Brick oven pizza, homemade pastas, house wine… you may think food of this description would be found in Boston’s North End, but you’d be wrong. Enter Capo Restaurant– the newest restaurant on the South Boston dining scene and from the team that opened two of Southie’s most popular restaurants-bars, Lincoln and Loco.
Capo is a rustic Italian restaurant located on West Broadway, just a few doors down from sister restaurant Lincoln. The restaurant is stunning and very much lives up to it’s concept of rustic. Exposed brick, warm wood floors and even a fireplace make it cozy despite being a very large space. The restaurant also features a two floor kitchen. The top floor on the dining level being a gorgeous open kitchen where you can view all the actions of the prep kitchen, such as their homemade pasta. Capo has two large bars, perfect for saddling up to try some of their house white, red or rose wine.
After talking about wanting to try it since it’s February opening, I finally made it to Capo last Thursday night with two girlfriends. We were able to get a reservation for a post-work dinner a few days ahead of time and we were glad we did as Capo was very full-despite being so big! We all really couldn’t stop exclaiming about how big the restaurant was, which is usually pretty rare for city spots.
As we sat down, we all started talking about the menu and really didn’t know where to start as it all sounded so good! Our waiter made the suggestion that anyone who is first trying Capo has to try their pasta and their pizza- so we easily went along with that. For starters, we ordered the lobster arancini and the roasted mushroom pizza. Both were delicious! I am a big fan of arancini in general, and these were chuck full of lobster meat which made them a total winner in my book. The roasted mushroom pizza was also great, as is my feeling about just about anything that includes truffle oil 🙂
When it was time to order dinner, we really didn’t want to be tied to one entrée so we decided to order a few and split them. It was a really good way to try a bunch of the menu. Capo also offers half size portions of their pasta making it easy to have pasta first before your entrée or to share it as a side. We ordered the chicken parmigiana, rigatoni Bolognese and linguini vongole. The chicken parm was really good- it was so tender, you could literally cut it with your fork. Which isn’t always the case with restaurant chicken parm- you all know what I am talking about with the really tough chicken parm you sometimes see at obviously less delish restaurants. We were also all big fans of the Bolognese. I really liked the pairing of it with rigatoni.
The only disappointment from the night was the linguini vongole- also known as linguine with clams. It was one of the dishes I really wanted to try, but it left me wanting more. I couldn’t tell if there wasn’t enough sauce or if the sauce wasn’t flavorful enough, but we all agreed something was missing. The dish was chock full of clams though, so no skimping in that department. Maybe I’m just spoiled by the fact that my parents make such an amazing linguine with clam sauce… but either way with just one disappointment, the food was in general, delicious.
We couldn’t resist dessert after our server mentioned a dessert of three mini cannolis- since there were three of us, it was meant to be! The chocolate chip cannoli were the perfect sweet ending to a delicious meal.
Capo means Boss in Italian and I have a feeling Capo is going to be one of the new bosses in the Southie restaurant scene. I can’t wait to go back!