Published November 28, 2012
Hog Jowls and Negroni Flights on Harrison
Such a beautiful country.
The sexy brunettes. The long, pasta-rich dinners. The Armani outfits on the police force.
But you don’t live in Italy. You live in Boston. So you’ll go here...
Say forza Italia
, the gorgeous new Romanesque incarnation of the old
Rocca space on Harrison Avenue, opening Friday.
This is a sexy, 220-seat cavern of natural
wood, vintage Italian aperitif mirrors
and floor-to-ceiling windows, brought to you by the
Aquitaine/Gaslight people (no slouches in South End restaurant-ing).
Its primary purpose: killer first-date spot. Grab that feisty graphic designer you met two weeks ago at
SoWa, ascend the staircase inspired by sidewalks in SoHo and check in at the host stand, made from the
engine of an old 1930s biplane (naturally). Next, cover first-date essentials at the bar (favorite color,
favorite band, favorite 19th-century political satirist...).
You’ll later move to banter over Negroni flights at a table by the window (gin always oils witty banter)
before devouring braised veal
breast with tuna aioli and bucatini pasta with cured hog jowls
At that point, you’ll be ready for a grappa finish, an espresso from their full-time barista or just
Or all of the above.
500 Harrison Ave
(at Perry St)
Boston, MA 02118