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This Italian restaurant serves Roman-inspired cuisine such as slow-roasted porchetta and a signature pasta served in a giant wheel of cheese

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Believers in the maxim "go big or go home" will surely appreciate Bocca's tonnarelli cacio e pepe. It sounds like a simple enough dish—house-made noodles tossed with pecorino cheese and cracked black pepper—but when it arrives from the kitchen, its true majesty is revealed: it's served in the hollowed out center of a giant wheel of cheese.

The dish's plating—or more accurately, its cheese-wheeling—is just one of many things worth getting excited about at this Italian eatery. Others include:

The chef's philosophy

Chef James Corona is a fan of both local produce from the Union Square Green Market and Italian imports. He's picky with his imported delicacies, though, using only ones adorned with a DOP seal. (That means they were made in Italy, in accordance with long-standing tradition.)

The dining room

Diners sit upon tufted leather booths in the hardwood-floored space, where the walls are studded with Italian movie posters. The lighting just might be the best part, though, suffusing every meal with a golden glow.

The food that isn't served in a cheese wheel

Bocca's other Italian plates may not be as physically imposing, but they're just as sumptuous, ranging from roasted bone marrow with white anchovies to slow-roasted porchetta, served over sautéed broccoli rabe. Of course, like any Italian restaurant worth its weight in cheese wheels, Bocca boasts a lengthy Italian wine list in addition to a menu of inspired cocktails ranging from a cool basil gimlet to a fiery concoction of house-infused chili tequila and crème de cassis.

Customer Reviews

Great food and great service
David M. · March 27, 2016
Very good food Excellent and caring service The cod is terrific
Burton N. · October 5, 2015
Excellent service and food. Reservation held despite high demand. Highly recommended!!
David S. · October 5, 2015

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