Rocco's Italian Grille offers monthly menus featuring regions of Italy
I met some friends for dinner at Rocco's recently and was stunned by the lack of business the place had. There were three, maybe four occupied tables, and the restaurant was very quiet. It was 7:30 on a Friday night.
Now, I know that times are tough and a lot of restaurants are hurting for business. But I also know a lot of people are still going out to eat. And, quite amazingly, many of those people choose to eat at restaurants of questionable quality and spotty consistency.
Rocco's quality is excellent, and the consistency is reliable. So I'm stumped as to why it was so empty.
But Rocco's is trying to drum up business by offering monthly menus featuring the regions of Italy. This month it's Campania, the home of Naples.So you've got braised calamari and other seafood specialties of the seaside area.
Rocco's was my choice for Best Italian restaurant in last year's Foodie Awards. It's still award worthy. And if you're looking for good quality Italian food, you should think about dining at Rocco's. At least you'll have a nice quiet meal.
Here's the November menu:
Rocco’s Italian Grille & Bar-Winter Park
Regional Menu-Nov. 2008
TOTANI ALLA BELLA NAPOLI
Braised calamari in a white wine tomato sauce in the style of beautiful Naples
CALZONCINI DEL VOMERO
Mini calzone filled with ricotta cheese, Italian style ham and fresh basil served with marinara sauce $7.00
RIGATONI ALLE COZZE
Rigatoni pasta tossed with mussels in a light tomato wine sauce $19.00
CERNIA IN AQUA PAZZA
Fresh fillet of grouper braised with fresh tomatoes, herbs, garlic, distilled water and white wine $26.00
SCALLOPINE DI VITELLO ALLA PIZZAIOLA
Veal scaloppini sautéed with a garlic, oregano and parsley light tomato sauce $24.00
Traditional dessert from the region of Campania