When Italy met the Bay at Rocco’s Cafe

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BUCKET LIST #33:  Eat at a restaurant featured in Diners, Dine-Ins, and Dives

The problem with eating Italian food is that 5 or 6 days later you’re hungry again.

[George Miller]


Rocco’s Cafe has been happily catering San Francisco residents and tourists since 1990. A treat of traditional Italian recipes served under a modest roof filled with early 1900s memorabilia. It was a new experience for me; one I have only seen in movies, until then. How I wish I dressed accordingly with a vintage geneveive dress and beret hat.

My eyes wandered the diner, impressed with the wall-to-wall 1920s collectibles. For a moment, I forgot what year I was in. The servers were very friendly and polite. It took us a good minute to decide what we wanted to order. Everything on the menu sounded delicious. In some restaurants, the menu looked so exotic I was afraid to order (because I had no idea what was in it) so I would always opt for a simple recipe and miss the chance of having an extraordinary meal. There was no question what we were getting at Rocco’s because it said it on the menu.

Each of us ordered very different entrèes. It’s a family tradition we practice whenever we’re in a new restaurant. It gives us the opportunity to taste each other’s plate, ergo taste more than one recipe on the menu. Janelle, my daughter, gave up meat for Lent so she had a vegetarian plate. Vince, my son, an avid meat eater ordered a steak meal. Angelo, my boyfriend, and I ordered chicken; his with red sauce and mine with white.


Big Blueberry Pancakes

One of the best pancakes I’ve ever tasted. The blueberries were just the right amount and the perfect blend. I could have even gone without the syrup, it was that delicious.


Eggplant Parmigiana


Chicken Piccata

I’m so glad I chose the Chicken Piccata. It was creamy, tasty, and the chicken was really soft. I normally can’t finish my plate when dining out. This time I did!


Chicken Marsala

The Chicken Marsala was an explosion of flavors in my mouth. I almost felt it was too flavorful, but I couldn’t stop taking bites of Angelo’s plate. You can find the recipe on their website (link below).


Grilled RibEye Steak & Eggs


It was no wonder that this quaint little diner was featured in the hit Food Network TV show Diners, Dive-Ins, and Dives. Food was delightful and mouth-wateringly flavorful. I have to say that my favorite was the blueberry pancakes. It just melts in your mouth.

Rocco’s Cafe
1131 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 554-0522


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Hi! I’m Lhorie – an adventure collector, serial optimist, passionate dreamer, and spirited blogger! Read how I “Stumbled Upon Serendipity” and took the leap to finally pursue my dreams. Feel free to send me a note here.

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