Rocca is a relatively new addition to Old Brompton Road. It’s a place I had been meaning to visit for a while, enticed by it’s covered outdoor seating, smart presentation and very resonably priced menu, I wish I had tried it earlier!

Located at the South Kensington end of Old Brompton Road it is a welcomed and distinguished addition to the likes of Bella Italia, GBK and Burger King (recently departed). The restaurant has been cleverly designed with a set of glass doors a few meters in from the frontage leaving a covered area for three tables outside giving a Mediterranean feel. Adding to that feel the walls inside are matt terracota and laden with canvas prints of Italian country scenery. The restaurant stretches back surprisingly far, with an open kitchen at the back. Wall-attached desk lamps line the walls illuminating tables for two in a quirky style I’ve not seen before.

The menu is as already mentioned, very well priced for this area of town. £6.25 for a Funghi pizza and around the same price for one of their many pasta dishes. The menu has general appeal and in my opinion gave a better choices than Carluccio’s, not to mention the availability of pizza.

The service was friendly and efficient. The food was quite obviously freshly prepared, the pasta in very generous portions and generally quite tasty.

Lunch for two including drinks came to a very resonable £18. Service was not automatically included, which I think is enviable in a restaurant these days.

So in summary, this is a great little Italian restaurant in the centre of South Ken, outstanding value for money, great atmosphere and quality food which won’t blow you away but will almost certainly leave you feeling satisfied. It’s virtues remind me a lot of a restaurant I visited in Madrid called Ginger, if you go there check it out and let me know what you think.

73 Old Brompton Road
South Kensington
Tel: 0207 2253413

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