Wow, was this a great find! A nondescript restaurant you would never stop in if you saw it from the street. However, if you peered a little closer thru the window, you might have spotted the wood-burning oven in the corner. That's certainly not anything you find on Harlem Ave. in Elmwood Park.
I dined there with Wiv and the missus. The first thing we inquired about was what was cooked in the wood oven besides pizza. Our delightful waitress replied "nothing". Okay, so how were the baked clams. Excellent-as a matter of fact, at the end of the evening the staff eats them-baked in the wood oven. However, that's not done during the dinner hour. The Wiv proceeded to lavish all of his charms on the waitress, and finally after batting his eyelashes and producing a few tears, she agreed to cook ours in the oven also. They were the best clams we ever had. They freshly shuck their clams so there's no rubbery texture. And there's that briny flavor that only comes with fresh clams. The breading wasn't too thick and the flavors were just right.
We followed with a Caprese salad, which had outstanding fresh mozzarella, but very ordinary, tasteless winter roma tomatoes. If they used those ugly ripe heirloom tomatoes now available(Fox & Obel), they would really have a winner.
Ellen had an angel hair pasta with napoletan sauce(fresh plum tomato, basil & garlic). It was surprisingly tasty.
Did I mention the pizza? Considering how it's cooked, if you don't ruin the crust and use good ingredients, it will be an excellent pizza. Caponies does it right. We had a regular thin pizza(also available is extra thin crust which looked great and pan pizza)with sausage, mushroom, and garlic. The crust had a nice texture and taste. The sausage was so good it could be grilled and served in a bun with giardinera.
Located at 3350 N. Harlem
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