Il Capriccio
Il Capriccio

Il Capriccio

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilcapricciowaltham.com/
  • Phone: (781) 894-2234
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Richard Barron
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Il Capriccio offers a number of options for small private parties. We have a downstairs room that seats up to 10 guests, a back room that seats up to 12 guests and a front room that accommodates up to 30 guests. We normally reserve private parties on weekday evenings only.
  • Private Party Contact: Nahatai Harris 7818942234

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Prospect St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Il Capriccio shares a parking lot with Gordon's Wine & Liquors. If that lot is full you may park in the Hannaford Supermarket Lot on the side adjacent to the Bank of America. Please do not park in the Bank of America parking lot. You will be towed.
A word from Il Capriccio
Il Capriccio serves a constantly changing Northern Italian menu featuring local products with an award winning Italian wine and Grappa list. Though long considered a local secret, Il Capriccio has been the number one Northern Italian restaurant in Zagat's for the past seven years. The wine list has been featured in Decanter, Sante, Wine & Spirits and Stuff. The same menu is served in the Bar. We like to serve great food and great wine in a comfortable setting.
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Il Capriccio reviews from OpenTable diners
177 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (123)special occasion (118)notable wine list (98)neighborhood gem (92)romantic (62)good for groups (30)vibrant bar scene (9)hot spot (7)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • After turkey, lasagna bolognese ....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    It's cold outside, you cooked all week, and you want a change-up from Plymouth Plantation fare. Get thee swiftly to Il Capriccio for an Italian fix. Start with charred octopus over soft polenta; crabmeat-stuffed shrimp; yellow fin tuna tartare. Move on to classic lasagna bolognese or lobster risotto. Finish with a perfectly grilled sirloin. Wash it all down with a big red from the restaurant's exhaustive list. You won't have to eat turkey again for another year ....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite place-always the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I am thrilled to give feedback on my latest visit. We are regulars at il capriccio and have always had the best meals and wines , have been impressed with the service and enjoy the atmosphere. The Menu is always changing so we look forward to seeing and trying what is new, we are never disappointed. We have met Richie when we requested a special order and he is so friendly, he aimed to please. Love reading his ever changing Patriots comments on the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty close to perfect
    LincolnMAVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Great meal. Great Service. Incredibly knowledgeable wine staff. We had a discussion with the Sommelier about what we were eating and what sorts of wine we generally liked and she recommended a wine that had very recently arrived and was not yet on the list. It was perfect......
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Completely Satisfied
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Excellent overall experience. Appropriately priced. Diverse menu, with food well prepared and quite tasty.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JambolaVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Unbelievable wine list with very fair prices. The service staff is top notch and the food unparalled.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Another great meal. The chef pays real attention to available ingredients, preparation is perfect and both the wine list and service are outstanding. We have been out of town frequently this fall and always relish an opportunity to dine here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Dinner!
    SuekayVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food at Il Capriccio is always cooked to perfection. Never disappointed with anything here! I had mussels and the grilled swordfish. Both were amazing. The Grilled Octopus appetizer is to die for! Highly recommend this gem of a restaurant! Service is terrific and everyone is so friendly and accommodating. To top it off, I left my Iphone on the table and the Hostess came running out with it as we were driving off. That is what I call, going to above and beyond!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good evening
    SpinnerVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had a pretty good evening at Il Capriccio. We had not been there for several years, and the decor seemed better than last time. The food was nicely done. Overall, Il Capriccio is acceptable, but will not be one of the restaurants that we frequent. Maybe occasionally during the summer.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BigAl
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We hadn't been here for several years and were surprised to find it cozy with a buzz and still able to hear our dining companions. We loved the porcini souffle and the lasagna bolognese! And the pistachio semi-freddo. A highlight was Jason and a special bottle of wine not on the menu. To feel special on a special occasion, you can't miss with Il Capriccio. Our server was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Good meal. But a bit dissapointed, based on raving reviews I read. Nothing wrong, good food, nice ambiance, efficient service, just not great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Outstanding place... Amazing staff incredible food and a wine menu like you can't imagine. I would suggest to anyone going out for a special night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Meal
    DebbifromBostonVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    My meal was fantastic. I shared the calamari appetizer with my husband and highly recommend. A creative and delicious preparation. We also shared the pear salad. Another gem. I had the duck and it also was perfectly prepared. So good I regretted offering to share a few bites. The atmosphere and service made the dinner even more special. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special birthday celebration
    WExGroup
