Rocca in the South End

I’ve been meaning to post about Rocca for a while now. Rocca opened around the end of summer 2007, but I went there for the first time about a month and a half ago not knowing anything about it. It turns out I agreed with quite a bit of the Boston Globe‘s review (including the astute observation that “In the South End, do not underestimate the power of the [parking] lot. Barring outright badness, this convenience ensures Rocca’s success.”). Anyway, it seems not much has changed in the year since it’s been open. In general the appetizers I had were so-so. The farinata (“chickpea flatbread with mushrooms, caramelized onions & sage”) was both overly salty and overly greasy. The fried cauliflower had none of the lightness of a good tempura and was also overly salty. The pastas we had fared better, including the potato gnocchi with mushrooms and the butternut squash pasta (a special, I believe). A enjoyed his hanger steak (a special?), but otherwise we were left unimpressed with both the food and the less-than-average service. (And it looks like the yelpers agree too.) The trip did remind me that it’s been too long since I’ve gone out to relatively new restaurants, so I’ll be trying to make more of a point to do so in the near future.

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