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Pizza in Durham - First time at Bocci


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Pizza in Durham - First time at Bocci

suse | Dec 16, 2006 05:58 PM

Ever since Esposito's closed I've been looking for a replacement neighborhood Italian joint that does decent pizza. Admittedly, Esposito's was "American Italian" and the atmosphere was kind of blah, but they had such things as eggplant parmigiano sandwiches and decent pizza and it didn't cost you an arm and a leg. Well, I've found it - hooray! Today my pizza-loving hub and I had lunch at Bocci (located in the (IMNSHO) hideous-looking Padget Place on Fayetteville Rd. near Southpoint Mall. (Thanks, klaatu47 for putting it on my radar screen.)The interior is cozy with lots of booths. Always a plus. I was a little worried because the menu is pretty huge, but we weren't disappointed by the pizza. We had the thin brick oven pizza with eggplant (a little on the skimpy side) and sausage (just right) and the spinach saute' on the side. (We love greens on pizza and ordering spinach as a topping generally isn't enough.) The pizza was crispy and delicious and the greens were perfect - nice and garlicky with a touch of white wine. I asked the woman at the next table about her pasta and she said it was "the best" - a huge bowl of penne she said was an appetizer. Their pizza looked a bit "burny" around the edges, but ours didn't come out that way at all. It was perfect, actually. Speaks for a hot oven, though. My husband (aka pizza boy) makes excellent pizza himself, so we rarely order out, but he's definitely going back. Next time he's trying the calzone. Keep in mind, it's American Italian - no fancy cheeses, but if you like that kind of thing, give Bocci a try. Oh yeah, the service was excellent. Now if they could just have $2.50/glass house wines like Esposito's did we'd be set.

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