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Bocca Cucina Italiana vs Chef Boyardee

I bought some cheese ravioli for $9.50 plus tax at Bocca Cucina Italiana, one of many takeout lunch places in midtown with many different food stations, including a pasta station. It may not be a real Italian restaurant (despite the pretentious name), but it’s still pretty good. I will miss places like this if I ever leave Manhattan.

Unlike the wimpy tomato broth in which the Chef Boyardee ravioli floated, this ravioli was covered with a marinara sauce that had real tomato chunks, as well as chunks of onions. The ravioli was al dente, and not soft and mushy like the Chef Boyardee ravioli. And so far, there is no funky aftertaste.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 18, 2014 at 2:36 PM

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  1. There was an excellent fast, take-out pasta place in the mall underneath the World Trade Center. Can’t remember the name, but you could choose between more than just spaghetti and linguini – they had probably 7 or 8 different pasta types, and a bunch of sauces too. There was always a line and it seemed pretty popular. I was only able to eat there while I had an internship in the summer of 2000. As far as I know that place never reestablished itself anywhere else in the city at 9/11.

    Scipio Africanus

    September 18, 2014 at 2:53 PM

  2. Chef Boyardee sells for a buck a can most places (I don’t grocery shop at CVS). So for $9.50 I would hope you would get something better. For $99.50 I bet you could find something that would knock your socks off!


    September 18, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    • ColRebSez- an Ole Miss guy? Well Hotty Toddy. You all are going to have a good team this year if Bo can hang onto the ball.


      September 18, 2014 at 4:28 PM

  3. Lion, where would you ideally move to if you left Manhattan?

    As a northeasterner, I’m mostly attracted to places like Boulder, Jackson, Missoula, Burlington.


    September 18, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    • Jackson is so overrated. I can’t fathom why people would want to pay so much to live there. There’s plenty of public land in Idaho


      September 18, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    • Probably Halifax, since he’s been there before.

      America is a boring place with the exception of NYC. However, it’s also the most dysfunctional of the 1st world nations.


      September 18, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      • I’ve found lion’s dream abode:

        41.4092° N, 93.7272° W


        September 19, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      • Ha ha.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 19, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      • Dude, Halifax sucks compared to other similar (white) cities.

        Why even leave the States? Why not Portland (ME), Portsmouth (NH), or Burlington (VT)? Or Montreal if you’re set on Canada?


        September 19, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      • Well, Lion’s been there and he likes the city. I would never live in Halifax long term because it’s too boring for me. However, Canadian cities are much nicer looking and more aesthetically pleasing than most comparative American ones. Halifax and Portland, ME are similar, but Halifax is bigger, more urbane with newer structures.

        In terms of leaving the United States, I’m just offering an alternative, just in case the sh*t also hits the fan in New England, given our predicament.


        September 20, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    • If I were single and wanted to stay that way and had Lion money and wanted to retire early, I’d build a high end microhouse (preferably underground) in the middle of nowhere that’s within driving distance to prostitutes that are worth patronizing.


      September 18, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    • Suburban New England (e.g.; Western MA, Connecticut) would be good fits.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      September 18, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      • Also Central MA, or metro Boston’s ‘burbs.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        September 18, 2014 at 9:05 PM

  4. Just FYI, a good marinara needn’t (and probably shouldn’t) have either tomato chunks or onion. That’s not how the Neapolitans do it. If you want a really outstanding Marinara, get the one at TJ’s (in the bright green can) . Unbelievably rich. Add Thyme or Oregano to taste. I don’t know why restaurants don’t just use it routinely, but I guess they have to buy from Sysco.

    Chris Columbus

    September 18, 2014 at 3:22 PM

  5. There are dozens of these places in any major American city, at least any major American city on the west coast. When I visited Manhattan recently there were interesting things to see, but distinctive cuisine wasn’t one of the major attractions. I struggle to think of the restaurants you will find in Manhattan that you won’t find in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego or LA.


    September 18, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    • Exactly- the only thing he would be is $3.00 because you could go to a local Italian restaurant in almost any town and get the same thing for $6-7

      Cluster of Grapes

      September 18, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    • Manhattan is a convenient hellhole that is overpriced for SWPLs who find it convenient to have just about everything at their fingertips.


      September 18, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    • “I struggle to think of the restaurants you will find in Manhattan that you won’t find in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego or LA.”

      Yeah, only all the good ones.


      September 18, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      • But most people aren’t foodies. They can’t tell the difference. Only foodies need to live in N.Y.C., and apparently the Lion isn’t a foodie.


