The Short Order
Expect to see 2010 James Beard Award Best Chef of the Southwest nominee James Campbell Caruso checking the dining room at La Boca with his wife, pastry chef Leslie Campbell, and her partner in sweets, Sandra Nitschke. This is a chef-owner operation in which the nationally lauded chef is actually
in the house. Forget gimmicks, flash, and attitude; here you’ll find a warm welcome and big tastes on little plates in a Basque/Catalan bistro atmosphere. Recommended: New Mexico porcini mushrooms in wine sauce with garlic and queso reggianito; farmersmarket kale with garlic chips, pimentón-spiced potatoes, and smoky Spanish chorizo; Dixon peaches wrapped in jamón serrano; stuffed piquillo peppers; morcilla with aioli; chocolate espresso pot de crème; and almond cake with
Ratings range from 0 to 4 chiles. This reflects the reviewer’s experience with regard to food and drink, atmosphere, service, and value.