Capone's: Best Prepared Entrees? 8/08
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 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.
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'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!
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.