food was very good and hopefully we were not being rushed out because we were not drinking alcohol to drive up the price of the bill.

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★★★☆☆

I had steak the others all had pasta dishes. My meal took longer to eat since it was steak. All of the dishes were cleared away while I sat there still eating. The waiter came over while I was still eating to get the dessert order. Hopefully it was an off night bc/ the food was very good and hopefully we were not being rushed out because we were not drinking alcohol to drive up the price of the bill.

Pros: food, parking

Cons: Service

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It is hard to make bad italian, but they do. We were an easy manageable party of 6: scampi overcooked were chewy, pasta dishes were tasteless, and a pasta stew served in a skillet had probably been baked and reheated 10 times as it was more a dough than pasta with sauce.
The service was worse: pushy at the bar as a waitress came 4 times to push for an order as we were waiting 12 minutes before sitting at our table, disorganised as I had no plate for first course when the rest of the party was eating, and then I got first course and entree at the same time.

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★☆☆☆☆

It is hard to make bad italian, but they do. We were an easy manageable party of 6: scampi overcooked were chewy, pasta dishes were tasteless, and a pasta stew served in a skillet had probably been baked and reheated 10 times as it was more a dough than pasta with sauce.
The service was worse: pushy at the bar as a waitress came 4 times to push for an order as we were waiting 12 minutes before sitting at our table, disorganised as I had no plate for first course when the rest of the party was eating, and then I got first course and entree at the same time.

Pros: parking

Cons: food and service

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It was our friend's Birthday. We took him out for a nice memorable meal. At least that's what I was aiming for. It was a new restaurant with a parking lot in Backbay. I thought hey what could go wrong. We have made a reservation in advance but still the hostess had us waited for an hour at the bar before we got a seat. After we got seated, the waiter seems nice enough but the only problem is he know nothing about the menu. He answered, " Sorry, I do not know what it is because I just started working here only a month". That's wasn't helpful. We waited another hour between appertizer and main courses. And Yes!it was Tuesday night!!! I can't really imagine it was that busy in the kitchen. Anyway, the portion is rather dissapointing along with the tasted. I was starving after the meal. The whole time I was thinking about going somewhere afterwards for my real dinner. In summary, it's poor serviced, overpriced and a wasted of time.

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★☆☆☆☆

It was our friend's Birthday. We took him out for a nice memorable meal. At least that's what I was aiming for. It was a new restaurant with a parking lot in Backbay. I thought hey what could go wrong. We have made a reservation in advance but still the hostess had us waited for an hour at the bar before we got a seat. After we got seated, the waiter seems nice enough but the only problem is he know nothing about the menu. He answered, " Sorry, I do not know what it is because I just started working here only a month". That's wasn't helpful. We waited another hour between appertizer and main courses. And Yes!it was Tuesday night!!! I can't really imagine it was that busy in the kitchen. Anyway, the portion is rather dissapointing along with the tasted. I was starving after the meal. The whole time I was thinking about going somewhere afterwards for my real dinner. In summary, it's poor serviced, overpriced and a wasted of time.

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This was my third dinner...the first was great...a week or two after they opened...the second one was not quite as good..but still good enough to go back. Last nights dinner was a disappointment. It was OK. Not good enough that I would go back. My companions comment was either have appetizers or dont' ..but the tastings are a gimmick that cost $$ and its about two bites. She went home hungry after ordering a pasta as an entree. I understand the Euro portions...but then have an app size and an entree size for those that eat Pasta solo. Also wait staff needs some training...they're ok..but no professional. I hope that things pick up. I also noticed Michaela absent last night...perhaps thats why the food was not up to par.

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★★★☆☆

This was my third dinner...the first was great...a week or two after they opened...the second one was not quite as good..but still good enough to go back. Last nights dinner was a disappointment. It was OK. Not good enough that I would go back. My companions comment was either have appetizers or dont' ..but the tastings are a gimmick that cost $$ and its about two bites. She went home hungry after ordering a pasta as an entree. I understand the Euro portions...but then have an app size and an entree size for those that eat Pasta solo. Also wait staff needs some training...they're ok..but no professional. I hope that things pick up. I also noticed Michaela absent last night...perhaps thats why the food was not up to par.

Pros: Comfortable bar and dining space.

Cons: food average...wait staff needs training.

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Would have loved a great restaurant in the area, but unfortunately we did not get that. The food was disappointing. Much better places in the area just a few blocks away. Not to mention the rip off on the valet parking (which parks your car 20 yards away).

