Drove out to Waltham to the bustling Il Capriccio on Sat. I'd called Fri. to see how busy they thought the bar would be at 8:00 and she said not bad, but there was a backup in the dining room and it was jammed with people waiting to be seated and needing drinks. Al seats in the bar area were filled, tons of empty glasses were waiting to be washed and while we were able to sit down in 5 min, we were smack in the middle of that craziness. But imagine what the poor bartender felt like. 30-40 min later tho, it settled down and the meal was great in any situation.
We split the small size of a rabbit ragout with some kind of pasta stuffed with spinach and prosciutto. Very interesting and tasty ($13). I would have had the sea scallops but since this was a b-day treat, I let my friend order them and they were incredible. Big perfectly done scallops served with a potato cake and rabe. My meal wasn't too shabby either, quail stuffed with duck on soft polenta w/ green beans. There were of course some small quail bones to contend with but it wasn't too bad, the duck taste wasn't really discernible but it was all good ($28 and $27). I was surprised that a place so known for its wines only had 3 whites and 3 reds by the glass but my soave was crisp (and cheap, $6) and my friend loved the barilla (sp?, $10), something you can no longer get. We split an apple crostata w/ cinnamon ice cream which was good but not great and desserts seemed over priced at $9 and $9.50. A friend of mine cooked there ages ago when they were in the smaller location and the bartender and sommelier were remembering him fondly. It was a good time but go on the later side when Walthamites go home for the nite.