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Caserta44 Nov 3, 2006 04:09 AM

anyone ever go here? Is it worth a look?

  1. opinionatedchef Nov 3, 2006 04:33 AM

    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. MaineRed Nov 3, 2006 11:52 AM

      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. Bob Dobalina Nov 3, 2006 12:35 PM

        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. heathermb Nov 3, 2006 01:43 PM

          Where are they located? Thanks!

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          1. re: heathermb
            Bob Dobalina Nov 3, 2006 01:59 PM

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

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              Caserta44 Nov 3, 2006 02:02 PM

              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
                Bob Dobalina Nov 3, 2006 02:49 PM

                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
              BobB Nov 3, 2006 02:16 PM

              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!

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              foodieB Nov 4, 2006 02:01 AM

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

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                Suppo56 Nov 4, 2006 09:29 AM

                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. dinnerbell Dec 17, 2006 04:51 AM

                  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.

                  http://dinner-bell.blogspot.com

                  1. gini Dec 17, 2006 09:44 PM

                    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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                      SEH Dec 18, 2006 05:38 PM

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

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                      bella_sarda Dec 18, 2006 07:03 PM

                      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
                        dinnerbell Dec 20, 2006 12:11 AM

                        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. leahms Nov 24, 2008 11:53 AM

                        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.

                        Leah
                        Boston Family Foodie
                        http://www.examiner.com/x-1240-Boston...

                        1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Nov 24, 2008 12:00 PM

                          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.

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                            robertlf Nov 24, 2008 09:05 PM

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

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