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Capone foods in Somerville

anyone ever go here? Is it worth a look?

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  1. i have bought his lemon pasta for years but i do not care for his other pastas. he has a lot of other jarred and canned items that might interest you...

    1. I like the ravioli, great prepared sauces...beautiful cheeses and imported goods...

      Also, they are opening a 2nd location on Mass Ave in Cambridge -- sorta across from Verna's/Greek Corner

      1. They have pretty good frozen gnocchi in a number of flavors - you have to finesse the cooking a bit - make sure the water is really boiling before you dunk them in - but they come out pretty decent for frozen. So fast to make, so really convenient.

        I dressed their chive gnocchi with a little butter and herbs de Provence, salt and pepper and it was delish!

        They have a good selection of olive oils, balsamics and others and a good Italian meat and cheese deli case.

        Also, pretty friendly folks - will let you try things - it's a good neighborhood spot.

        1. Where are they located? Thanks!

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          1. re: heathermb

            They're in Union Square in Somerville - i think technically Bow Street?

            1. re: Bob Dobalina

              I hear they have a TON of pasta's but you j say the lemon is just good? What other kinds have you tried

              1. re: Caserta44

                I haven't had the lemon - I have tried the roasted red pepper, chive and black pepper gnocchi, all of which I found quite acceptable.

            2. re: heathermb

              On Bow St. in Union Square, Somerville. I lived across the street from them for 13 years so I know them well. Capone Foods (owner and chief counterman: Al Capone - yes, that's really his name!) moved there from Haymarket about 20 years ago. They make great fresh pasta, cut to order, in dozens of shapes and flavors. Black pepper is my favorite.

              Their house-made ravioli and sauces, sold frozen, are North End quality.

              For a small store they stock a remarkable variety of really good stuff, so much so that although I now live in Brookline I sometimes still make the pilgrimage back to Union Square when I need supplies for a really special meal. They have a top-quality (albeit somewhat limited, due to lack of space) cheese selection, ditto salumeria. They have bulk supplies of things like olives, capers and pickled peppers. They stock a number of bulk teas and fresh spices. Their canned and packaged goods are mostly but not entirely Italian imports - they're a good source for real San Marzano canned tomatoes at reasonable prices, and have one of the area's best selections of fine olive oils and balsamic vinegars, which they put out on Saturdays in little cups for tasting with bits of bread.

              Speaking of which, they have a mutual relationship with Clear Flour bakery - they sell Clear Flour breads, while Clear Flour sells their fresh pasta and sauce.

              All in all, a neighborhood gem!

            3. Capone's is great! My favorite is the Black Pepper as well. Love the cheeses too.

              1. BobB: Thanks for reminding me that Al Capone moved from Haymarket 20 years ago!Loved shopping there then. Regretfully, haven't been to the "new" Somerville location, but perhaps your post will get us there.

                1. Capone's is awesome. I live a few blocks away, and go almost every week. You can go there and put together a great meal without going to another store. It's especially great for dinner parties, because you can buy fixings for a great anti-pasti spread, fresh past for a main course, and a cheese board for desert. They cut the pasta to order from angel hair to papardalle, or you can get whole sheets to make lasagna or raviole. But living near capones has meant that I can cook nice dinners a few times a week. Most recently, I put together two meals: a small cheese board, and spinach fettucine with mushrooms and rosemary citrus cream. There are pictures of these meals on my blog. Check it out.


                  1. Am I seeing things or did I see a sign for Capone foods moving into a place on Mass Ave in North Cambridge? Has anyone else heard anything about that?

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                    1. re: gini

                      I saw that in passing too. Are they opening a new location or moving?

                    2. As already stated above, Capone's *is* in fact opening a second store (NOT moving) on Mass. Ave, north of Porter Square a bit. I want to emphasize how excellent the fresh, cut-to-order pastas are at Capone's. I don't think that has really leapt out of this thread as properly as it should have. It is very rare to find truly fresh pasta, and it is really a treat. The stuff you find for sale at Whole Foods in the refrigerated containers just doesn't cut it. However, I don't think Capone's *frozen* pasta offerings are that great. The gnocchi, for example, did nothing for me. So I would strongly recommend sticking with the freshly cut spaghetti, linguine, fettucine, pappardelle, fresh lasagna sheets, etc. If you are not sure which width to get, tell them what sauce you are thinking of and they'll give you a recommendation. I'm somewhat of a purist so I usually just go for the plain pasta variety, but again, if you are unsure tell them what sauce you are thinking of and they'll suggest a pasta flavor to go with. The pecorino stagionato cheese here is also amazing!!

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                      1. re: bella_sarda

                        I would agree with this. I grew up eating fresh homemade pastas. So I am not often satisfied with what I get at restaurants and won't serve the commercial brands from the supermarket. I don't buy the frozen pastas form capone's because I prefer to make my own stuffed pastas, and nothing hold up to my tia's homemade gnocchi. But the fresh pasta is really excellent. I think the flavors really can inspire your immagination, too. I've made the tarragon linguini with heirloom tomato creme, saffron fetucine with thick tomato sauce and pan-grilled shrimp, whole wheat fettucine with cabbage, sausage, and fontina, Lemon papardalle with Favas, pancetta, and pearl onions.

                        I through another dinner party last night with many ingredients from capone's. http://dinner-bell.blogspot.com

                      2. We had the lemon pasta yesterday with their frozen clam sauce. We all really enjoyed it. I also got the spinach pasta and the meat sauce, which we will try today.

                        It's great place around the holidays because you can get several fast options for dinners (and the price is fair). You can also pick up great host and hostess gifts or some bread and tapenade or cheeses to have on hand for when friends drop by for a drink or something.

                        Boston Family Foodie

                        1. We usually keep a stock of Capone's ravs and tortellini in the downstairs freezer for emergency "don't wanna cook" nights. Just had their sweet potato ravioli last week, in a bacon-mushroom cream sauce with the last of the fresh sage from the herb garden on the stoop.

                          1. Capone's also has a great selection of vacuum sealed cold cuts. Cheap and good!