Bocca – the Italian restaurant that brought Helsinki to Tallinn

When walking around in Tallinn’s Old Town, one will encounter more Italian restaurants than restaurants representing other cuisines. Unfortunately, quantity does not always equal quality and the number of good Italian restaurants in Tallinn is still rather small. 


 Bocca fought for its position as the leading Italian restaurant in Tallinn and won it back. A long pasta list catches the eye when you open the menu. They make their own pasta and the restaurant has a convinced and growing fan club. 

 They use very common food ingredients to cook dainty meals. For example, their smoked salmon stuffed ravioli in caviar sauce is the chef de cuisine’s choice. Few restaurants in Tallinn offer dove and Bocca is one of them. 

 However, such ingredients are expensive and this makes Bocca one of the most expensive restaurants in Tallinn. Nicola Tanda has been Bocca’s chef de cuisine since its opening. He is an Italian who lives in Helsinki but works in Tallinn. This is one strange way of living since Helsinki probably does not have an Italian restaurant as good as Bocca in Tallinn.

Olevimägi 9, Tallinn 
Phone: +372 6117290 
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