Our Story

Bocce brings the flavors and culture of Italy to Midtown Miami with authentic, regionally inspired Italian cuisine. Named the “Best Restaurant in Midtown” by the Miami New Times, Bocce is dedicated to producing and sourcing the best ingredients available reminiscent of classic markets throughout Italy.

Join us for our house-made pastas or delicious wood oven pizzas. Behind the bar, mixologists craft classic Italian cocktails like Negronis and our Signature Aperol Spritz. Or come by for Sunday Brunch where you will enjoy our fresh antipasti table, omelettes made-to-order, and house-made Italian pastries.

Our Design

The design of the 3,200 square-foot-space created by Cetra/Ruddy transports guests to the heart of Italy. Salvaged, antique tiles from Europe create a charming floor mosaic, while the textured rustic walls are decorated with vintage mirrors. On the ceiling-exposed wood beams hang over-sized rust-colored metal light fixtures, casting a perfect glow on the dining room, which seats 130 guests. All furniture – a chic patchwork of tables and chairs, benches and a stand-up counter – is made from a mix of salvaged or reclaimed wood. Outside, the front patio is lined by lush greenery and gorgeous cypress trees, truly bringing Italy to Midtown.

What is Bocce?

Bocce is played with eight large balls and one smaller target ball called “il pallino.” The object of the game is to roll your bocce balls closer to the pallino ball than your opponent.


The game consists of several “frames.” Toss a coin or otherwise select who will play first. The team that wins the coin toss pitches the pallino and then rolls the first bocce ball, trying to draw as near as possible to the pallino.

The starting team stands aside and does not bowl again until the opposing team gets one of their bocce balls closer to the pallino or runs out of bocce balls.

Play proceeds in this manner, observing the “nearest ball” rule. The team with the nearest ball stands aside and waits until the other team has the nearest ball or has used up all its balls in the attempt.

After both teams throw all balls, the frame is over. In each frame, only one team scores. One point is given for each bocce ball that is closer to the pallino than the opposing team’s bocce balls.

The team that wins the frame begins the next frame, which is played from the opposite end of the court.

The game continues until 12 points have been scored.