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Aug 3, 2011 07:30 AM

Does anyone remember the restaurant Cappuccino's in Newton?

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!!!

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

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    1. re: Science Chick

      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

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

        1. re: hargau

          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

            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

            1. re: lipoff

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

            2. re: hargau

              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

              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...

          2. 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. 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

                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

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

                  1. re: Madrid

                    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

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

                    1. re: Blumie

                      And the poaching of ducks at nearby Crystal Lake.

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

                    1. 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