        September 19, 2014 at 8:34 AM

      • Pete – I already have plans to finish the restaurant itinerary before I leave NYC. Try as much restaurants I can before the place sinks into a crap pit.


        September 19, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      • Restaurant maniacs in NYC are usually the Wall St crowd and the baby boomers with means. Oh, also women who spend all their money eating out. Other than these folks, most people in NYC aren’t die hard foodies.


        September 19, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      • And speaking of pasta, there are places in Manhattan that will make Italian grandmas turn in the graves. How about a plate of pasta that will cost you $300 at Nello’s?


        September 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      • Indeed, pasta was intended to be a cheap staple food.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 19, 2014 at 10:02 AM

  6. Yeah, but Chef Boyardee has awesome jingle commercials from the 1960s. We used to sing it like this:

    We’re having Beefaroni
    It’s made from old baloney
    Beefaroni’s full of meat
    Makes you vomit in the street
    Hurray! for Beefaroni


    September 18, 2014 at 3:32 PM

  7. I drove the 1.5 miles home for lunch today and had a homemade grill cheese sandwich while laying on the couch in my underwear watching ESPN.

    E. Rekshun

    September 18, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    • ^ Is that prole?

      E. Rekshun

      September 18, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    • Proles lay on the couch. SWPL lie on the sofa.

      Mark Caplan

      September 18, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      • What if I lie on the chesterfield?


        September 19, 2014 at 7:41 AM

      • what about on a eames chaise?


        September 19, 2014 at 3:36 PM

  8. I am not toos but I always knew Chef Boyardee was prole.

    In David irving/Wallechinsky’s book , one of the favorite last meals of executed criminals was Spagetti-o’s.

    Non-proles are never executed in America. That means Spagetti-O is prole and chef boyardee runs in the same line so it is also prole.

    So I never touched it with a six-feet pole.

    toos is god

    September 18, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    • Chef Boyardee was probably a high quality business producing decent pasta before it was sold to a corporate company, and even the large food companies in America 40 years ago, wasn’t producing low quality poisonous food that you find at the supermarket aisle today.


      September 18, 2014 at 7:44 PM

  9. “…despite the pretentious name.”

    BOCCA CUCINA means kitchen mouth. I suppose that’s better than BOCCA PENTOLA (potty mouth).

    Mark Caplan

    September 18, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    • Then there is a restaurant in Auckland named Pompino. I’m sure it gets some double takes from Italian visitors but they probably wouldn’t want to eat there.


      September 19, 2014 at 8:50 PM

  10. I think TOOS is closer to Prole than it is to elite.

    I don’t think TOOS would mind eating chef boyardee at all, with a nice glass of san pellegrino or gerolsteiner.


    September 18, 2014 at 8:01 PM

  11. Hamburger helpers are cheap and very delicious depending on the flavor, all you need is ground beef, milk and a box of the stuff and a good meal can be had in 15 mins. Whenever I eat Chef Boyardee I always add real tomato sauce to it either way, but I try not to eat canned foods in general nowadays (occasionally canned tuna).

    My mom got paranoid about anything canned and so I’m a bit paranoid about it too, haven’t researched it enough to decide, but fresh seems to be the way to go.


    September 18, 2014 at 8:25 PM

  12. Go to Maggiano’s. The Marco’s Meal for Two is a great deal ( ) and the food is excellent.

    Dave Pinsen

    September 18, 2014 at 8:43 PM

  13. Ellison is retiring from Oracle. Want to guess what he does next?

    He’s too alpha to spend most of his time on SWPL causes; he bought Hawaiian islands for God’s sake. I Expect him to focus on leisure activities, splashy luxury goods, and womanizing.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    September 18, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    • He’ll fund his daughter’s films, and they’ll fight so much that he disowns her and says to her face that she’ll never amount to anything.
      And this will be the fulcrum she uses to dominate Hollywood for the next 30 years.

      Half Canadian

      September 19, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    • Aye. A mighty socialite she is.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      September 19, 2014 at 9:12 PM

  14. Very fast, easy and cheap to make your own first-rate sauce. It’s tasty and worth a try.


    September 18, 2014 at 9:52 PM

  15. NAM cyclist kills a SWPL pedestrian in Central Park inadvertently:


    September 19, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    • I was thinking about blogging about that.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 19, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      • even the wealthy negroes can’t help themselves from killing white people. truly a violent race.


        September 19, 2014 at 5:42 PM

  16. New York has some inexpensive, tasty places to eat, e.g., The Meatball Shop, The Shake Shack, S’Mac, etc. There’s a Shake Shack here in north jersey now.

    Dave Pinsen

    September 19, 2014 at 8:04 PM

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