Eager to add another romance language to their French-heavy South End empire, the crew behind Aquitaine and Gaslight Brasserie have overhauled the former Rocca into a 200-seat "Roman Trattoria" with a rustic aesthetic you should recall from your days running an Italian hunting lodge in the 1950s. After ascending the illuminated cast iron staircase and checking in at a hostess stand built from riveted aluminum jet engine casing, grab one of 22 seats at the meandering Italian marble bar while waiting for a spot at the brown leather banquettes nestled under frosted mirrors. Work your way through grilled octopus w/ Taggiasca olives & celeriac and these Maine mussels in a spicy broth, before tackling the menu's other five sections ripe with favorites like charred beef carpaccio w/ hazelnuts, and a hot oil-seared ribeye with toasted sage. Kick things off with the rum/ pear puree Vendetta and tequila/ ginger beer Zenzero Rosso, or have them pour one of their four Italian vinos on tap, select suds from the Mamaland (Moretti, Peroni, etc.), or go with something from their healthy selection of Amaro herbal liqueurs, which'll help you recall all sorts of things that never happened.
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