Where did you put my grandma?

After months of hearing my friend Guy brag about the Italian food at Rocky’s in downtown Rochester, I finally got to give it a try today. It’s been too long since I blogged about good places to go out to eat. Typically that’s because we usually eat at the same places every time we go out, or because the cuisine just isn’t anything worth writing about.

Upon entering Rocky’s, you might think there’s not much to write about, but the throngs of people who line up outside Rocky’s starting at 11:30 a.m. every weekday would probably beg to differ. Located at 190 Jay Street, around the corner from Frontier Field, the casual atmosphere is reminiscent of an old soda fountain shop. There are plenty of reviews online about the Rocky’s, on RocWiki and Urbanspoon, and some people go so far as to call it the best Italian in Rochester. I don’t need a review to tell me when someone has reincarnated my Grandmother Taormina and put her to work in the kitchen.

The menu consists of the daily specials, which are consistent every week. There’s a sampling of everyone’s favorite Italian specialties, all homemade.  And it’s cheap. For $18, my friend and I got a bowl of their homemade chicken noodle soup, a side salad, two plates of raviolis, a meatball, and bread. Don’t expect to get waited on hand and foot while you’re there. Show up early because they do run out of food, and don’t forget to grab a homemade Italian cookie on the way out, on the house!

I bet there are a few of you that have already discovered Rocky’s. For future reference, what’s the best day to go? What’s your favorite special?


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