Viaggio Tapas Newsday Article

Viaggio Tapas is a new small-plates restaurant in Rockville Centre, December 2014. (Credit: Viaggio Tapas)

Here’s a late-breaking entry to 2014’s crop of small-plates restaurants: Viaggio Tapas is open for dinner in Rockville Centre.

The restaurant is a collaboration between Hartley Parish and Roseann Vercillo. They have transformed the space that used to house The Manhattan Bar & Lounge. Now it’s all rustic wood, subway tiles and copper pots — plus hooks at every bar stool for womens’ handbags.

Viaggio’s menu comprises about two dozen tapas, ranging from shishito peppers with black Maldon salt, wild mushroom croquettes with truffle aioli, grilled octopus and grilled lamb chops. Prices range from $7 to $16.

There are also oysters, salads, soups, “boards” (of cheese and meat) and large plates to share: grilled vegetables, meat or seafood ($48 to $56) or vegetable, meat or seafood paella ($36 to $42). Jaramillo noted that this is authentic Valencian paella, made to order with imported bomba rice in a shallow paella pan and evincing the distinctive crust, the “soccarat,” that is the mark of a true paella.

Viaggio’s wine list is mostly Spanish and Italian, with almost everything available by the glass. You can also order a “porron” ($15), a bulbous glass carafe with a pouring spout that promotes sharing because it allows imbibers to pour wine directly into their mouths without touching their lips to the glass.

Viaggio Tapas has also added a brand New Wine and Cheese Bar directly next door in there Copper Room. The Grand Opening was Wednesday February 22nd.  We are proud to say that aside from the fantastic Tapas dishes we already offer we are also adding some of the most unique cheese and cured meats all imported directly from Spain as well as some amazing red and white wines that we feel pair perfectly with the menu we have put in place.  Our Wine and Cheese Bar will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4-9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 4- 10 p.m.


Viaggio Tapas is at 324 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre, 516-208-7789

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