Tour Poughkeepsie’s Little Italy
Poughkeepsie’s Italian section is home to a number of authentic restaurants and bakeries
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14 Mt. Carmel Pl. 845-483-7300
Chef/owner Erik Morabito opened Cafe Bocca in 2007, in a building constructed 110 years earlier. Sardi’s Italian Grocery and Deli called the location home for about 70 years; Morabito remembers his own family shopping at the store for grated cheese, olive oil, and other goods imported from Italy.
The cafe serves soups, salads, panini, desserts, and espresso. It also offers a selection of local honey, syrups, and seasonings for sale. Morabito hopes to add beer and wine to the menu in the near future.
L’atmosfera (the atmosphere): The space is small yet sophisticated. Olive-colored walls and exposed brick with inset spaces holding tealights bring warmth; vintage ceilings contrast with modern art; and cool jazz fills the room.
Le persone (the people): It’s a great place to meet that old friend you haven’t seen in a while. Tables are usually filled with business-lunchers in the afternoon.
Le merci (the goods): Panini are made with bread baked daily; the tender turkey with avocado is a standout. Salads come without a wilted green in the bunch, tossed and topped with ripe cucumbers and tomatoes Morabito grows himself.
Gustare questo (taste this): Follow a meal with a red-plum sorbetto and a creamy cappuccino — that’s amore.