Rocco’s Tavern Brings Old-School Italian to Culver City on Friday

Linguini and clams
Linguini and clams Photo: Courtesy of Rocco's Tavern

For fans of Rocco’s Tavern in Studio City–or anyone who loves a good plate of linguini with clams, sausage and peppers, or five-layer lasagna–a second outpost opens on Main Street in Culver City tomorrow. This is not the place for handmade pastas and charred-crust Neapolitan pizzas. Rocco’s is known for it’s Italian-American classics, the kind of dishes you’d see back in Staten Island, where three of the four owners grew up: lots of red sauce (bonus points if they actually called it “gravy”), thin-crust pies, eggplant parm. Yes yes, insert your tired Tony Soprano joke here.

The former La Ballona Mexican restaurant has been refashioned with high leather booths, brick walls and vaulted ceilings, plus a giant garage-door front that opens up to the sidewalk. There’s also a good-sized bar, where you’ll find happy hour; the 2-for-1 specials draw big crowds at the Valley location. Rocco’s will be open for lunch, dinner and late night.

Rocco’s Tavern: 3843 Main Street, Culver City. 310-559-5500.