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“Great Italian”

Rocco's Italian Grille and Bar
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Ranked #86 of 342 Restaurants in Winter Park
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Proprietor Rocco Potami has opened a casual yet sophisticated dining spot as warm and personal as a family-run trattoria, with marble floors, golden-hued walls, warm woods, white linens. There's a cozy wood-paneled bar, intimate al fresco dining on a courtyard terrace and private space for special events. Rocco's uses the freshest meats, produce, breads, special sauces and imported pastas that are the heart of fine Italian cooking. The result is a diverse culinary experience, offering a taste of favorite dishes selected from each region of Italy. The cozy bar features seats at the bar, as well as banquette seating and high-top tables. Live music enlivens the scene Wed-Sat evenings from 7:30 til 10:30 PM.
Reviewed February 18, 2014

Just what you want in an Italian restaurant, excellent food, professional service, and comfortable pleasant surroundings. It two visits I tried the carpaccio of beef, the gnocchi, and two of the veal specials, everything was great. The waiter knew just how to pace the meal to please us. A good wine list with some interesting Tuscans priced fairly. And best of all they treat you like family.

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Reviewed November 2, 2013 via mobile

With all the waiters working I would have thought the device would be better than it was. They were very quick to clear as if they were turning the table. I had to ask the bus boy for my cocktail since the waiter seemed to forget. We would have had another and cappuccino if offered. "Rico " or the chef/owner was very visible in the dining room but perhaps should have paid more attention to the seasoning and the quality of the dishes coming out of the kitchen. The pasta homemade was great but they clearly need attention in other areas. I would try again in hopes...

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Reviewed November 1, 2013

We come to our time share in Orlando once a year in October. Rocco's has become a regular, and eagerly anticipated stop. It's not huge, but the owner and staff are invested in your comfort and total satisfaction. Despite an annual visit, Rocco comes to the table each visit, remembers us and welcomes us. The staff is so professional, relaxed yet attentive.
And the food... well there is no comparison.
This visit we took a friend from the East Coast who loves Italy and spends time there.
He was blown away!
We always go toward the end of the lunch hour. Start with a nice pinot grigion and munch on an appetizer, this time a wonderful bruschetta while we look over the menu.
We ordered a great wine - Campo Viejo Tempranillo and a main course. I always go for veal scaloppine ala Rocco and my companions did a gnocchi dish and a linguine with clams. The yummy sounds abounded!
After a little rest and great conversation, we shared a delicious flourless chocolate cake and a poached pear. This was paired with some nice port.
I'd love to make a recommendation for improvement... but I can't. Every visit has been perfect and every taste heavenly in a friendly warm comfortable environment!!!

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Thank John G
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

Met 14 friends at Rocco's Italian Grille for Happy Hour drinks and food. Much to our surprise they have no specials of any kind. When we asked about it the bartender became surly and confrontational....it was a simple enough question and was asked politely. We won't be going back there for any reason - lost 14 customers

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Reviewed October 21, 2013

I loved this place. Everything was excellent: greeting, service, food, wine, atmosphere. Everything. This was our first visit - we were greeted like old friends, wih a big smile and a warm Italian greeting from the hostess. It really got our evening off to a nice start. Our waiter was excellent: smiling, pleasant, knowledgable and efficient. We both had pasta: homemade seafood papardelle was very good but the rigatoni with Italian sausage and a light rosemary cream sauce was GREAT. The white tablecloths make the place feel special, but this is not a stuffy, formal place - a really nice combination. We got the feeling most people who comes here are regulars. The live music could be turned down two notches - it should be a nice background for the good food and service rather than compete for center stage. We will return and I am going to order the exact same dish.

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Thank 493Ron
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