July 01, 2014

Bocci Bar Serves Italian Small-Plates in Clayton

The new Bocci Wine Bar lacks a cohesive identity. Unlike its sister restaurant that oozes Catalan character, Bocci Bar doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be. On the one hand, it’s a wine bar, with fancy temperature-control systems and a comprehensive selection of wines by the glass to encourage tastings. Then again, it takes on some of the character of a pop-up with a monthly theme based around a particular country (on one of my visits it was Argentina; on the other, France). As such, Bocci serves a core menu that changes regularly, but it also has a secondary menu based on the theme month. If all of this sounds confusing, it is.

Keep reading: Cheryl Baehr's review of Bocci Bar.

Photos by Jennifer Silverberg for the Riverfront Times.
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Burrata caprese is roasted stone tomatoes, honey balsamic, olive oil and basil.
Burrata caprese is roasted stone tomatoes, honey balsamic, olive oil and basil.
Rain Crow Ranch beef sliders.
Rain Crow Ranch beef sliders.
Bocci's flight of chilled soups includes vichyssoise, gazpacho, and watermelon and mint.
Bocci's flight of chilled soups includes vichyssoise, gazpacho, and watermelon and mint.
Outside Bocci Bar.
Outside Bocci Bar.
Rain Crow Ranch beef sliders.
Rain Crow Ranch beef sliders.
Bocci Bar's dining room.
Bocci Bar's dining room.
Bocci's pastrami smoked salmon.
Bocci's pastrami smoked salmon.
Burrata caprese is roasted stone tomatoes, honey balsamic, olive oil and basil.
Burrata caprese is roasted stone tomatoes, honey balsamic, olive oil and basil.
Bocci Bar's dining room.
Bocci Bar's dining room.
The Black Forest ham sandwich comes topped with grain mustard, gruyere cheese and is served on a pretzel croissant.
The Black Forest ham sandwich comes topped with grain mustard, gruyere cheese and is served on a pretzel croissant.