Local Bites: Rocca Tampa

Rocca, the newest Italian concept to join the Tampa Bay area, situated across from Armature Works in Tampa Heights, is finally open to the public! I had the special opportunity to join them during their Friends & Family Weekend and was left in awe - from the service to the presentation to the flavor, everything about Rocca was incredibly thoughtful and impressive, and I cannot wait for you to try it out for yourself!

Scroll on down for an overview of the dishes we ordered, including the impressive table-side mozzarella appetizer:

Crudo: Yellowtail, tomato, celery, olive, chive

Tagliolini al Ragu: Beef ragu, basil, 30-month parmigiana reggiano

Fusilli: Key West pink shrimp, roasted shell butter, prosciutto di parma, chives

Lemon Tart: Espresso bean, meringue

Fior di Latte Gelato: Amaretto cookies, 25-year balsamic

I really cannot say enough good things about Rocca - the made-from-scratch pastas shine alongside the other fresh and flavorful dishes on the menu. Eventually, Rocca will unveil its Oficina - an exclusive dining experience featuring prix fixe menus and the opportunity to view the kitchen up-close and personal.

Rocca is located at 323 West Palm Avenue in Tampa. It is open Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. For the latest updates from Rocca, follow along on Facebook and Instagram.