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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?
thanks much.

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    smtucker RE: opinionatedchef Aug 25, 2008 01:45 PM

    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:

    vegetable lasagna
    duck sausage
    cannoli kits
    pizza dough

    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.

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      finlero RE: smtucker Aug 25, 2008 05:37 PM

      The duck sausage dish is amazing, with butternut squash and sage butter. I always have at least one package on hand throughout the winter. Tip 'o' the hat to chowhound Bella_Sarda for putting it on my radar.

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      phoebek RE: opinionatedchef Aug 25, 2008 05:24 PM

      Agree with smtucker about some of the sauces (marinara, plum tomato), but the putanesca sauce has a nice bite.

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        smtucker RE: phoebek Aug 25, 2008 05:48 PM

        Oh, I will try it. My primary eating partner doesn't like it, but leaves one night per week. Perfect opportunity for me!

      2. poptart RE: opinionatedchef Aug 25, 2008 06:29 PM

        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!

        1. franksnbeans RE: opinionatedchef Aug 26, 2008 10:13 AM

          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.

          1. opinionatedchef RE: opinionatedchef Aug 26, 2008 10:04 PM

            thanks everyone for your help. i went today and got lots to try . will report later.

            1. BobB RE: opinionatedchef Aug 27, 2008 08:14 AM

              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.

              1. opinionatedchef RE: opinionatedchef Nov 4, 2008 09:44 PM

                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.

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