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150 Rte. 206 (Park Ave.) Send to Phone
Bright, sassy and full of fun (and tempting Italian fare) describes this Hillsborough eatery.

Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Sun.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Coccola Restaurant Restaurant Review

: You need to know a little Italian to understand the philosophy at Coccola. The name is derived from the verb "coccolare," which means “to pamper.” This "pampering" is the energy source that streams from the gleaming open kitchen into the handsome restaurant with its dramatic color scheme of ruby and eggplant. The menu tempts with dishes featuring fresh house-made pasta such as pappardelle taormina, lush with jumbo shrimp, mushrooms, prosciutto and peas in a pink vodka sauce. Although there are savory selections of meat and poultry, seafood really shines whether from the raw bar, appetizer selections or entrées; especially notable is the stone bass, which is pecan studded and rich in flavor. For hot heads, try the gnocchi fra diavolo---plump little dumplings in a sauce loaded with seafood and fiery spices. We also recommend the stuffed avocado lush with shrimp and lump crab meat in rémoulade. Service, though friendly, could use a little more polish. The small wine list is carefully chosen and dominated by family-owned wineries with traditions of handcrafted bottlings. Because these are not widely known, the menu abounds with wine pairing advice.


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