The reason we have come all the way to Roc to sip clandestine tastes of egg nog out of our handbags is so that we can also try Rocco DiSpirito's chosen Best Thing I Ever Ate AS GOOD AS MOM's dish, the cavatelli with sausage and broccoli rabe. We have relatively high expectations for this dish, if only because we have found Rocco's past Best Thing I Ever Ate choices to be delicious (and plus, we have never met a plate of pasta we couldn't finish).
Unfortunately in all cases, Roc's cavatelli dish breaks a few of our usual patterns.
|It's Not Easy Being Green... Pasta|
|Well, Now, Doesn't This Reek of "Unimpressive"?|
|Though the Sticks Could Crack Your Teeth as Easily as a Flower Vase|
Along with the cavatelli, we decide to order the spaghetti pomodoro, if only to compare it to Ted Allen's delectable spaghetti choice at Scarpetta.
|Someone Get Us a Bib, Stat|
|We'll Take Some Broccoli Rabe with a Side of Cavatelli, Please|
|Vodka Compares the Rabe More to the Taste of "Just Plain Awful"|
|Lopsided Cheese Sprinkling Like Whoa|
To say nothing for the fact that, in our estimation, the cavatelli is overcooked and mildly mushy.
|But Other Than All of Those Complaints, It was GREAT...|
|Cap'n Crunch, Spaghetti-Style|
|And Also for How Wonderfully Those Noodles Photograph|
|Apparently, We Have Become Messy Eaters in our Old Age|
Roc's Cavatelli with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe: 3 stars