Simple laziness has spurred many culinary inventions, including the sandwich, the blender, and the pizza, which was invented as a way to wheel heavy ingredients from place to place. Transport your palate with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian fare at Capri Ristorante Italiano in Mill Creek.
Chefs Jose Rodriguez and Arturo Beltran of Capri Ristorante Italiano hush stomach growls with a menu of signature Italian dishes accented by house-made sauces. Palates celebrate the opening ceremonies with a slew of appetizers, including the garlic bread ($5.99) dusted with bits of parmigiano or the toasted bruschetta slabs ($5.99 for lunch; $6.99 for dinner). Sizzling pans sauté main entrees, such as the chicken gorgonzola cloaked beneath a creamy sauce ($14.99 for lunch; $19.99 for dinner) or the nighttime exclusive vitello saltimbocca ($22.99), a cut of veal layered with prosciutto and sage. Ladlefuls of house-made meat sauce lend a savory flavor to bowls of spaghetti bolognese ($9.99 for lunch; $14.99 for dinner). Bartenders busy the full bar, filling glasses with wines and specialty cocktails that guests can sip inside the piano bar, which houses live acts on Friday and Saturday nights, or out on the patio, which graciously allows pet clouds to hover overhead.
Capri Ristorante Italiano
Faux marbled walls, stark white pillars, and gold- and burgundy-hued drapes create a stately dining backdrop inside the dining room of Capri Ristorante Italiano. An Italian mural is painted in vivid blues and whites on the domed ceiling, and chandeliers illuminate diners sitting in wrought iron and leather chairs, which is the seating style that 17th-century nobility would have envisioned being in spaceships. Notes from a piano float through the air as servers dispense classic Italian dishes such as meat-stuffed raviolis, chicken parmesan, and four-cheese pizza. Outside, a sculpture recessed in the marigold wall watches over al fresco diners, who also get a front-row seat on select nights for the area’s summer-concert series.