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Anyone tried Rocca in Santa Monica?

David L | Aug 28, 2003 12:44 AM

Drove by and it looked like a nice space. I have only found this blurb from LA Times about it:


1432 4th St.
Unit A, Santa Monica

Don Dickman, who was chef de cuisine under Michael Roberts in the mid-'80s at Trumps, is coming back to town with his own restaurant.

Rocca, which opens Aug. 1 in Santa Monica, will have an Italian menu, but not one filled with all the usual dishes. Instead, Dickman -- who has more recently been executive chef at Ocean Trails Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes -- will be doing "rustic country-style" cooking, with dishes such as potato ravioli with duck ragu, grilled wild boar sausages and tripe stewed in white wine. And definitely none of the Caesar salads and crab cakes cluttering Italian menus around town.

"I call it a pan-Italian restaurant," he says.

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