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What to Order at Il Capriccio?

Getting ready to celebrate my stepdaughter's graduation at Il Capriccio. Any suggestions on what you've really enjoyed and that we shouldn't miss? Please also let me know about desserts. Thank you!

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  1. Recently they had Rabbit Ravioli which was exceptional. I don't know if they are still carrying it.

    1. Any other suggestions? I'm now wondering if I made a mistake and should have made reservations at Campania.

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      1. re: DaisyM

        No mistake. The menu changes, so it's not easy to fix on stand-by dishes. One stand-by, though, is the bolognese, either in lasagna or over tagliatelle. It's always very very good. I have had a chicken soup with dumplings there that made my head spin (but in a good way), but I haven't caught it on the menu in a long time.

        1. re: Momeaux

          The mushroom souffle is probably the one signature dish that has always been on the menu. It is out of this world - very rich and easy to share.

          Friends went recently and raved about both duck and lamb dishes but as noted menu changes frequently (except for that souffle - yum(:.

        2. Thank you! This is an important celebratory dinner for my family and I just want to make sure the food will be very good. Thank you!

          1. Thank you! This is such a special dinner for my family and I just want to make sure I picked a good place. Thank you for your input.

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            1. re: DaisyM

              I had an appetizer of zucchini blossoms, deep fried with ricotta cheese, drizzled with honey......amazing.

              I can't remember the halibut dish I had for dinner, but it too was tremendous.

              1. re: mcel215

                Thank you for telling me. We'll be sure to have the mushroom soufle and the zucchini blossoms if they are on the menu that evening.

                1. re: DaisyM

                  Wouldn't it be too early for zucchini blossoms right now? I think they don't come out until the summer.

                  Enjoy your dinner. Hope you'll post back to let us know what you had.

                  1. re: DaisyM

                    Here are two links to their menu:

                    I hope it's accurate, as they change it a few times a year.

                    or here:

              2. I second (or fifth?) the mushroom soufflé!

                I was there a last month and if you are lucky, they will still have some Massa Vecchia Aleatico 2004, a RED Tuscan dessert wine, on their wine list. The owner is a noted Italian vinophile and makes several trips to Italy each year. Aleatico is a red mutant of the white grape used to make Moscato d'Asti. Apparently they don't make this every year, and only a couple of barrels worth when they do. It's a revelation. ~$60/half bottle. Not the sort of thing you will find on the shelf at Gordon's next door.


                1. Thanks so much. I was starting to stress about this dinner. There's a lot of pressure when you are the stepmom. I appreciate everyone's remarks.

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                  1. re: DaisyM

                    Please make sure you report back!

                    I would love to hear about your visit.

                  2. A HUGE thanks to everyone! The dinner was absolutely terrific. It was even better then I had hoped for. It seemed we ordered everything on the menu. The porcini soufle was fantastic and they did have the blossoms which two of us ordered. Again terrific and very special. Special mention for the chocolate and carmel bread pudding...served warm with ice cream ,it was just heavenly. Also, I had a chicken dish with artichokes and a leek and potato strudel. I can honestly say it was the best chicken I have ever had. It was just a perfect place for the celebration. Everyone went on and on about the meal....even still talking about it today. Thank you again for first suggesting it and then for making me feel like it was the right place. I don't know if we'll ever be going back to Waltham since she graduated...but if we do....we will absolutely be going there.

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                    1. re: DaisyM

                      I'm glad it all worked out and thanks for the report. I may have to head over there soon as porcini souffle and zuchini blossoms just sound too good!

                      1. re: DaisyM

                        So glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the feed back. Good or bad - we like to hear what others think about our recommendations - or pans.

                      2. I finally had the chance to try Il Capriccio out last week. It was my birthday, and when the restaurant called earlier in the day to confirm the reservation, she asked if it would be okay to put a candle on the dessert (what a nice gesture).

                        When we arrived, I was surprised how full the restaurant was, considering it was a weekeday. They had decorated our table with some b-day confetti!

                        I ordered the porcini souffle, which was as good as everyone has mentioned. But I do find it too rich and too much. I think 1/2 of the portion would be plenty, given how heavy it was (and the sauce). Sadly, there was no zucchini blossoms.

                        For my entree, I had a lobster and clam gnocchi. It was fabulous. Chunks of lobster meat.

                        Lastly, I had a lemon mousse for dessert topped with candied lemon peel. The peels were so delicious.

                        Service was great, not intrusive yet never a mis-step or half-emptied water glass. Overall, a very very good experience there.

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                        1. re: y2000k

                          Happy Birthday and so glad you enjoyed it. I tis my birthday go-to place as well. Sounds like you ordered well. The mushroom souffle is rich and generous as you noted. We always make sure it is ordered for sharing, as one order for one person is quite substantial. If you are a wine drinker, did you get to peruse the ginormous wine list?

                          1. re: Northender

                            Unfortunately, I don't drink alcohol, and my husband is a beer drinker.

                            He happily helped himself to 1/2 of the porcini souffle.