sunday we ate with the kids at rocco's, reviewed in THE BOOK. egads the portions here are huge. everybody had a good time and basically liked the food. I wouldn't make a special trip for jersey, but I'd definitely stop if I am passing through that part of brooklyn or want to make a day of it in the neighborhoods...
rigatoni bolognose was a tad limp and forgettable IMHO - not bad - just nothing worthy of special mention. But it was my son who wanted it - and he was happy - but I wouldn't order it. He ate the leftovers two hours later and liked it even better.
the stuffed artichoke, recommended in THE BOOK, was good, especially with lemon. would be better with a smaller artichoke.
the calamari marinara was absolutely soulful. incredible sauce. calimari so tender you thought they were shrimp. (I made the mistake of having the calimari and shrimp marinara - next time I'll get just the calimari - the shrimp were awful, limp and overcooked - but the calamari - so perfect.)
salads were all wonderful... we especially liked the stringbean and potato
chicken marsala was acceptable for the nonfish crowd, not great, but fine.
the atmosphere as promised was very neighborhood and family. I don't think I've ever had such a nice and helpful waitress - even though many people go to the counter and bring the food themselves.
and of course the price - around $40 for four, with plenty of food to carry home....