This is a pretty good neighborhood restaurant on a street with plenty of options. It’s a little more upscale (pricier) than Mia Francesca next door, so I think for this reason, I hadn’t been here before. I haven’t been to Mia Francesca in a while either, but because both serve Italian, I think it’s fair to make a few comparisons. Beyond being pricier, Socca also has a fancier menu, better-spaced tables, and a less hectic seating system. (Sidenote: Come to think of it, I have not been back to Mia Francesca since three years ago when I waited more than half an hour for my reservation). As an example of its more upscale fare, I had the day’s special lobster ravioli, Aaron had a paparadelle with bolognese sauce, and we shared the shrimp pizzette, which I can only describe as a small, flatbread-style pizza. I thought the pizzette and paparadelle were delicious. The shrimp, while small, were juicy and were nicely complemented by the chiles and cherry tomatoes. The paparadelle was soft and airy, and the bolognese sauce slightly sweet. But, the cream sauce that accompanied the lobster ravioli I felt was a little salty, and diminished the dish. This dish was also a bit smaller than the other entrees, and as someone with a big appetite, this alone made me regret ordering this. In summary, Socca is a good neighborhood spot--the food is pretty good and it’s not a nightmare to get a table, but the prices are just a little bit too high for this to be a casual weekend spot for me.
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