Rocco DiSpirito has returned to the New York dining scene and the author and his colleague had a dinner together at the Standard Grill to celebrate that event. For those who don’t know him, Rocco is the seafood maestro of the Union Pacific, a reality TV show food star, was at Dancing with the Stars although he was an unlucky aspirant, on the game show Guy Fieri he was one of the most successful contestants, and finally, he has authored wellness cookbooks among which are “Negative Calorie Diet: Lose Up to Ten Pounds in Ten days.” Rocco has been on hiatus for about a decade but now he is back cooking at a restaurant again. He is sure to serve up some of his great hits which are, you guess it, seafoods, along with some Japanese grill and a game-changing toast. Rocco makes sure that all the dishes on his menu are gluten and dairy-free. The author and his friend read a review about Rocco on the New York magazine by a writer called Adam Platt and it was a very great review. So, they decided to try out the good old Rocco again. What follows is a transcript of the conversation they had about Rocco’s food served at the Standard Grill.
- The unexpected return of Rocco DiSpirito to the New York dining scene was marked some days ago by the author and his friend at the Standard Grill.
- Rocco has a good reputation because he is a seafood maestro, a TV star for a reality TV show on food, and a wellness cookbook author.
- According to Robert, the author’s friend, the atmosphere of the place wasn’t to his liking because it was dark but the menu was likable.
“Our visit occurred in the wake of positive reviews from Adam Platt of New York magazine and Pete Wells of the New York Times, though Hannah Goldfield of the New Yorker had a more skeptical take.”