The Trinity Groves restaurant family gives birth to a new addition on Thursday with the opening of Saint Rocco's, a glitzy Italian restaurant from TG overlord Phil Romano and chef Jay Valley of Eatzi's. Despite not even being open yet, the restaurant has already fed notable locals like Tony Romo and Mayor Mike Rawlings.
Decked out with striking crimson carpet, subway tile-covered pillars, and hundreds of framed black-and-white photos of the owners' families, the interior certainly supports the owners' vision of a New York-style Italian experience (both Romano and Valley grew up on the East Coast). Out front, the Saint Rocco's name in Broadway-style lights do their part to fulfill Romano's stated goal of making it "a destination restaurant."
The menu reads like a who's-who list of red sauce classics, from spinach and cheese-stuffed manicotti and Caesar salad to chicken francaise and veal milanese. There's also a Sicilian lasagna (think of it as a deconstructed version of the classic), linguine with clams, and lobster ravioli with housemade pasta and truffle cream. An in-house baker is responsible for churning out sweets like cannoli and chocolate espresso cake. In addition to a boatload of wine that's sure to be heavy on the Italian reds, there's a house cocktail menu with bellinis — said to be Saint Rocco's signature drink — and limoncello martinis, as well as a drink appropriately dubbed "The Godfather."
Stay tuned tomorrow for a look inside the newest Trinity Groves addition.