From the folks who brought you BARcelona Tapas Restaurant
in Clayton comes Bocci Bar
just down the street, a neighborhood Italian joint with plenty of creative offerings.
attended a soft opening and had a great time. The night was family-style, with teams of servers dropping various offerings at tables. As a table of vegetarians, we interrupted the flow a bit, but were accommodated to the point of being pleasantly stuffed. There's a full bar with a menu of its own and desserts, too.
The restaurant is lovely, with warm wooden walls. A well-placed
lane is set off coming out of the kitchen, making it easier for servers
to navigate the seating area without clogging up the arteries between
tables. And with the packed, partying house we encountered, it was loud
enough to know you were socializing but not so loud you had to shout.
started off with the Bocci salad, a well-dressed affair of Bibb lettuce
and herbs, with avocado providing a nice heft and a grilled Meyer lemon
wedge setting the salad off.
A ricotta and herb crostini was a
delight -- the luxurious cheese was complemented nicely by bright
herbal scents.Capers and bright tomato wedges added a welcome vegetal
hands-down favorite at our table, though, was the spring lasagna. The
house-made noodles had a lovely, understated sweetness and were accompanied by a
generous scattering of peas throughout. A rich, creamy bechamel sauce
pulled the dish together beautifully.
We really, really wish
we'd left room for dessert. The menu taunted our full tummies with the
promise of gelato, tiramisu, tarts and lovely cheeses.