« STW: Food for thought | Main | Restaurant bans screaming kids »

September 8, 2010

Rocco's Capriccio: good enough for another Rocco?

Rocco'sA Dining@Large reader is seeking restaurant suggestions for a couple of New Jersey Italian food sophisticates.

If the restaurant could have "Rocco" in the name, all the better.

Here's what he e-mailed me:

"Have you ever dined at Rocco's Capriccio?

"I ask because my father is coming into town and he is celebrating his 60th birthday this month and I want to take he and my Mom to dinner.

"Incidentally, his name is Rocco. So, I thought if the food were worth the visit, it would be cool to take him here."

The e-mail continued:

"They are from NJ, so, I suppose their taste for Italian food may be a little more sophisticated than others, but in all honesty, they're not that picky. Just looking to see if you have any thoughts on this place. Thanks."

I've never dined at Rocco's, which is in Little Italy. Can anybody out there advise him?


Rocco's Capriccio, adorned with a wreath in honor of local artist, Tony DeSales, who died in 2000. (Sorry. It was the only art we had of the place.) Sun file photo 

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 12:05 PM | | Comments (7)


I'm sure you and your folks would love the food at Rocco's Capriccio. I enjoyed a wonderful meal there and wrote a mini-review for last year's restaurant week. You can find my comment at 12:24 pm, August 19, 2009 on the following post:

Great food, great people. I love Rocco's.

If Owl Meat Gravy approves, I think your family will love it, too.

That place is crazy with Roccos! Chef Rocco, his son Rocco, and his grandson Rocco (he's only about six).

It's a wonderful place with beautiful food and charming service. Mmm, so many good meals there. Homemade mushroom ravioli, fragrant juicy rack of lamb, yum yum, the delicious red snapper with that amazing sauce! Whatever the specials are, get one of those. Chef Rocco does some inspired stuff.

I echo the previous sentiments - it's one of my favorite places in Little Italy.

Here's a comment I made here in Aug. 2008:

"I love it there and I'm a hypercritical bastard. I had the most delicious cod there once. Cod? Yeah, who would think? It turns out that chef Rocco had it flown in overnight from Portugal. That's fresh - fresh as in it goes from the docks to the airport fresh. Now that's the kind of food you remember. It's the real deal."

I've eaten there dozens of times and love it.

Rocco's is an exceptionally high quality AND one-of-a-kind family owned and operated restaurant. My husband's family (Italian) always loved this place and my husband took me there on special occasions when I was still new to Baltimore. He ended up proposing to me there and all the Rocco's as well as Rosa (the owner Rocco's daughter) helped make the moment unforgettable. These are good people. We LOVE this place. We have never had less than great food there and as someone above posted, Rocco's sauces have ruined the food at most other Italian restaurants for us. We love taking out of towners to this restaurant.

Post a comment

All comments must be approved by the blog author. Please do not resubmit comments if they do not immediately appear. You are not required to use your full name when posting, but you should use a real e-mail address. Comments may be republished in print, but we will not publish your e-mail address. Our full Terms of Service are available here.

Verification (needed to reduce spam):

About this blog

You are reading the archives. For updated blog posts about the Maryland food scene, see Richard Gorelick's new Baltimore Diner blog.
Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

Top Ten Tuesdays
Most Recent Comments
Baltimore Sun coverage
Restaurant news and reviews Recently reviewed
Browse photos and information of restaurants recently reviewed by The Baltimore Sun

Sign up for FREE text alerts
Get free Sun alerts sent to your mobile phone.*
Get free Baltimore Sun mobile alerts
Sign up for dining text alerts

Returning user? Update preferences.
Sign up for more Sun text alerts
*Standard message and data rates apply. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Food & Drink newsletter
Need ideas for dinner tonight? A recommendation for the perfect red wine?'s Food & Drink newsletter is there to help.
See a sample | Sign up

Stay connected