I've heard for quite some time that Rocco's Ristorante is the Muriale's of southern West Virginia. When I interviewed Rocco Muriale, of Muriale's, in Fairmont, he mentioned his cousin's restaurant and how it does well in the southern part of the state. So what is often considered as some of the best Italian food in West Virginia runs in the family.
Bffl Tom Bragg and I went to Rocco's after a fun day of checking out Blenko and the Pumpkin House. The main Rocco's location is located outside of Huntington in Ceredo. Inside, it's low lighting, maroon tablecloths, and lovely placesettings with gold napkins.
The menu is filled with all the Italian staples like rigatoni, lasagna and chicken parmesan. They also kick it up a few notches with dishes like Lobster Langostino, which is made with angel hair pasta, cream and cheeses of the house. And there are daily specials.
Bread and butter is served first. Breadsticks in packages are on the table. Then was my house salad with house dressing - a giant heap of lettuce, a few cucumbers, tomatoes and a sliver of red onion.
I ordered a special that night, which was fettuccine alfredo with mushrooms and crab meat. SO. G.O.O.D. It was creamy and with fresh chunks of crab. It was a huge serving that was incredibly rich and delicious. The ingredients were high-quality, and the flavors were awesome. Love this place.