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Dec 11, 2006 06:40 PM

Where do you get your favorite caprese?

I recently had an o-k one at Guido's. [BTW, my friend told me that word doesn't have a very friendly connotation. I wonder why they named the resto that...] Other than the caprese, everything else was incredible.

If you have a favorite place where you get a caprese salad, let me know!

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  1. Don't hit me...

    (small voice) buca di beppo.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      I won't hit you, but uh...I don't plan on going to buca di beppo anytime soon.

    2. This is one of those dishes I never order out; so much tastier, cheaper and easier to make at home!

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      1. re: OCAnn

        really! do you have your own recipe?

        1. re: chica

          I wonder if I should post this on the home cooking board?

          All you need is fresh mozarella and some sweet tomatoes. Slice them up, tear some basil on top, drizzle some olive oil and salt to taste.

          1. re: OCAnn

            Yep, such an easy dish to make. I think a corse salt, like Kosher salt, is key. And I also season with a little fresh ground pepper.

            For those on the Westside, drop by the Santa Monica Farmer's Market on Saturdays or Wednesdays and pick up some heirloom tomatoes from Munak Ranch (out of Paso Robles). They'll only be available for another week or two. Their Brandywine and Persimmon tomatoes are incredible.

            1. re: OCAnn

              For a variation, drizzle balsamic vinegar on the cheese tomato combo, and then mince up some red onion and sprinkle that on top. And btw, buffalo mozza tastes best.

        2. I like Mi Piaci's in Pasadena. They slice up a tomato--the size of a grapefruit--and prepare it just perfect.

          1. Guido is also a common Italian first name, as well as slang for anything that is a throwback to "Saturday Night Fever" (male big hair, gold chains, etc.). It's not as bad a word as others.

            On the subject- where's a good place for housemade mozz?

            (and if you say Bucca di Beppo I will hit you with one of their oversized meat-rocks)

            IMHO Insalata Caprese is only as good as the freshness of the cheese.

              1. re: gourmetla

                I agree, re Antica.

                (Also if you have to make it at home, Costco has a big thing of baby mozzarella balls floating in whatever, not too expensively and they're quite good.)