Rocco's Italian Restaurant

Categories: Roadside Grill, Pizza, Family Restaurant

Contact Information

57331 Hwy 12
P.O. Box 357
Hatteras, NC 27943

Phone: 252-986-2150

Hours of Operation

Open Monday - Saturday: 11:00am-9:00pm

Sundays 4:00pm-9:00pm

Hours change in off-season (Call)

Meals served: Lunch, Dinner

Rocco’s Italian Restaurant is located in Hatteras Village. This large two-story eatery is a local landmark and a destination for visitors to the region. Enjoy a Hatteras Pizza or Sub in a spacious wood-paneled dining room, with a fireplace at one end.


  • Samples:  Sample
  • Health Department Grade:  99.5
  • Credit Cards:  MC, Visa
  • Attire:  Casual
  • Handicap Accessible:  Restroom
  • On Site Parking:  Yes
  • Serve Safe Certification:  Yes
  • Green Initiative:  Yes
  • Table Side Service:  Yes
  • WIFI:  Yes
  • Take Out:  Yes


This restaurant has a colorful history.  It was originally constructed as a hotel in 1947, and named ‘The Atlantic View Restaurant and Hotel.’  In 1976, Rocco Palla purchased the restaurant and converted it into a pizzeria.  Frank and Debbie found the restaurant for sale on the internet, and purchased it from Rocco in 2001.  Since then, they remodeled the second floor, where the original hotel rooms were located, into living quarters for the family. During Hurricane Isabel, the family was trapped on the second floor living area, as Hatteras Village was flooded by the Category-Two storm.

Chef Biography

Rocco's Italian Restaurant

Debbie Chislow and Frank Lihvarchik prepare all the food served in the restaurant.

Owner Biography

Rocco's Italian Restaurant

Debbie Chislow and Frank Lihvarchik are the owners.  Both are from Pennsylvania; Debbie hails from Portage, outside of Johnstown, and Frank grew up in Patton.  Prior to moving to the island, they were in the insurance business.  Debbie has a love of animals and is involved in a spay-and-neuter initiative on the Island.

Specialties & Additional Menu Options

  • Menu Seafood: 

    Steamed shrimp, Crab/Shrimp Dip, Fettuccini with Crab

  • Course Specialties: 

    Bread sticks with cheese, hot wings, cheese steak, lasagna, and fettucine alfredo!


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