For a quiet cozy evening of fantastic dishes from Northern Italy, Capri is the place!
A nice change from loud bustling restaurants like Hal’s or Wabi Sabi, Capri is a little oasis of calm. So calm that during one evening a few months ago, a neighborhood cat wandered in to check things out and see who had ordered what. It’s that inviting! (He was quickly but politely asked to leave by the waitstaff. Something about the health department codes or allergies – poor kitty! He just wanted some of their fantastic halibut. Anyway…)
Last week, Capri proved a lovely location to celebrate my mother’s birthday. She had pasta with wild mushrooms – which was light to the taste and filling to the belly. Although I consider it to be a better suited dish for autumn, I had pumpkin ravioli with a sage sauce. Yum! My father enjoyed their fish special. Beware the bread – with its herby goodness it’s too good to leave any piece behind and the staff is very generous about refilling the plate!
I found their wine list to be well chosen and it is the only alcohol they serve. (although according to CitySearch, they serve beer. It’s not on the menu and I seem to recall a friend ordering beer once and being told they don’t have any. If that’s an issue – call ahead to find out.) We shared a bottle of Stag’s Leap Merlot which was priced fairly. There are many wines to be enjoyed by the glass.
Desserts are equally as irresistable as the herb bread, although they did not have my first choice – raspberry sorbet. We shared the berries with champagne and vanilla ice cream (divine), the creme brulee (which made me question why I have never tried creme brulee before!), and the flourless chocolate cake (heaven on a plate.)
1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
Phone: (310) 392-8777
(*There are some bad user reviews on CitySearch, which surprises me because I’ve been there many times and have never had a bad experience or bad food. The waitstaff IS a little layed back but that’s the atmosphere of Capri – it’s relaxing and you feel as if you want to take your time. If there were a bunch of harried waiters running here and there, I think it would kill the mood!)