Nestled in a little brick building on Hancock Street in Quincy is a cozy joint where you can feel like part of the family for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. From Albania by way of Italy, the family behind the restaurant has drawn on their own history and wide culinary experience (from Le Cordon Bleu to Mike’s Pastry) to craft a warm, casual atmosphere and a down-to-earth menu that has something for everybody, drawing influence from all across the Mediterranean.
The menu at Rozafa is scratch-made and internationally inspired, but breakfast feels distinctly American, with diner-style favorites from short stacks to custom omelettes. The lunch menu has a few more stamps in its passport, with a variety of interesting salads, a long list of sandwiches, and creative pizzas. Dinner feels the most Mediterranean, with Italian influences dominating the Pasta/Risotto section and a vegetable-heavy Appetizer menu full of shareable and craveable plates. A selection of weekly specials offers whatever’s freshest in a seasonally-appropriate preparation.
The restaurant takes its name from Rozafa Castle in the family’s hometown in Albania (check out the photo behind the bar), and stepping inside feels a little like going home. It’s nothing fussy—the tables are simple, the art is minimal--but the warm wood tones and hodgepodge of wine boxes create a casual comfort that will put you at ease while you read your paper over breakfast or chat with your date over dinner. In the summer, the coziness extends outside onto the restaurant’s patio.
The bar at Rozafa is one of its newest features, with a stone backdrop framed by well-stocked wine shelves. Belly up for a local beer on tap or a bottled import while you watch the game, or sip a cocktail while you peruse the wine list for a reasonably-priced selection of old- and new-world vino by the glass and bottle.
There’s a sign over the bar that reads “Take Out,” which means you can enjoy your home-cooked family favorites from the comfort of your sweatpants. If you’re entertaining, check out their extensive catering menu.
1089 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169