Rocco Cadolini owner of the chic Italian eatery ROC (located 1327 Bardstown Road, in the Highlands,) is already a presence in the neighborhood, with his high energy, charisma and of course his hip restaurant. This Sorrento, Italy native is passionate about food which translates to his menu that is Old World charm blended with American Modern; much like Rocco. Trained in Italy from a young age, Rocco Cadolini has not only learned the business, he has mastered it; bringing experience coupled with personality to his dishes. Rocco creates an energy and warmth to his namesake restaurant that is unsurpassable and many repeat clients come not only for the palate pleasing cuisine, but for the vivacious welcome Rocco provides for old friends and new faces alike.
Rocco has been in the hospitality business since the tender age of 14. He began his education at one of the best hospitality schools in Italy. Rocco had aspirations of Restaurant Management and worked summers in the Bristol Hotel to augment his education. At age 16, Rocco took a position in Lugano at the Five-Star Hotel Eden and worked diligently to learn both back of the house and front of the house skills, laying the foundation for the restaurateur he was to become. By 17 years of age, Rocco was ready to expand his experience by working outside of Italy and traveled to England to assume a front of the house position in a hotel restaurant. He returned to Italy with his new knowledge but was drafted into the Italian Army and had to put his career on hold to serve his country.
In 1989, Rocco Cadolini was discharged from the army and quickly resumed his career in the hospitality industry. In October of that same year, Rocco moved to the Big Apple, NYC. He started at Petaluma and quickly was promoted to manager at the iconic restaurant Elios’s on the Upper East Side where all the elite, who’s who, celebrities, famous athletes, actors, producers dined frequently. He eventually partnered with Elio to open his first baby, ROC Restaurant in trendy Tribeca April 2000 with a successful 17 year run. Rocco also owns Baci &Abbracci in the hipster Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY which is currently open. After many years in NYC, Rocco moved with his native New Yorker wife, Stacy and their two beautiful daughters Alessia and Sofia, March 2017 to open ROC Louisville.
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