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Rocco's Shuttered by the DOH, Tourists Pissed

La dolce vita?  Not here!
La dolce vita? Not here!
Lauren Shockey

Rocco's, every tourist's favorite Bleecker Street pasticceria, was shuttered by the Health Department a couple weeks ago, "due to an expired permit." They promised that they'd reopen shortly. Well, the shop remains closed, and people are p-i-s-s-e-d.

Getting feisty!
Getting feisty!
Lauren Shockey

The graffiti on the official notice reveals many loving sentiments toward the store, including these highlights:

-- "I'll take a dirty Rocco's over a spanking clean Starbucks any day" (followed by "Me too!" and "Me three!") -- "I hate this Gestapo bullshit" -- "You ruin everything" -- "I love rats, rodents -- Many iterations of "I love Rocco's" -- And an opposing view, "Wash your hands, assholes"

Controversy! Rocco's isn't the best Italian pastry store in town, but they do make lovely hazelnut and lemon ices, and since summer -- and, thus, primo frozen dessert season -- is approaching, let's hope the shop resolves its issues and gets back on track soon.

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