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The New South End - Review by steve s | Rocca

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The New South End 6/23/2007

Want to hear a great story? Harrison ave used to be an area that you would not want to drive through. It was urban blightsville only with a huge amount of crime tossed in for good measure. Along comes a guy named Mario who 20 years ago buys all of it and envisions a funky area of shops, restaurants and condos. 20 years later, it is a reality. First it was Washington street and now Harrison ave. Rocca is the first restaurant. The second, Gaslight, will open in July/August with the same funky type of theme. First, Rocca is gorgeous. The whole building is newly rehabbed. The bar is downstairs with the main dining area upstairs. The menu is light Italian with Tastes or small appetizers. Of course, there is appetizers or "bigger than tastes" as they are now known, a pasta section and an entree section as well I had the minestrone, which was excellent, a taste of pizza and zucchini...They were equally worthy.... The pasta was interesting as it was green bean, pesto and potato...Haven't had pasta in awhile as it has been in my dietary doghouse ...The pasta once again was very good, and I did not leave there incredibly full , but placated...at least for the moment Up in coming restaurant....Up in coming area more
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