Bocca Toscana  (closed)
Tucked into the same shopping center as two of our recent favorites, Mai Sushi and Toast, is Bocca Toscana. A little Italian restaurant in an often busy shopping center. Pro tip if you go at noon, park in the back lot and cut through the tunnel. The day we went the parking lot was a swarm with shoppers and dinners, but Bocca was surprisingly empty.
Set back from the parking lot a bit, every tenant in The Village shopping center forgoes a bit of natural light. Bocca is no different, offering high backed booths and a bit of ambiance without even trying. There weren’t many patrons, but all the same our waitress and host was pleasant and prompt.
The food was much of the same (pleasant and prompt). Ethan had the Calzone, a pillow of baked dough filled a wonderful gooey mess of ricotta and mozzarella. Especially the mozzarella, which was buttery and elastic, without feeling stringy. Top notch stuff. I had their Grilled Chicken Salad. A dish that is pretty hard to screw up, but even harder to do really well. They nailed it. Tender marinated chicken that was not so hot as to wilt the entire bed of fresh greens it rested on. The balsamic vinaigrette that dressed it was subtle, delicious and distributed with a deft hand.
Overall we liked Bocca Toscana, the food and service were great. It is not a destination lunch spot. Don’t carve out two hours to go there, but it was certainly worth your time if you’re in the area. It’s downfall might be that it is an old player in a shopping center with young quality upstarts. Hopefully it can weather the youthful storm.