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Il Capriccio Review (Waltham) - long


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Il Capriccio Review (Waltham) - long

Tdaaa | Feb 28, 2005 08:06 AM

In short: Expensive, generally not worth the price.

Very nice dining rooms, separated by half walls with upper glass, helped keep the noise level down. Started with a beer at the bar while waiting for the other couple... they had my favorite (Dogfish head 90 minute IPA). Shared two appetizers and two salads among 4 people, everyone had an entree and desert.

The only exceptional dish was the porcini mushroom souffle... rich, dense with great chewy mushrooms and mushroom flavor (and this coming from someone who generally dislikes mushrooms). A small plate of the gnocchi with shortribs had chewy potato gnocchi and tasty but unexceptional shortrib meat.

Salads were beet endive and raddicchio which was good and blood orange and fennel with lots of blood orange.

Entrees: I had duck in wine sauce... unexceptional, leg portion rather dry.

Desserts: I had lemon tart with blueberries... was expecting fresh blueberries and got what tasted like canned blueberries in syrup. The lemon tart was not bad, topped with candied lemon peel which was the high point of the dessert. My wife got the chocolate bread pudding - very rich, dense, moist and chocolate.

Had a rather wonderful brunello with the meal. Wine list was extensive but expensive. Total for four with one bottle of wine was 320 - could have been better spent elsewhere, IMHO.

I would go back for the porcini souffle and salads and skip the entrees.

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