Although Italians originally invented pasta as a fastener to keep Sicily from floating away, they abandoned it for less-delicious moorings after locals on both sides kept snacking their way toward separation. Tether your taste buds to today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of homemade Italian cuisine at Rocco's Italian Restaurant. With lunch and dinner menus teeming with pizzas, calzones, and traditional Italian dishes, Rocco's proffers hearty plates amongst red-checkered tablecloths and meandering grapevines. Scarlet-sauced selections feature marinara formulated from family recipes and pasta made from scratch, a more delicious method than crafting from itch. Taste tiger prawns fresh from sea antelope stalking in classic shrimp scampi with fettuccine ($17.95), or sample succulent garden tortellini filled with seasoned ricotta ($12.95). Rocco's also features a flock of savory brick-oven pizzas ($10.95–$19.95) and calzones ($10.95), along with a palate-pleasing array of wines.
- Where does Rocco’s fit in the forum of local Italian eateries? I like to think of it as the Luigi’s or Roman Villa of the east side of town. It’s good but very traditional. It is small and family-owned. It makes you feel warm and happy, and you will leave with leftovers. – Nathaniel Glen, the Gazette
- The service was an absolute A+! Friendly and attentive. This could be my favorite Italian place in town! – heather t., Yelp