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

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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.

Linguini and clams Photo: Courtesy of Rocco's Tavern

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.