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The dining experience was excellent from beginning to end.d
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The atmosphere was lovely, the service was impeccable, and the food was, for the most part, delicious and well-prepared. Excellent porcini souffle! My only criticism was that the vegetables accompanying the entree seemed like an afterthought, present because, well, you have to have vegetables. Bok choy seemed out of place on the plate with the lovely veal scallopini, and a few too-crunchy green beans scattered on the side added nothing. At this time of year some braised finocchio or broccoli rabe would have been superb. Lemon cream was excellent, with the special touch of candied lemon peel on top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful--as usual.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Dinner at Il Capriccio was, as always, delicious. I love that you can get half portions of pasta and risotto, since that means it's possible to have dessert if you aren't a big eater. The risotto with mushrooms and duck confit was great, and the half portion was just right. There are always many affordable wines, and the sommelier suggested a moderately priced wine that was delicious. The atmosphere after this summer's renovations is lovely--comfortable, elegant, but not pretentious. And the food, and friendly service, keep us coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love Il Capprichio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I run a larger consulting company and eat out all over the country. Il Capprichio is my favorite restaurant and has been for so many years. The restaurant combines world class food with the feeling of a family restaurant. We happened to be there early and I listened to the head chef greeting everyone who came in, asking about their health and their families in such a warm way. I couldn't imagine enjoying a restaurant or a restaurant experience more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Good...follow the Advice
    LeFromagerVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The best things were the signature dishes and they very good. The service was outstanding. The combination of the two is very special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We selected Il Capriccio as it a special place to go with excellent, fresh food, prepared well and with fine service. We were not disappointed. The four of us each raved about the excellent preparation and presentation of our four different entrees. The desserts were interesting and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Richard
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We had a beautiful evening last night. I have never gotten an answer why Open Table does not give points for expensive restaurants?
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great
    inthebusiness
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The octopus with chick peas was the best I have ever had, duck perfect and the service attentive and professional, only negative is I can't get here enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • docjeffVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    THe porcini soufflé remains sublime and decadent.
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  • just OK for the price
    Par0
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Great selection of wines and grappas. The food is OK and you are reminded of that when you see the bill, which is brought to you without even asking for it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Autumn at I'll Capriccio
    toobrew
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Started wit the Soufflé do Porcini which bus always great. This time the mushroom pieces were bigger than ever. We also had a wonderful nebbiolo wit our main courses of lamb osso bucco and duck confit risotto. Place never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keeping it fresh!
    SuburbanjanVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We love dining at Il Capriccio because the food and wine are always delectable and the service extraordinary. Saturday night was no exception. Yet the experience felt more special this time with the recent renovation. The updated look gives the restaurant a fresh, light ambiance with more comfortable seats and soothing paint tones. But the food continues to be the star. Chef Rich Barron is still on his game after all these years. Our appetizers of calamari fritters and grilled octopus started off a meal so fresh it could have just been plucked from the sea. I savored my linguine with shrimp. My husband said he's never had a better veal chop. We shared the classic lemon mousse with our friends. Cheers to a perfect evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Never fails-- pure Italian Excellent food preparation, excellent ingredients Excellent service Excellent wine list and fair prices
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous dinner and ambiance!
    luv2cook
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Just ate with a group of 10 for a family gathering and a celebration of my daughter's first college parents' weekend. Food was yummy, wine was delicious and a fun time was had by all! Would clearly go again for our next special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Disappointed
    Lyle
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our first time back in a few years. The porcini souffle and lasagne tasted as though they had been frozen and reheated and had suffered as a result. The souffle was extremely heavy, greasy, very salty with far too much cheese. It bore no resemblance to a souffle. The lasagne was very bland and had very little sauce. We were really looking forward to the chocolate dessert and again were disappointed. We both ordered one and both of us thought they did not taste homemade.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Met High Expectations!
    RickVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    After reading extensive reviews, expectation level was set high and Il capriccio hit the mark. All items sampled (chicken, risotto, fish and veal) were inventively prepared with top quality ingredients and professional preparation. All dishes were as they should have been and when coupled with an extensive wine list (populated with an incredible selection of 'vini Piemontesi') and solid, well-informed wait staff - this is a winner! Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Italian in Boston!!
    BordeauxBuffVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is a hidden gem in the MetroWest burbs.....have been dining here for years....never disappointed. The menu and wine list are of constant innovation; never a dull moment, and the service is tops as well. If you're looking for a one of a kind Italian experience, skip the big city and head to the burbs for this gem!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent overall experience!
    CCMD
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My guest and I enjoyed a European dining experience. We hadn't seen each other in a long time and had a lot to talk about. They could tell so they left us alone. The waiter was very nice and offered good suggestions. I have some food sensitivities and was happy hear that the entrée I wanted had no garlic in it. I'll be back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    joanne
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This is my go-to place for after work dinners and dinner with "girlfriends". Service is efficient and knowledgeable, the food is great, and I love the variety of appetizers, small plates and mains.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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  • The best restaurant
    SonnyVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Il Capriccio is the best restaurant in the Boston area. It is a gem. Richard is the best chef in Boston and one of the most creative.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Il Capriccio was superb
    BillA
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I had dear friends from abroad to entertain and wanted an upscale restaurant that would impress them (they are very cosmopolitan) and have an ambiance suitable for a conversation. Our evening at Il Capriccio was terrific. Each of the four of us had seafood appetizers and entrees. The former included tuna tartare, mussels, calamari and gravlax, while the latter included swordfish, trout, a cod dish, and a lobster/pasta dish. We ended up sharing everything and all enjoyed each dish. We were so full that we shared two desserts - a lemon mousse and an apple pastry with ice cream - also both delicious. Service was very attentive without being intrusive.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Gourmet Italian
    SlingerlandsFoodie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We have been dining at Il Capriccio off and on since it opened decades ago. We last ate there on a trip to Boston (we live in Upstate New York) on Columbus Day weekend. The food is spectacular and reliably consistent. It would be hard to find a more comprehensive wine list. And, the sommelier, Jason, is expert at matching wine with food selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    bostondiner123
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was one of the best meals we have ever had, the food was phenomenal. The decor seemed a little dated, but the food more than made up for it. Great service as well, we had a great dinner.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Great experience
    Bill
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    This is a great restaurant with great food, service and atmosphere. I brought my cousins here from out of town and they absolutely loved everything about the place. You will not be disappointed, if you choose to visit this place.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inventive, delicious food
    KensBarbie
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We were staying in Waltham while on college visits with our son. We tried Il Capriccio based on TripAdvisor ratings. No wonder it is at the top of the list! Everything our party ordered was absolutely delicious, in particular the Porcini mushroom souffle (to die for!), the duck confit risotto and the figs wrapped in speck. Our only regret was that we were too full to order dessert. Excellent service as well. We will be back!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular dinner!
    bader929
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I took my boyfriend out for his birthday dinner here with a small group of friends. Everything was spectacular. They sprinkled happy birthday confetti on the table- festive and fun. Sommelier was incredibly knowledgeable about the wines, & we chose a wonderful red, which is a new favorite. Everyone's dinner was perfect. I ordered the chicken snitzel - very tasty breadcrumb that was crunchy on the outside, juicy chicken on the inside. My boyfriend ordered the lamb osso bucco which was perfect. They brought a sinfully delicious chocolate cake for the birthday boy, with happy birthday and artwork made out of chocolate. Gorgeous! I can't say enough good things about the service!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Excellent as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We went back to Il Capriccio and enjoyed the great service & food. The risotto was delicious, as was the lamb osso bucco, figs with gorgonzola & prosciutto, pasta w fresh tomato, garlic, & shrimp, & salads. The staff remembered us and teased us about "bumping up" to the main restaurant as we often prefer the less formal bar area, where the same menu is served. Excellent wine by the glass, strong coffee w/ biscotti...we were glad to be back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I came back into town and couldn't wait to make a reservation at one of my favorite restaurants outside of the city. My partner and I shared the tuna tartare with avocado and the lasagna bolognese to start. The tuna tartare was innovative and the home made chips were delicious. The lasagna was a very generous portion and may go down as the best lasagna I've ever had. My partner had the osso bucco and could not stop raving about how tender it was and how well the sauce enhanced the flavors of the dish. I had the classic chicken "shinitzel" and I too found my dish to be incredible. The warm apple crostata is a must try as well. As always, Il Capriccio didn't disappoint and will always be one of my favorite places to dine in the Boston area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.