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Reviewed 18 April 2021

Being a foodie and living between NY and Rio it was a great pleasure to dine at La Bocca nearby Lapa, Rio´s bohemian neighborhood. I don´t remember an Italian restaurant in NY as good as La Bocca. If you speak Portuguese, you will have the...pleasure to have a chat with one of the owners, Vera Gomes. Being a family business, the chef is her brother, Osvaldo Sobrinho. Even if you speak Portuguese, you will need a golden ticket to talk to him, the guy is obviously very busy. We started with a covert which served as an appetizer, with one of the highlights was a creamy chicken pate and the selection of breads. Our main dishes included a superb lemon shrimp risotto, and the desserts were out of this world. The restaurant atmosphere is super casual and cozy, but the cuisine was first class. Recently the family opened a little informal Arab snack bar directly across the street from La Bocca. This is a great place to pick up some snacks from the same chef for later in the evening or the next day.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 15 December 2020

We are a couple of foodies from Canada, who like good food and LOVE La Bocca, especially their 3-course lunch special Monday to Friday that changes weekly. In addition, there is an extra daily special for R$ 28 (without appetizer or dessert) - usually a...type of pasta, or risotto. Today, we enjoyed eggplant bruschetta appetizers, followed by crispy, grilled tilapia with a medley of vegetables, and Italian polenta, with baby spinach. I'm not a fan of polenta, but THIS polenta, was to DIE FOR!! A serving of pear crumble with chocolate sauce completed the meal. Very few words were spoken during the entire time as we tried to devour every morsel. My husband, in an effort to scoop up all the chocolate sauce, wanted to lick the plate (LOL). Needless to say, we'll definitely be back for more! We tend to take a late lunch, so we usually have the patio to ourselves, where we can socially distance if needed. The young, soft-spoken server comes out to greet us with a smile and makes a special effort to communicate in English, which is very nice. What a place! It almost feels like home, or grandma's house - simple, small and cozy. The atmosphere is peaceful and relaxing; the courses are timely, and you never feel stressed or rushed. I've been fortunate to have visited their kitchen twice and was most impressed how spotless and organized it was. Yes, we're talking about a COMMERCIALKITCHEN - not big (small in fact), but immaculate! Contents of fridges revealed - with nothing to mask or hide. Honestly, nothing is phoney about this place; what you see is what you get - in my humble opinion, the best Italian food in Lapa, if not in all of Rio. And, the record speaks for itself - rated #28 of 8,608 restaurants in Rio de Janeiro. Keep up the good work, La Bocca, and we will continue to spread the word!More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 28 February 2020 via mobile

Perfect restaurant! Everything in the menu tastes amazing! You must try it! Excellent service and food!

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 8 February 2020

The tilapia risotto we had for lunch yesterday was "Agua na Boca," as they say in Portuguese. It was a generous serving of perfectly seasoned, creamy arborio rice laced with tasty tilapia pieces; garnished with grilled sweet cherry tomatoes and parsley, The distinct flavour of...white wine came through with every bite. Extra shredded cheese, though not needed, was served on the side. Honestly, that's a lot of yumminess for RS28. We literally licked our plates! As a bonus, we were granted a quick tour of the kitchen where we met the charming, executive chef, who happens to speak English. Can't wait to return to La Bocca for another lunch or dinner.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 25 January 2020 via mobile

After a month of travel we were ready for something different. This place is quite small but very clean. Staff was very welcoming. Food was quite good. We split the octopus starter which was better than what we had at Aprazivel. The Greek salad was...very fresh. The squid ink risotto was good but we’ve had better. I’ll be dreaming of that octopus for a long time!More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 20 October 2019 via mobile

Excellent service and beautiful food. Staff were very attentive. Very reasonably priced, would highly recommend.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 31 July 2019

Small restaurant, fantastic Italian food and very friendly floor staff The price is reasonable, a must try! MUITO OBRIGADO!!

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed 24 April 2019 via mobile

But it turned out to be a brilliant dinner! Starters are the best and we had the pastas for main course also very good! Even the children enjoyed it really well. Go here for a super nice meal.

