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Where do you get your favorite caprese?

chica Dec 11, 2006 06:40 PM

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. Das Ubergeek RE: chica Dec 11, 2006 07:39 PM

    Don't hit me...

    (small voice) buca di beppo.

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      chica RE: Das Ubergeek Dec 11, 2006 07:47 PM

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

    2. OCAnn RE: chica Dec 11, 2006 07:44 PM

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

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        chica RE: OCAnn Dec 11, 2006 07:46 PM

        really! do you have your own recipe?

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          OCAnn RE: chica Dec 11, 2006 07:52 PM

          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.

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            JimN RE: OCAnn Dec 11, 2006 08:19 PM

            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.

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              pizzafreak RE: OCAnn Dec 12, 2006 12:26 AM

              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.

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          henrychan888 RE: chica Dec 11, 2006 08:12 PM

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

          1. julietg RE: chica Dec 11, 2006 11:54 PM

            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.

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              gourmetla RE: chica Dec 12, 2006 12:53 AM

              Antica in Marina del Rey

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                Cinnamon RE: gourmetla Dec 12, 2006 02:12 AM

                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.)

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                kproq323 RE: chica Dec 12, 2006 02:19 AM

                La Terza has an excellent one. Plump tomatoes, burrata cheese, fresh basil and just the right amount of Olive Oil. Have to say I could eat it as a light lunch. A little pricey, but definitely worth the treat.

                1. hrhboo RE: chica Dec 12, 2006 02:20 AM

                  La Buca has a spectacular version with burrata and speck.

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                    ashersa RE: chica Dec 12, 2006 02:50 AM

                    The Natural Gourmet on Van Nuys Bl in Sherman Oaks. No atmosphere, but the food is still delicious.

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