Whether you live in GC or not, you should know that there’s a centrally located Italian restaurant in Floral Park called Capo Ristorante (fyi- Capo is short for the owners last name). We dined here recently and really enjoyed our visit. The decor is tastefully done and it’s very cozy inside with lots of warm, earthy colors. There’s a huge wooden wine rack built into the back wall and a charming tin ceiling that adds a nice, old-school touch.
Capo boasts a comprehensive menu and I was tempted by nearly everything on it. Tip #1: Go hungry because there’s a lot you will likely want to sample! The panini pages themselves took up half of the menu. There was a nice, reasonably priced wine selection to go with all of the mouth watering food choices.
For entrees, I had chicken sorrentino- chicken topped with eggplant, prosciutto and mozzarella cheese. So delish. IMO, fresh mutz just can’t be beat. (oops- “mutz” is a throw back to my days in Hoboken where everyone lovingly refers to mozzarella as “mutz”.) The balsamic marinated pork loin was also a good choice. It came with a very tasty lentil salad and caramelized cipollini onions. You haven’t had caramelized onions until you’ve had them with cipollinis. Even you onion-haters might be swayed! I hear the fried calamari and the chianti braised beef short ribs are tough to beat but that the panini are the hidden gem of this place. Needless to say, stay tuned for another Capo panini post- Which gives me a great idea for my Superbowl menu and leads me to… Tip #2: catered panini platters… yum. And yes, they do cater.
Can’t forget my favorite course- dessert. We had thick biscotti and a sweet cannoli in a crisp outer shell. I don’t know about you but I can’t enjoy a cannoli if the shell doesn’t crunch. Of course, this was washed down with a frothy espresso. The owner was very personable and the staff was attentive but not annoyingly so.
Overall, a delectable meal in a cozy, neighborhood ambiance. Perfect for date night or a meal with some friends. Next time I’d like to try a panini with a glass of wine. I can already hear it calling my name.
See you soon, Capo! Have you been?
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