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A Mediterranean restaurant in historic downtown Centralia, WA.

Valentine’s Dinner 2014

Valentine’s Dinner 2014

$75 per couple

(beverages, tax and gratuity not included)

Appetizer (choose 1 per couple)

Cheese Plate

House-made Ricotta Salata, Gorgonzola, Pecorino Romano, Citrus olives, Handmade Bread Sticks

Crab Cakes

Tahini and Roasted Red Pepper Crab Cakes, Spinach Cream


Mixed Greens, Balsamic Fig Dressing, Frizzled Onion

Entree (choose 2 per couple)

~Truffle oil infused fresh handmade tagliatelle, chanterelle mushroom duxelles, cream, fried parsely

~Slow cooked Spanish style pork ribs, pork jus sherry cocoa reduction, potato torte, braised kale

~Pan seared wild sea scallops, Italian salsa verde, saffron pea risotto

~Braised duck hind quarter, root vegetables, squash goat cheese polenta

Dessert ~ Tartlet Trio

Chocolate Hazelnut, Pomegranate Curd, Ginger Coconut Cream

Spanish Food Cooking Class

Thursday, January 16th, 6:00-8:30pm I-5 South
Boccata – A Taste of Spain
Instructor: Chef Darin Harris, owner and chef, Boccata Restaurant, Centralia, WA

Chef Darin has spent 10 years as owner and chef of charming Boccata, an eclectically Mediterranean restaurant in the heart of Centralia. This evening he’ll explore the intriguing cuisine of Spain, starting off his menu with a Spanish Tortilla, the well-known torte made from potatoes, eggs and onion. A refreshing Orange and Tomato Salad, which also includes fennel, onions and pomegranate vinaigrette precedes Chicken with Catalan Picada Sauce, chicken breasts pan-roasted with spices, finished with an almond-chocolate sauce, served with saffron rice Boccata Restaurantand braised greens.Pecajoes, Spanish pancakes stuffed with Catalan cream is the memorable sweet finish to the meal.

New Year’s Eve ~ Join Us For Dinner

New Year’s Eve 2013

Service for two people $60

(beverages, tax and gratuity not included)


(choose one to split)

Fontina and Artichoke Fondue

          Flash Sautéed Garlic Calamari and Breaded Mussels


(choose one per person)

Classic Caesar or Greek Green Salad


(choose one per person)

Yellowfin Tuna and Prawns

Grilled tuna steak and prawns served garlic smashed gold potatoes, green beans and a caper white wine butter sauce

Stuffed Chicken

Chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto and goat cheese served with roasted spinach polenta and a tarragon cream reduction

Flat Iron Steak

Marinated with cracked pepper and rosemary, grilled and served with frizzled onions, green beans and garlic smashed gold potatoes

Mushroom Pasta

Penne tossed with Chanterelles, leeks and hazelnuts in a light sherry cream sauce

Dessert ~ Tiramisu

Carbonara ~ The Finest In Peasant Simplicity


The popular Roman dish Pasta alla Carbonara is certainly one of simplicity, whose success is based on quality of ingredients and a proper method of assembly. The history of Carbonara is a much debated subject, but most believe it was invented by the carbonai. This population made up of carbonaio – men who make charcoal – worked for centuries in the Apennine Mountains near the city of Rome. The carbonai camped outdoors for months at a time. Ingredients like olive oil, cured pork, cheese, dried pasta, salt and pepper were easily kept fresh without refrigeration. Local eggs were readily available from area farmers. All that was needed was a good hot fire, a pasta pot and a bowl.

The recipe provided here is the simplest and most classic preparation used by the charcoal makers of “the old days”. There are three options for pork products that can be used in this dish. Guanciale is the most classic, and to a Carbonara purest, THE choice. Guanciale is a salt and sugar cured “bacon” of sorts made from pork jowl. Some prefer to use pancetta, another Italian cured pork product made from the belly. If you can’t find either of these options then a good quality bacon will still produce a delicious dish. The cheese should be sharp and freshly grated. Pecorino Romano is preferred but a good quality Parmigiano-Reggiano is good too. Farm fresh eggs produce the best flavor results and they should be close to room temperature. I am not including any quantities for salt or pepper. Depending on your palate and your choice of pork product, the salt may not be needed, except for salting the water to cook the pasta in. Freshly ground black pepper should be added to suit your taste. 

1 lb dried pasta, spaghetti or linguine work best

4 large eggs

8 oz Guanciale, Pancetta or bacon

1 cup finely grated Pecorino or Parmigiano

Fresh ground black pepper and Sea Salt

Bring about 6 quarts of water to the boil in a large pot. When cooking dried pasta the water should taste as briny as ocean water. While the pasta water is heating, saute whatever pork you have chosen in a large saute pan until it is crisp, golden and the fat has been rendered. Turn off the heat. In a bowl whisk the eggs and cheese together until smooth. When the pasta is al dente (about 8-10 minutes), reserve 1/2 cup of the water and drain. Return the saute pan to medium heat and add the reserved water and pasta. Toss the pasta over the heat until most of the water has been absorbed. Turn off the heat and wait for the bubbling to subside. This part is very important, because if you add the egg/cheese mixture when the pasta is too hot the eggs will scramble. When the pasta has cooled, but only slightly, add the egg/cheese mixture and toss until thickened. The result should be a silky but slightly sticky sauce that clings well to the pasta. Season with freshly ground black pepper. Add additional salt if desired and serve. Enjoy!

*A note on adding cream to Carbonara – DON’T!!!


Italian Oyster and Wild Mushroom Stew


¼ cup olive oil

1 medium yellow onion diced

10 garlic cloves minced

¾ cup chopped fresh fennel bulb

1 ½ cup chopped wild mushrooms (shitake, oyster or chanterelle)

8 roma tomatoes diced

½ cup chopped Italian parsley

½ cup dry white wine

1 cup heavy cream

1 pound drained small oysters with the liquid reserved

Kosher salt

Coarse black pepper

  1. Heat a heavy bottom soup pot on medium high heat and add the olive oil, a few pinches of salt, onion, garlic and fennel bulb.
  2. Sauté this mixture until it begins to soften.
  3. Add the mushrooms and parsley and sauté for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the roma tomatoes and sauté until very soft.
  5. Stir in the white wine and reserved oyster liquid. Simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the heavy cream and bring back to a low simmer.
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  8. Add the oysters and cook until they begin to curl, about 2 minutes
  9. Ladle into warm bowls and serve.

This rich stew is great served on a cold autumn night with some nice crusty lightly toasted Italian or French bread drizzled with a bit of extra virgin olive oil. Pair this with a light dry Italian white wine.