We met Shruti and Ekta for a pretty nice lunch at Bocca Bocca on Friday but forgot our camera! Ugh, you have no idea how mad I was at myself. I think I went a little crazy, tried not to sulk too publicly, and then decided to try some pics with my cell phone. So, the pics are fuzzy but I guess better than nothing.

Bocca has a two course lunch deal for $19.95, an appetizer and a main. Lon started with a salad with grilled calamari, slightly fishy but cooked nicely. I started with Veal meatballs with truffle pecorino on top. We all thought it tasted like cheap provolone and would’ve been better without the cheese (OMG, did I just say that?). The meat was tender but didn’t have much flavor. Luckily, it sat in a pool of very rich and flavorful gravy/jus that we sopped up with bread.

Lon had the Capricci: Spiral Setaro Pasta with Sweet Sausage. Lon enjoyed this dish a lot but it was so incredibly heavy and salty, I couldn’t have eaten more than two bites in the same sitting.

Setaro spiral pasta with Sweet Sausage 2

The shape of the pasta made it more fun.

Setaro spiral pasta

I chose the Linguine, also using the Setaro pasta, which is very good. The tomato sauce was also excellent, but they committed one of our pet peeves, lying on the menu! It says P.E.I. mussels and these were clearly not. Not only that, they were over-cooked, dried out completely, and Lon commented when I was done eating…”you’ve never left seafood on your plate before”.

Setaro Linguine with Mussels

Shruti and Ekta both ordered the Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe, home made pasta tossed tableside with pecorino romano and black pepper. We agreed that this was the winner, both for the superior texture of the fresh pasta and for the balance of the flavor.

Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe

Because the portions were large, it’s a good lunch price (the meal also starts with fresh bread and tomato/oil sauce). The meal is up and down though and incredibly heavy (Lon and I had to go home and nap). I’m on the fence about this one…
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