I went to Capone's in Union Square for the first time last week, to try some of their fresh pasta and their sauces. I have since made another trip (which shows I was pleased with what I got the first time!) On the first trip we picked up the fresh egg pasta, the saffron pasta (both cut into papardelle) and some basil pesto. We also picked up the swiss chard ravioli (frozen) and the Florentine ravioli (also frozen.) The egg pasta is lovely--great texture, nice and fresh, was just what I had hoped. The saffron pasta tasted almost exactly like the egg pasta--I was a little disappointed. The pesto is very nice, but very very cheesy--some people might prefer more basil and less cheese in their pesto.
The raviolis were ok. The swiss chard ravioli was fine, but I had hoped for a stronger swiss chard taste, and it tasted like generic leafy green ravioli. Good texture though, which was nice. The florentine ravioli has no cheese, which was nice for me, since I'm lactose intolerant and try not to eat too much dairy at once. It was a little odd tasting--almost Asian or something--might've been the sweet peppers in it. Not quite sure. However, not a bad alternative for no cheese.
The second trip I picked up the egg pasta again (really liked it!), spinach pasta, and lemon pasta. Also picked up the plum tomato and basil sauce. The lemon pasta is FABULOUS. Distinctive lemon tang, great texture, and delicious with the sauce (which tasted just like the sauce I'd make if I had time.) I highly recommend it. The egg pasta was again just plain yummy, and the spinach was good but not particularly spinach-y.
Anyway, if you haven't been there, you should go--and it now has regular hours too, which it apparently never used to do. Oh ,and if you go, pick up some of their lemon-fig vinegar.
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