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★★☆☆☆

Would have loved a great restaurant in the area, but unfortunately we did not get that. The food was disappointing. Much better places in the area just a few blocks away. Not to mention the rip off on the valet parking (which parks your car 20 yards away).

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Living almost directly across from Rocca, I was excited to the new restaurant go in on Harrison. There was a lot of excitement around this place and opening party seemed quite impressive watching it from my locale.

As I entered the restaurant with a friend, I was quite impressed with the interior decor and and layout. The bar area was very inviting and staff attentive.

We arrived for a 6:45 reservation right on time and the hostess asked us to wait it the bar until our table was ready. 20 minutes later she brought us upstairs to a half empty restaurant. I didn't like the fact that they tried to steer us into having a drink before dinner.

Service: I've seen a lot of comments about the service on this blog. Our waiter was actually quite good, informed and very attentive. Water was always full and managers constantly greeting customers.

Atmosphere: Layout interesting, relaxed and inviting. Spacious well appointed with comfortable seats comfortable good lighting. Above all, as the restaurant filled up, it wasn?t too noisy.

The food was very good. We split a slider and a Trofie pasta. Both were very good, but the portions extremely small. At first I thought they had split the pasta so we could both have a taste. I was wrong. I then had the Veal Involtini. Very tasty, but again it was one piece of veal. Appetizers in most restaurants are larger then their entrees. Yes, the prices are average for the South End, but you need to consider the snack you need after you leave the restaurant. No value here.

Overall, it wasn't a bad experience, but I was disappointed.

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★★★☆☆

Living almost directly across from Rocca, I was excited to the new restaurant go in on Harrison. There was a lot of excitement around this place and opening party seemed quite impressive watching it from my locale.

As I entered the restaurant with a friend, I was quite impressed with the interior decor and and layout. The bar area was very inviting and staff attentive.

We arrived for a 6:45 reservation right on time and the hostess asked us to wait it the bar until our table was ready. 20 minutes later she brought us upstairs to a half empty restaurant. I didn't like the fact that they tried to steer us into having a drink before dinner.

Service: I've seen a lot of comments about the service on this blog. Our waiter was actually quite good, informed and very attentive. Water was always full and managers constantly greeting customers.

Atmosphere: Layout interesting, relaxed and inviting. Spacious well appointed with comfortable seats comfortable good lighting. Above all, as the restaurant filled up, it wasn?t too noisy.

The food was very good. We split a slider and a Trofie pasta. Both were very good, but the portions extremely small. At first I thought they had split the pasta so we could both have a taste. I was wrong. I then had the Veal Involtini. Very tasty, but again it was one piece of veal. Appetizers in most restaurants are larger then their entrees. Yes, the prices are average for the South End, but you need to consider the snack you need after you leave the restaurant. No value here.

Overall, it wasn't a bad experience, but I was disappointed.

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Okay, I was so excited to try the place...it's not really South End - more SoWa, but who's counting. The bar is beautiful and if it had been warmer out, we surely would have tried the patio. Drinks were potent enough that the waitress had to fix them a little, but she was great about it. Waitstaff was great, to the point that you wonder if people have been complaining about the service. The disappointing side of things was that the food was just okay. Our group shared the antipasti as well as two pasta dishes (the rabbit one and the shrimp one) and the stuffed veal entree. Nothing was bad, but nothing left us dying for more; we decided to leave and considered dessert elsewhere. There's hope, but for the prices and portions, there are better places in the area right now.

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★★★☆☆

Okay, I was so excited to try the place...it's not really South End - more SoWa, but who's counting. The bar is beautiful and if it had been warmer out, we surely would have tried the patio. Drinks were potent enough that the waitress had to fix them a little, but she was great about it. Waitstaff was great, to the point that you wonder if people have been complaining about the service. The disappointing side of things was that the food was just okay. Our group shared the antipasti as well as two pasta dishes (the rabbit one and the shrimp one) and the stuffed veal entree. Nothing was bad, but nothing left us dying for more; we decided to leave and considered dessert elsewhere. There's hope, but for the prices and portions, there are better places in the area right now.

Pros: service, decor, atmosphere

Cons: average food

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The restaurant is very large, 3 floors and an outdoor area. The outdoor seating is secluded so unlike a lot of outdoor seating in the city which is on busy streets, you are off the street surrounded by nice landscaping so you don't feel like you're in the city. The food was delicious. They serve focaccia with oil at the table and we had a meatball slider appetizer (the best meatball I've ever had) and 3 pasta dishes, all of which were excellent. (The pasta dishes are small so they are not designed to be an entree alone, you would need to get an appetizer in addition to the pasta or share a second pasta between 2 people). The flourless chocolate cake dessert was okay, not great. The house wine, both white and red was not only excellent, but at $6 for almost 2 glasses, you can't beat it. I would highly recommend it. The service was okay, not great, but the food and wine made up for it!

