The retooled Bocci Bar still struggles with its identity

The retooled Bocci Bar still struggles with its identity
Jennifer Silverberg
Bocci's flight of soups features vichyssoise, gazpacho, and watermelon and mint.

See photos: Bocci Bar Serves Italian Small-Plates in Clayton

Bocci Bar, a small-plates wine bar from the owner of BARcelona Tapas restaurant, gives Clayton diners a front-row seat to the hustle and bustle of Central Avenue. The restaurant features an eclectic selection of dishes, ranging from chilled soups to Argentine flank steak. Pan-seared sea scallops with an English pea puree are delicate and well-cooked, while Korean pork is creatively served in a hollowed-out apple. The Parmesan chicken broth is a must-try. The dish features confit chicken legs and thighs with meat so tender that it falls off the bone with only the slightest prodding. The broth is rich and flavorful; kale and rice noodles round out the dish. Bocci has a small but comprehensive wine list with several flights and glass selections available on a rotating basis. Every month, the restaurant offers wines and dishes based on a particular country's theme.

When we ordered the "BBQ chicken flatbread" our server gave us a strange warning: "It's really sweet."

Location Info


Bocci Bar

16 N Central Ave
Clayton, MO 63105

Category: Restaurant > Mediterranean

Region: Clayton


Bocci Bar
Flight of soup...$6
Parmesan-chicken broth...$12
Pan-seared scallops...$16
16 North Central Avenue, Clayton; 314-932-1040.
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 5-10 p.m. Sat. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

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