Food & Drink

Devour ’Italian Macca’s From The Returning Rocco’s Bologna Discoteca

By Rick Stephens
29th Jul 2020

A meatball sub covered in red sauce and cheese from Rocco's Bologna Discoteca.

One of Melbourne’s most-hyped takeaway joints to come out of lockdown round one, Rocco’s Bologna DIscoteca, has returned for a second serve. 

For those who may have missed the memo, Rocco’s comes from the kitchen of Poodle, the new two-storey bar and eatery on Fitzroy’s Gertrude Street that managed a few week’s of service in between lockdown. Behind both concepts is ex-Cumulus chef Josh Fry, who’s decided to give the people what they want and resurrect Rocco’s takeaway for the next stint of staying home.

On the menu, you’ll find the classics that Melbourne fell so quickly in love with. That includes the meatball sandwich that half of the city was talking about, the bone marrow garlic bread and a selection of bologna—aka boloney—sandwiches that resembled somewhat of a fancy “Italian Maccas”, as Fry coins it.

There’s also a new contender on the menu known as the Bobby Bacala melt, which comes in the form of a fish sandwich, no doubt hot and with melted cheese. Word is that the same hefty, bigger-than-a-golf-ball sized meatballs found in the sub will also be offered as a side, which comes as no surprise following their initial popularity. 

Anyone who managed to nab an order from Rocco’s earlier this year would most likely be aware of their regular weekly specials, like pizza pockets and that mammoth Grandissimo sub. Well, the good news is that they’ll be bringing back limited, off-menu items on the reg—what those exactly remain to be revealed.

After selling out on the reg, the team behind Rocco’s (and Poodle) have reassessed the takeaway model for this round, and will only be open from 12pm to 6pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Delivery is also on offer through Doordash and Deliveroo.

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