Italian Restaurant, Bocce’s, to Open Inside the Bishop Arts District Mid-February

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David Rice, a man who’s been working in the restaurant business for 15 years, has always fantasized having his own Italian restaurant with an indoor bocce court.

“At our family gatherings, we always ended up playing bocce,” says Rice. “To me it means, friends, family, and tradition.”

His dream of having a bocce team comprised of staff and customers is bound to become a reality; but for now, the bocce court idea is still a work-in-progress. Rice is still waiting for circumstances to pan out before that portion of the plan is realized. Meanwhile, Rice and his mom, Donna, have the Italian food part down.

When Inforzato’s closed in July 2013 after a five-year run at 244 West Davis Street, Rice spoke to owner Jill Inforzato about the space. Now he plans to open another family-run restaurant inside of it.

Bocce’s will specialize in homemade sauces, traditional lasagna, and a Sunday gravy with marinara, meatballs, and sausage that can be served over house-made pasta. Rice, who will be acting as the chef and manager, is planning to have chicken parmesan, eggplant parmesan, and garlic shrimp on the menu. He’s also in the process of creating a late-night food menu. Donna Rice, a diabetic educator, will run the front-of-the-house and also do cooking classes that promote healthy eating.

“We don’t want to be a fancy place,” says Rice. “We just want to be a place where you can come and relax and have homemade pasta.”

There’s no liquor license yet, but the owners plan to get one soon. In the meantime, there will be a bar serving espresso and cappuccinos to guests.

“Things have been moving quickly. It’s been incredible.”

 The restaurant is scheduled to open in mid-February.