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Does anyone remember the restaurant Cappuccino's in Newton?

mk24 Aug 3, 2011 07:30 AM

Cappuccino's in Newton closed in the 90s I believe, they used to have the best white sangria made tableside with whole oranges etc. Does anyone happen to know how it was made? I recall maybe Prosecco and Brandy/Grand Marnier. Would love to recreate it for a 50th birthday party. (It was near the intersection of Walnut and Beacon). Thanks!!!

  1. CocoDan Aug 4, 2011 05:24 AM

    White sangria at the Ashmont Grill is excellent. Pretty sure they serve it all Summer. "Try it, you'll like it."

    Ashmont Grill
    555 Talbot Ave, Dorchester Center, MA 02124

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      hoolese Aug 3, 2011 07:09 PM

      I have had great white sangrias at Channel Cafe in Fort Point.

      1. MC Slim JB Aug 3, 2011 10:20 AM

        There was a Cappuccino's in Coolidge Corner, approximately where Yasu is now. And there was a third outlet in Porter Square. They were empty so many nights for so many years I just assumed they were money-laundering operations.

        It was also an early example in my experience of a restaurant name with a superfluous apostrophe-ess. I don't believe there was a Signor Cappuccino at the helm, after all.


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        1. re: MC Slim JB
          nsenada Aug 3, 2011 12:37 PM

          Yes, that's the one I remember going to. If I remember right, they served their pasta in giant blue and white porcelain bowls.

          1. re: MC Slim JB
            Madrid Aug 3, 2011 03:15 PM

            as I recall, they called themelves, as it were, "Capuccinos"...didn't even spell it correctly.

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              MC Slim JB Aug 3, 2011 04:48 PM

              I think that version actually makes more sense than Cappucino's, though their intention was probably to imply the possessive.


            2. re: MC Slim JB
              Blumie Aug 4, 2011 07:55 AM

              My understanding is that all of the money laundering in the Newton Four Corners area is now handled by South Pacific.

              1. re: Blumie
                hiddenboston Aug 4, 2011 09:03 AM

                And the poaching of ducks at nearby Crystal Lake.

            3. CocoDan Aug 3, 2011 10:01 AM

              Yes. We remember. Used to take my daughter there when she was at B.C. Liked it just fine. Very good sangria, but don't know the recipe.

              1. Science Chick Aug 3, 2011 08:21 AM

                I remember Cappuccino's in Brookline in Coolidge Corner......? Same place or owners?

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                  mk24 Aug 3, 2011 08:27 AM

                  I believe this was the same owners. The one I'm referring to is very close to where the Newton Whole Foods is now. Hoping someone who worked there (or went a lot) remembers how to make the Sangria. Thanks.

                  1. re: mk24
                    hargau Aug 3, 2011 08:37 AM

                    yea it later became a Vinny Testas. Was a horrible place!

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                      Blumie Aug 3, 2011 09:36 AM

                      And after Vinny Testa's it was a Naked Fish, wasn't it, and then some other bad faux Italian place? Now it's this place:


                      1. re: hargau
                        lipoff Aug 3, 2011 08:26 PM

                        Yes, I remember it too. Right in Newton Four Corners. Cappuccino's, Vinny Testas, Naked Fish, and Apgujung have all been horrible! A cursed spot?

                        1114 Beacon St, Newton, MA

                        Naked Fish Restaurants
                        455 Totten Pond Rd Bldg 1, Waltham, MA 02451

                        Four Corners Restaurant
                        130 Nauset St, New Bedford, MA 02746

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                          random amblings Aug 4, 2011 11:42 AM

                          And before all that, it was Emerson's Steak House!

                        2. re: hargau
                          Isolda Aug 4, 2011 08:02 AM

                          We used to call Vinny Testa's "Vinny Testosterone's" because of the massive portions of horrid food they served. Went there once. Once was all it took.

                        3. re: mk24
                          hiddenboston Aug 3, 2011 09:53 AM

                          Yup, same owners. And I went to both. I was a little kid when I went so it seemed good back then, but who knows...

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