A Japanese Chef cooking Italian dishes? That’s what Capricciosa is. It’s amazing that Capricciosa started 31 years ago and already has 150 branches in 6 different countries including the Philippines.
Admittedly, I’m not fond of Italian food. However, a lot of my friends love pizza and pasta. I still try out Italian restaurants for the sake of it. Usually, I’m not impressed but it was a different case for Capricciosa. I actually liked each and every dish served to us!
What I noticed greatly is the awesome service. I know that I’ve been commending lots of restaurants with their customer service. I believe though that Capricciosa went a step further. The servers were friendly, super warm, super helpful and were all smiles. I actually like to see servers like that when dining in a restaurant. I’m glad that Capricciosa does have this great image. They will go a long way. With that kind of service, Capricciosa will surely have repeat customers and will continue to be successful.
My friend Christina and I ordered mostly their best-seller dishes. As both of us were dining for the first time, we might as well get their most loved dishes. We ordered the following:
- Fresh Garden Salad (Php 365)
Whenever I order salad, I make sure that it’s served with vinaigrette sauce. I’m never fond of caesar or any other thick dressing. Capricciosa’s garden salad was delightful! I love the combination of ingredients in the dish. There were red grapes, mandarin orange, crabsticks, onions and of course, the lettuce. A healthy alternative indeed from the usual appetizer that we order.
- Tomato Sauce with Garlic & Peppers (Php 365)
I loveeeeee this red pasta by Capricciosa. I guess putting tons of garlic in the dish made it so delicious! This dish has a simple recipe with only garlic, peppers, onions, pasta and tomato sauce as ingredients. I even took some home and I had the same feeling when I ate it again. If you love red sauce, then this should be your choice when you go to Capricciosa.
- Capricciosa Pizza (Php 485)
If a menu item is named after the restaurant then you bet that it would be delicious! Why would a restaurant name a dish the same way right? Well, we ordered Capricciosa pizza, a house specialty. It’s an Italian pizza topped with salami, bacon, mushroom and bell peppers. As it was served to us newly cooked, it won’t come as a surprise that we liked it! Yum yum!
- Single Scoop Ice Cream (Php 75)
I’m not sure if Capricciosa’s ice cream is home-made or commercially-made. They do have 4 flavors available – mango, strawberry, vanilla and chocolate. We ordered vanilla and strawberry. Just the right dessert to end a wonderful Italian meal.
Quiz nights are getting popular in the country. I was actually delighted to see that Capricciosa do host it every week. I wish I can join one time! Looks really interesting! I must find some friends who love trivia and will invite them to go with me to the restaurant one wednesday.
Ristorante Italiano Capricciosa
G/F Fox Square Building, 53 Connecticut Street, Greenhills, San Juan, Philippines