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La Boca owners Steven López and Elizabeth Rice met in 2005 on the job in an Old Town Alexandria, Virginia restaurant. There they discovered that they shared a love of cooking, eating, laughing and life. They were married in 2011.
From the early days of their courtship, the two got great joy from planning and executing a meal, and collaborating to create the very best plates. It was in these years that they decided their obsession with cooking might someday become a business, one they determined must be named "La Boca" (in Spanish it means the mouth) - the very starting point of taste.
On July 5, 2012 La Boca first opened its doors. Since its inception, it has been the mission of La Boca to provide customers with consistently delicious food and excellent service. Customer requests, the four seasons, and research (eating and reading) all influence the changing menu at La Boca.
On January 19, 2016 - during our annual closure for adventure & rest- we welcomed our first child, Vida Catherine Lopez-Rice. She is a delight in every way, and has already begun to master whisking!
On May 3, 2017 opened our new shop on Main Street and two months later, 7/5/17 the 5th anniversary of the bakery opening, we opened our own dinner restaurant. You can visit the restaurant site by clicking here!
On January 15, 2019 we expect to welcome a new member of the family, check back for pictures!