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Bocce Club

226 St. Louis Ave., Woonsocket, RI - (401) 767-2000
Posted By Michael Stern on September 12, 2009 5:23 PM
Gigantic dinners of roast chicken and pasta, served family style, are a Rhode Island custom and the specialty of several institution-sized eating halls north of Providence. The Bocce Club is where the tradition began in the 1920s, when people used to come to the Pavoni home to play bocce. A stepdaughter, Mary Tavernier, opened a little dining room for bocce players to have supper when the games were done. Her eatery became a culinary magnet known for chicken seasoned with rosemary and bathed in butter and olive oil. By all accounts, today's feast mirrors the original, the chicken preceded by an effulgent antipasto salad, accompanied by crusty bread, pasta in a red sauce, and a motley heap of French fried and oven-roasted potatoes. Pass the platters, and eat until you cannot move: that is the Bocce Club way.

While a majority of customers do come for chicken, the Bocce Club has an extensive menu that also includes Italian and Portuguese dishes as well as steaks. Our waitress looked crestfallen when we chose chicken for two. "Chicken is where we started," she explained, "But our chef is so good, there is so much more to try." That may be, and if we were in the Blackstone Valley more frequently, we might branch out to sample the chef's specialties, but when we think Bocce Club, it's roast chicken we long for.
3 star rating
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Chicken Dinner
Antipasto Salad
Pasta
Cheese Spread

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Posted By allison on December 3, 2013 9:54 PM
I absolutely love this place! They have amazing family style chicken that falls off the bone and the chicken soup is to die for as well. If you go, take a look at their menu as well. The very inexpensive filet cooked Portuguese styler with a fried egg on top is delicious! I recommend this place to everyone. Also a very kid/family friendly environment.
5 star rating
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Chicken Dinner
Portuguese Soup
Antipasto Salad
Pasta

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Posted By B-Gabe on May 23, 2013 9:39 PM
What a find (thanks to Roadfood), as the Bocce Club is my wife's and my favorite spot for an early dinner. The chicken is the best, well-seasoned, and falls off the bone, the pasta is tops, and even the potatoes are perfect! We are so impressed with the chicken that it is all we order, I hate to say. The place is like going to a neighborhood restaurant from 50 years ago.
4 star rating
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Chicken Dinner
Antipasto Salad
Pasta

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