Friday, September 13, 2013


I can't believe that I haven't yet offered a promotion for Boconni located at 363 Essex Street.  My family and I are regulars, we generally visit Boconni three to four times a month.  I have even used Boconni for catering an eighty person party.

The parking is tight, you may have to park on the street.  They do have outdoor seating, though it is not advisable.  I sat outside once this summer and the constant flow of police cars and ambulances did not make for an enjoyable outdoor experience.  Upon arrival Frank, one of the owners, will greet you with a smile and a warm welcome.  The atmosphere is casual, that of your friendly neighborhood restaurant.  Whether looking for a quick bite after a long day at work, or going out with friends, Bocconi is a great option.  The tab won't set you back too far either, a dinner out for two, with an appetizer, can easily be done under $50.  Note this restaurant is BYOB.

While Frank works the dining room, his partner, Marco, works magic in the kitchen.  We started with the "Green Salad" which is a mix of greens and romaine covered in apples, walnuts, and gorgonzola cheese.  The salad is covered in a thick balsamic vinaigrette. 

As a creature of habit, I generally either order the Cavatelli with sausage and broccoli rabe, or the Seafood Risotto in a red sauce.  Tonight I had the Seafood Risotto.  As you see below, the servings are a generous helping of Risotto, and the sauce has a slight spiciness.  The plate is filled with a mix of clams, mussels, shrimp, and tonight as a special lobster--there is no complaint over the generous helpings.

The Grey Sole Oreganata is a helping of sole and shrimp lightly breaded and served in a delicious lemon butter sauce, not too thick and not runny.  The dish is served with steamed broccoli, carrots, and potato wedges.

The Wild Salmon is served with grilled grape tomatoes and a heaping pile of steamed garlic spinach, in the perfect amount of oil.  

We didn't have dessert on this trip, but the Homemade Tiramisu is a crowd favorite.  All in all, whether as a go-to quick meal out when you don't feel like cooking, or a weekend destination--Bocconi is a local favorite.  And it even got the Nana E two thumbs up!

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