We have eaten at restaurants all over the world. Our most difficult cuisine to enjoy is Italian. My wife is Italian and nothing compares to Grandma. Occasionally, in the hills above Sorrento, in the Tuscan countryside, on a back street in Rome, at a trattoria in San Francisco, or a tiny restaurant in the West Village, she will find the cooking wonderful and almost comparable to Grandma. BOCA meets her high expectations and often goes beyond. It is simply a marvelous dining experience and surpasses anything else in the Midwest for Italian, including Chicago and the kitchen refuses to bend to the Midwest palate which often demands over saucing and a cloying sweetness to the cooking. The Mozzarella imbedded in lemon was sublime. The pastas are cooked al dente with just the correct amount of homemade sauces. Service is professional, but with a personal warmth that makes dining an experience rather then simply a meal. BOCA's wine list, in spite of the state of Ohio's antediluvian restrictions on alcohol, is interesting and filled with inexpensive choices and my favorite, half bottles of great wine. If BOCA was close by, I would weigh 250 pounds with a cholesterol count higher then the national debt. It is a restaurant done right and a treasure for the city of Cincinnati.
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