{news} Bocca’s winter taste treats

Mingling urban city hip with classic Italian passion for plentiful tables and loads of mouth-watering plates, BOCCA is upping the gastronomic stakes with two Winter taste treats you won’t want to miss from Bree Street’s hottest city eatery offering a refined yet relaxed dining experience.

To read my review on the new Bocca, please click here!

Set to stoke the Italian passion in your belly, BOCCA’s ‘ONE ON US’ special for the month of June will have all your gastronomic senses firing when it ups the ante by offering a plate for free for every four plates ordered to the table; the cheapest one being compliments of owners Guido and Adnana Brambilla who are known for their dedicated hands-on approach overseeing this popular dining venue on Cape Town’s gourmet boulevard.

For urbanites looking for reprieve from demanding work schedules, BOCCA’S ‘AFTERNOON RECHARGE’, served everyday between 15h00 and 18h00, will stimulate energy levels and enhance one’s mood with an assortment of cheese and a fine selection of cold cuts served rustic-style on a board with wood-fired rosemary focaccia from the pizza oven for R105, to be enjoyed with a wine pairing suggestions from Adnana.

Photo Credit – Hein van Tonder

“You can come by yourself and sit at the counter for a glass of wine and a few small plates or arrive as a group and experience a selection of dishes. The portion sizes allow you to order a few plates to discover different flavours. For us, BOCCA is really a place for people to connect over food. It’s our happy place and hopefully yours too.”

In typical Italian style, BOCCA’s menu offers a range of tasty plates to spin your head in delicious indecision if you were having to make only one choice. Thankfully you don’t; in true Italian-style abundance you are invited to have the pleasure of exploring all their different taste offerings on the new Winter Menu.

Unswerving pizza lovers can still enjoy the BOCCA ‘PIZZETTE’ (roughly 25cm across) which satisfies with its Neapolitan-style wood-fired quick puff crust and unusual flavour combinations. Vegetarians should take note of the Foresta with wild mushrooms, rosemary, mascarpone, and parmesan shavings, all drizzled with truffle oil, while popular demand is seen with the Amatriciana, served with Bosman’s cured pork guanciale, roasted cherry tomatoes, braised onion and Pecorino cheese.

Photo Credit – Hein van Tonder

Photo Credit – Hein van Tonder

To read my review on the new Bocca, please click here!

Their PESCE menu section offers delectable dishes which hail from the sea. All about uncomplicated Italian flavours to underpin its freshness, the Carpaccio of yellow tuna is served with micro greens, the Polpo, sees tasty Octopus served with baby potatoes and basil pesto. Certain to satisfy the stomach, fill up with the Spago di Mare, a flavourful steaming seafood pasta or try out the Mussel fritters with a lemony zest.

The VERDURE selection offers an exploration in new flavours, such is the Sicilian Caponata, a fusion of eggplant, bell peppers, olives, capers, basil, pine nuts and cacioricotta served with crostino. The Cauliflower Bites tease your taste buds with a combination of anchovies, sun dried tomatoes and an almond dressing; while you can’t miss out on the Ortofritto, a crispy fried basket of zucchini, artichokes, spring onion and broccoli, topped with fresh rocket leaves.

Photo Credit: Hein van Tonder
Photo Credit: Hein van Tonder

Winter warmers is what the CARNE selection is all about. Go for Beef Tartare of hand cut Angus rump or Chicken Liver pate served with crostini. Aimed straight to the heart, the Polpette Al Sugo is an unmissable dish of traditional-style meatballs of beef and pork to deliver a combination of delightful taste surprises. Italian flavoured Ragu, Fusili pasta combined with a beef and pork sauce, rosemary bechamel and provolone cheese; or try the Truffle Carbonara. Succulent with flavours is the 12-hour slow roasted BOCCA leg of Lamb with wild mushrooms, thyme and plenty of garlic or as delicious and tender, the Angus short rib. Alternatively, go straight for the Trippa, an Angus beef tripe stew with white beans, sausage, mint, parmesan and pecorino or expand your choice with some of the other CARNE selections on the Winter menu.

It’s always advisable to leave space for dessert, especially when in the company of Italian-inspired chefs such as Guido. On his DOLCI menu, his Tiramisu is loudly touted as ‘the best in town’ by BOCCA regulars who always return for more. You may also try the Cremoso, a chocolate mousse with orange compote and biscotti; the Lemon Posset, a combination of lemon curd and chocolate crumble or as enticing, the Semifreddo, with white chocolate, dark rum and spiced cashews.

Alongside the bustling kitchen is the vibrant bar area where, inspired by the Milanese tradition of Aperitivo, locals and tourists can stop by for signature cocktails, craft beer, or a glass of wine from the curated selection of local boutique estates.

BOCCA is open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday from noon until 22h00 where you can take advantage of both the ‘ONE ON US’ and ‘AFTERNOON RECHARGE’ Winter menu specials. Please note that last orders are taken at 21h30.

To read my review on the new Bocca, please click here!

BOCCA is situated at The Block, corner of Bree St & Wale Street, Cape Town City Centre. For more information visit www.bocca.co.za. For bookings call 021 422 0188 or email info@bocca.co.za . Connect on social media via @BoccaCT on Twitter; @boccaCT on Facebook; and bocca_ct on Instagram.

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