Capone's: Best Prepared Entrees? 8/08
- opinionatedchef Aug 25, 2008 01:37 PM
Since I'm going to be checking out the Capone's empanadas soon, I pulled up their web site and saw a lot of prepared foods. Anyone have any "Yes" and "no" experiences to share about those entrees?
I am not a huge prepared food person, so I haven't sampled everything at Capone's. Of the things I have purchased I really like the following:
My dad is a big fan of the flat meatballs, but I haven't had them.
If you are thinking about sauces, I find the red sauce too sweet and bland, but the pesto is excellent. The rest of the sauces are too easy to make at home, so I haven't bought these either.
I've had their flat meatballs which are very good (and that is saying something since my grandmother's meatballs are the standard I compare to :-) ).
Their lasagna was ok, but I was not crazy about the sauce which seemed to have a green pepper flavor in it which I am not fond of.
Not a prepared food, but I have to mention that their Italian sausage is fantastic, highly recommended!
Second the following:
- pesto (though we tend to make our own)
- Amatriciana sauce (though we tend to make our own)
- cannolis (or kits)
- pizza dough
- their raviolis and gnocchi are very good
Disagree somewhat on the duck sausage/b-nut squash, but I chalk it up to personal preference, not faulty execution. It's just not a dish that's for everyone.
And as long as we're here, I'll also put in a plug for their meats and cheeses. Very nice selection of each. They have a roast pork in the deli case that they slice and which is great for sandwiches.
I was in the neighborhood yesterday and picked up a container of their white clam sauce and a pound of fresh lemon fettuccine, the clerk's recommendation for a pairing with that sauce. It was...OK, nothing great. The sauce was fairly tasty with a good garlic bite, but seemed to have a lot more filler than clams, and the lemon-flavored pasta just didn't strike my palate as a great foil for it. I might try it again with black pepper pasta on a "too lazy to really cook" night.
Thanks to helpful CHs, we have now become regular consumers of Capone's Duck Lasagna w/ Butternut Squash and Beschamel(rich, savory w/ a touch of sweetness) and Eggplant Parm. The latter really is the best I have ever had pre-prepared. Tastes just like it does in Italy.