The OLD ROCCO Sign
Before CARBONE was PASTED Over It ! ???
The traditional Italian restaurant Rocco in Greenwich Village has closed due to “greedy landlords,” as Rocco’s owner Antonio DaSilva says on the now-defunct restaurant’s voice greeting.
The Good Old Days
Shortly Before They Closed
After 89 Years in Business
“So SAD” !
PASTED OVER THE OLD ROCCO SIGN
“The BEST VEAL in The CITY”
Noel Quoting lines from The GODFATHER
At the old ROCCO’S RESTAURANT
Greenwich Village , New York
I ate at Rocco’s a number of times over the years. It was a great little Old School New York Italian Red Sauce Joint as they say. Nothing fancy, just good solid Italian Cusine the way we like it New York and the NY Metro Area, including New Jersey, Conn., and Philly. Rocco’s menu was classic old school Italian-American Red Sauce fare with such items as ; Baked Clams Oreganata, Insalata Caprese, Spaghetti with Clam Sauce, Lasagna, Manicotti, Veal Saltimbocca, Picata and all the usual suspects you’d get in a your classic old school New York Italian restaurant.
We had a lot of good times over the years as I did with my sister Barbara , brother-in-law Noel and I had on this day when we made the above video. We drank Frascati Roman wine, had antipasto of fried Calamari, pasta, Ravioli, Rabbit, Veal, dessert and coffee, and we had a great time BSing and joking around as my brother-in-law Noel quoted lines from the Godfather movie saying, “Get The Veal it’s the Best in the City,” Frankie Pentagelli saying, #Cheechee break-out the Sausage and Peppers,” and his own line, “Wish I had a Pinky Ring,” which really cracked me up and my sister Barbara up.
Yes we had a really great time that day, as we did many times at Rocco’s before they sadly lost their lease and the much more expensive Carbone opened to great fanfare, mixed reviews and with much more expensive food than in the former space of Rocco’s with a $56 Veal Parm.
Every big food publication wanted to wrote and review as they did, and with one food writer from New York Magazine coming up with the great idea of bringing a couple Italian-American Grandmothers (Nonnas) with him to get the take and critique of the restaurant. Guess what? The Italian Grandmothers didn’t really care for it and had a number of criticisms.
Carbone is OK, and though they try to say they are in the Old School Italian Red Sauce tradition, “they are not.” You can’t be with a $56 Veal Parm.
We miss Rocco’s, Joe’s, and especially Gino’s, we really do.
MANGIA ITALAINO !
“And The OLD ROCCO SIGN”
MEMORIES of ITALIAN FOOD
In Both !
Comments on Jerimiah’s Vanishing New York
Lamenting the old ROCCO’S
Days Gone BY
Learn How to Make
SINATRA SUNDAY SAUCE
BRACIOLE all DiMAGGIO
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