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed 22 April 2019

LA Bocca is small quaint, contemporary restaurant in Lapa. Everything from the polite and friendly staff, to the mouth-watering delectable menu was excellent.We had 2 types of Risotto dishes.The appetizers and deserts were supreme also.The prices were good too, for a gourmet restaurant. We wanted...to go back for more ,but our stay in Rio was short. Next time in Rio we will definitely be back. A Must Try When In RioMore

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed 1 February 2019

La Boca - Bar & Tratorria in Lapa is a small and unassuming place that seats maybe 30 people inside and a dozen or so, on the front porch. Good. I love small. intimate places that hug you and offer you individual attention. We'd made...a reservation for a party of 3 for a Friday lunch and were warmly welcomed and ushered to our designated table. We smiled and sighed with relief as we stepped from the oppressive summer heat into this cosy and perfectly air-conditioned place. Even if the restaurant did not live up to its expectations, we knew we'd at least be comfortable for the next 1 1/2 - 2 hours. I must admit, I was surprised how small it seemed. Quickly scanning the (English) menu, we selected our appetizer and the daily special, or "Prato do dia" - spaghetti with wild mushrooms in a creamy, white sauce. Without denial, here, too, I had my reservations. After all, how good can a plate of spaghetti be? To our delight, the basket of bread arrived promptly - different types and shapes of bread, including small squares of herbed focaccia - light and warm, served with soft butter on the side. We enjoyed it more dipped in extra virgin olive oil. As a rule, a freshly baked bread is usually a sign of what's to follow. At that point, we had a hunch we would probably not be disappointed. I was pretty hungry as I didn't have breakfast that morning, but, at the same time, I appreciated the fact that we weren't being rushed. As our carioca friend sipped his ice cold beer, we engaged in a light conversation, remarking how quickly this small establishment filled with what it seemed like regular patrons, dropped off by taxis and uber, as well as a walk-in crowd, without reservations, and perhaps first-timers, celebrating special occasions, like us. The noise level quickly picked up and rose above the constant hum of the efficient AC. They say you eat with your eyes! The three bowls of freshly made pasta arrived at the same time, laced in a delicate, white sauce, topped with wild mushrooms and garnished with a fresh rosemary spring. Extra Parmesan cheese, served in a seperate, little bowl followed I feared that the sauce would be too heavy/creamy, or cheesy, but it wasn't. What a generous serving, and so many mushrooms, I exclaimed! As predicted, it tasted even better than it looked! The pasta simply melted in our mouths as we dipped the unfinished bread in the creamy sauce. I had to nudge my husband to slow down and not gobble it up all at once (ha-ha-ha!). We have a tendency of eating very quickly, especially when we're very hungry. In between the main course and the dessert, our friend asked if I could have a peek inside the kitchen; just like that!! Without hesitation and on last-minute notice, I was granted this request! I was whisked over to the kitchen faster than I could think. What an immaculate, well-appointed and organized commercial kitchen, I thought to myself as I was ushered from station to station, gazing at the contents of each fridge and freezer and big slabs of butter. When it was over, I said, obrigada, gave them a thums up, and left in disbelief and a smile on my face. Yes!! I was MORE than ready for my dessert! The "apple pie "came with a scoop of homemade ice cream, garnished with mint leaf and a sweet, edible, purple flower. Nice finishing touches, I thought. The cheesecake with a guava fruit sauce for the birthday boy, was equally impressive. Better than that; it was agua na boca (mouth watering)! A birthday candle stuck inside it, clearly announced the occasion, more than surprising our guest. We were satiated, happy and not in a rush to leave. Reluctantly, we ended this memorable lunch with a Brazilian coffee (cafezinho) that was strong and had a rich taste and aroma. It came accompanied by a dainty glass of mineral water and a nibble of a cake (bolinho). My husband asked what kind of cake it was, but I couldn't tell. Whay can I say?! This was truly one birthday lunch to remember.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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La Bocca - Bar & Trattoria is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5