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Reliable Euro-esque outdoor dining in the heart of Stamford. Capriccio Café-Stamford, CT

3 Jun

You can tell when the weather is nice again because Capriccio Café on Bedford Street in Stamford is poppin’!  People sitting outside buzzing with conversation, enjoying some nice Italian food and wine, relaxing, and people watching.  Yeah, seeing the crowded outdoor dining on Bedford Street is a way better indicator of spring and summer than weather.com.

After we got to check out Zaza with Nick Racanelli Jr., we were jonesin’ for some food.  Capriccio Café has always been a nice go-to spot for dependable food in a nice atmosphere, so we were down to enjoy the beautiful night.  We started with one of our favorites, the antipasto misto.  A nice mixture (misto) of prosciutto, dry sausage, bresaola, speck, parmigiano, arugula, olives, and roasted peppers that’s big enough to share with two people.  Our favorite thing to do is take little bits of meat and cheese then stack that on the fork with the olive or the roasted peppers, then take a sip of wine.

For our meals, Kristien had the Gravina bruschetta and I had the Boscaiola pizza.  As our ritual, we take some shots of the food to make OmNomCT look oh so pretty.  Well, a funny thing happened.  One of the owners came by and said he just saw us talking with Nick Jr. at Zaza down the street.  We are pretty sure that he thought we were secret agents, working for Nick, ready to steal the recipes of Capriccio Café.  We assured him that we were just taking pics for our blog, but we’re still not sure if he believes us.  Do ya believe us now?

So, the Gravina!  Kristien’s face dropped in defeat after uttering the words just a few minutes before, “This will be a nice light dinner.”  Hahaha, no freaking way.  The thing was piled high and only cost $9.  I’ve got to hand it to her, she had lots of self control and didn’t knock it all down.  The bruschetta crust was nice and doughy, served cold, and was piled with gooey glops of goat cheese.  Fresh tomato chunks, soft cannellini beans, onions, and arugula all jived well together on top.  This dish would have been top notch if a real nice aged balsamic was sprinkled on top.  Instead, it was a good dish that could use a flavor spike, not a great dish.

My pizza, however, rocked it.  Ever since going to Italy, I’ve been obsessed with arugula and will even eat it alone now just for that peppery, earthy taste.  Whatever–don’t judge, don’t hate.  :)  Also for $9, you get a nice pie, served with tomato sauce, mozzarella, sausage, portobello mushrooms, and–damn skippy–arugula.  The crust was thin and crispy, setting off nicely with the earthiness of the mushrooms, the savoriness of the sausage, and the peppery taste of the arugula.  I had no problems at all devouring it.  They were light on the sauce, but I like it that way.  Too much and I feel like I’m swimming.

Later, when we finished, we talked with the same owner again because we noticed that Volta gelato was on the menu.  DING DING…after going to Bar Rosso we were mystified by Volta Gelateria Creperia next door.  Well, Capriccio Café is opening up Volta next door and we got a glimpse into what it will be like.

So, what it comes down to is you can always count on having a nice, quick, pretty cheap bite to eat at Capriccio Café.   Enjoy the nice spring, summer, and fall days sitting outside and watching the people stroll down Bedford Street.

Noms: 3.5

Cost: $$

Capriccio Café

Address:  189 Bedford Street

Stamford, CT

Phone:  (203) 356-9819

Site:  http://www.capriccio-cafe.com

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/Capriccio.Cafe



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New Neapolitan pizzas and sauce, same great down home Italian food! Nick’s Pizza-Stamford, CT

12 Feb

Did you know that Thursday is now the most popular day to go out and go crazy?  Well, we went our own kind of “married life crazy” by ordering delivery from Nick’s Pizza.  Nick’s has always been our go to place for good, hearty, classic Italian food.  Once again, they didn’t disappoint.  When I announced they were having a wine dinner, I told you about our addiction to their bread.  Yeah, there was plenty of it this time.  I even took a picture for you so you can join in my admiration and veneration of this holy manna.  Oh, in the picture?  That’s our doggy, Maynard.  He’s crazy in the head.

For my main dish I had one of their new, Neapolitan pizzas.  There were a nice handful to choose from, but I decided to go with the Boscaiola.  Imagine a nice, medium-thin crust that was still a bit chewy, not dried out at all.  Reminds me of the crust at Tappo, actually… which makes sense because the owners of Nick’s also owns Tappo.  Throw on some great quality fresh water mozzarella to form a nice thin layer over the crust, some flavorful tomato sauce, some ground beef, ham, peas, and mushrooms and you’ve got a killer pizza.  I really had no trouble chomping away on this…the flavors really went so well together.

Kristien had the baked cavatelli.  You won’t find it on the menu, but they’re  willing to fix things up for the customers.  The sauce seemed to be thicker, deeper, and had a good balance between salty and sweet.  We’re pretty sure this is a new sauce for them and we approve!  Plenty of cavatelli was smothered in the sauce and held together by beautiful amounts of mozzarella.  This is always a nice, comforting dish that’ll put a smile on Kristien’s face.

To help us digest it all we ordered our standard large antipasto.  Nice hefty amounts of lettuce are buried under slices of a ham/salami/provolone pinwheel, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers,olives, carrots, and pepperoncini.  The house vinaigrette is great and has the perfect mixture of oil and vinegar.  I love this dish because Kristien always lets me get the pinwheels so all that goodness is left for me.  Muahahahaha!

Our final verdict is that Nick’s remains a great, reliable place when you want great Italian classic foods.  Delivery is quick and it gets to your house nice and warm.  If you go to their restaurant to eat, you’ll probably feel like a family because lots of locals eat there.  One of my favorite memories was venturing out of the house last year when our house didn’t have power for a few days.  Nick’s was open and it was PACKED!  Well, that calmed me down a bit and made it all better.  I still didn’t have power and had to shower in cold ass water, but at least I had some good food to eat in the dark house that became symbolic of that week of my life!  Ciao!

Noms:  3.5

Price $$

Nick’s Pizza
Address:  522 Glenbrook Road
Stamford, CT
Phone:  (203) 324-4949
Site:  http://pizzarestaurantstamford.com

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