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Il Capriccio, Waltham

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Il Capriccio, Waltham

GretchenS | Mar 22, 2004 10:30 AM

888 Main St, Waltham

I went to dinner at Il Capriccio in Waltham on Saturday night and it was wonderful. Since we had been at a cocktail party with nice hors-d’oeuvres, we skipped starters and just ordered mains. I had a lovely fat veal chop, perfectly cooked with a slightly rosy interior and beautifully seared exterior, and complemented by a lovely lemony emulsion. It was served on creamy white beans and accompanied by some fat, very flavorful asparagus and sautéed broccoli-rabe. One friend had the quail stuffed with duck, on a bed of polenta and with broccoli-rabe. I was able to negotiate a trade to try it – wonderful, succulent quail stuffed with cubes of duck and aromatics (no bread) – rich and delicious. Easily as good as mine, possibly even better. The other friend ordered the foie gras starter as her main and wasn’t sharing but said it was divine. It came with sautéed pears and caramelized onions iirc, and two fair-sized slabs of foie gras. Not sure I could handle that plus a full main course – it’s really big enough to split as a starter. Wonderful bread in the bread basket (slices of a boule) and we are all extremely picky about bread. Very nice service, solicitous without being overwhelming. The sommelier (Jean?) steered us to a delicious and fairly reasonably priced Barbera d’Alba that was a great foil to our food choices. She said these are the best values among Italian wines at the moment. We looked over the dessert menu purely for informational purposes – it contained a cheese plate from Formaggio Kitchen and five desserts that didn’t sound spectacular but looked really good as they arrived at nearby tables, plus a huge variety of after-dinner drinks. The espresso was excellent, lots of crema. The place was absolutely hopping but because the space is broken into smaller spaces by dividing walls just over head high, it was lively and full of buzz without being too loud. It had been two years since I went to dinner there but I won’t wait another two years!

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