June 28, 2022

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Cooking is a hobby

Alex Seidel opens Roca’s in the former Frontroom Pizza in Lakewood

Absent is the wall of regional athletics plaques below to keep is the stocked salad bar (with sneeze guards). Roca’s, the hottest salvation of a prolonged-standing Lakewood pizza parlor, opened Thursday for its neighborhood enthusiasts and other returning customers.

Previously this 12 months, Denver restaurateur Alex Seidel (Fruition, Mercantile, Chook, Fudmill) and chef Tim Bender (Comal, Osage Cafe) took above the area that had been occupied for additional than a few decades by Frontroom Pizza. They brought huge options to update the kitchen and eating area and overhaul the food stuff menu.

Now Roca’s is formally open for small business, serving slim-crust, tavern-design and style and thick-crust Sicilian-design pies as properly as residence-produced noodles in classic preparations — strozzapreti alla diavola, spaghetti alla vonghole, for case in point. The setting is cozy and charming, with paper over checkered tablecloths and ample brass and subway tile to truly feel modern day.

Roca’s Pizza & Pasta is the new neighborhood cafe in the former household of Frontroom Pizza in Lakewood. The menu involves house-made pastas and pizzas, as nicely as an authentic salad bar. (Josie Sexton, The Denver Article)

Go for your favourite comforting pasta dishes, as properly as for the moderately priced bottles of wine, and stay for dessert, particularly thick slices of tiramisu. And go forward and sidle up to that salad bar, a shock late-pandemic comeback, and an important spared relic from Frontroom. (Seidel’s spouse, Melissa, mentioned it also reminded her of childhood birthday functions at Pizza Hut.)