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★★★★★

The restaurant is very large, 3 floors and an outdoor area. The outdoor seating is secluded so unlike a lot of outdoor seating in the city which is on busy streets, you are off the street surrounded by nice landscaping so you don't feel like you're in the city. The food was delicious. They serve focaccia with oil at the table and we had a meatball slider appetizer (the best meatball I've ever had) and 3 pasta dishes, all of which were excellent. (The pasta dishes are small so they are not designed to be an entree alone, you would need to get an appetizer in addition to the pasta or share a second pasta between 2 people). The flourless chocolate cake dessert was okay, not great. The house wine, both white and red was not only excellent, but at $6 for almost 2 glasses, you can't beat it. I would highly recommend it. The service was okay, not great, but the food and wine made up for it!

Pros: house wine and food!

Cons: service

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We went there on the second Saturday since it opened and found the service to be quite good and the food to be excellent. The portions are European-sized, i.e. designed so you can have pasta as an appetizer rather than a main course, but for the quality of the food the prices are quite reasonable. The wine list is 100% Italian . We weren't familiar with a lot of them and neither was our waiter, but the manager came over and had some excellent suggestions. It turns out he had personally traveled through Italy and picked all the wines and he seemed to know what he was talking about.

We had the Veal-Stuffed Zucchini with fresh tomato sauce ($7) and the Spring Green Panzotti ($14) - raviolli with tha walnut sauce.

For the main course we had the whole fish ($24). It really is a whole fish - head, skin, and bones, but it was moist and flavorful.

If you like dark chocolate be sure to try the Smashed Almond Bark ($7) for dessert.

We were there for about 2 hours for the entire experience. This is not a place where you can rush in and out in time to see a movie, but a fun place where the staff takes care to make and serve a proper meal. The staff seem to enjoy their work and are eager to share their knowledge.

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★★★★★

We went there on the second Saturday since it opened and found the service to be quite good and the food to be excellent. The portions are European-sized, i.e. designed so you can have pasta as an appetizer rather than a main course, but for the quality of the food the prices are quite reasonable. The wine list is 100% Italian . We weren't familiar with a lot of them and neither was our waiter, but the manager came over and had some excellent suggestions. It turns out he had personally traveled through Italy and picked all the wines and he seemed to know what he was talking about.

We had the Veal-Stuffed Zucchini with fresh tomato sauce ($7) and the Spring Green Panzotti ($14) - raviolli with tha walnut sauce.

For the main course we had the whole fish ($24). It really is a whole fish - head, skin, and bones, but it was moist and flavorful.

If you like dark chocolate be sure to try the Smashed Almond Bark ($7) for dessert.

We were there for about 2 hours for the entire experience. This is not a place where you can rush in and out in time to see a movie, but a fun place where the staff takes care to make and serve a proper meal. The staff seem to enjoy their work and are eager to share their knowledge.

Pros: Creative Food, Fun Atmosphere, Attractive Decor, Cheap Parking

Cons: reserve a week in advance for a Saturday night

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Exteremely slow service. Took an hour to get salads and then another hour before we got our entrees. Sometimes that is okay if the food is memorable, good bread to nibble over, water glasses filled, and a sense of service, but there was none of that. The salads were bag lettuce with light dressing, plain. The entree fish was well cooked but with no sides and a bit too much oil. The pasta was average and extremely small. Fighting over the bones was also a hassle. We didn't order dessert because we didn't have anymore time. We ran into a fellow dinner at the 7-11 around the corner buying food. He recognized us and said this was not a good sign, leaving a restaurant to get food at the 7-1 because you are still hungry.

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★★☆☆☆

Exteremely slow service. Took an hour to get salads and then another hour before we got our entrees. Sometimes that is okay if the food is memorable, good bread to nibble over, water glasses filled, and a sense of service, but there was none of that. The salads were bag lettuce with light dressing, plain. The entree fish was well cooked but with no sides and a bit too much oil. The pasta was average and extremely small. Fighting over the bones was also a hassle. We didn't order dessert because we didn't have anymore time. We ran into a fellow dinner at the 7-11 around the corner buying food. He recognized us and said this was not a good sign, leaving a restaurant to get food at the 7-1 because you are still hungry.

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