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Il Capriccio
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Ranked #1 of 193 Restaurants in Waltham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$45
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Romantic
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Prospect St.
Description: 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.
Reviewed 2 October 2007

Date of visit: 9/22/07
Occasion: Birthday Celebration!

If you're looking for some of the finest cuisine Boston has to offer, head to Waltham. Yes, that's right--Waltham! Waltham's dining scene continues to get brighter, but Il Capriccio has been a reliably stellar draw for many years now. (I ate there about 12 years ago and it was just as incredible.)

Located at a rather unremarkable intersection on a drab stretch of Main Street in Waltham, Il Capriccio will surprise you with its finesse and flair.

Ingredients are of the highest quality and the menu is a northern Italian-inspired array of delights.

My family took me here to celebrate a recent birthday and we had a fantastic meal. The service was excellent and the wait staff knew the answer to even our most obscure questions.

I had an absolutely delicious appetizer of ricotta-stuffed squash blossoms in a thyme batter drizzled with wildflower honey. My main course was a succulent, tender pork loin stuffed with wild mushrooms and served with a small square of sweet potato lasagna and seasonal vegetables. Dessert was a magnificent gianduja chocolate mousse cake with espresso creme anglaise--an incredible finish to an amazing meal. We shared a bottle of wine (don't ask me to name it--I'm a wine ignoramus, however my sister-in-law was going ga-ga over the wine list which was so long it resembled a mini-novel.)

The ambience is very clubby and the decor exudes a rather refined classiness.

I can recommend this place without any reservations, except that the only way you'll get a table is if you make them (reservations) in advance.

One tiny caveat: parking can be tight, so allow a little extra time in case the adjacent lot is full and you have to find a spot on the street.

1  Thank Mark-in-Boston
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Reviewed 19 December 2006

I wouldn't normally think of Waltham MA as a fine dining hotspot (although there are several decent places there) - but a recent visit to Il Capriccio was incredible!

It's a small-sh (40 seats maybe?) restaurant next to a liquor store and a parking lot. (if you go be careful about parking where the BofA owner likes to tow..) The food is incredible - it's italian but Americanized. We had:
Antipasto plate - proscuitto, cheeses, salami, olives
Gorgonzola stuffed figs wrapped in proscuitto ****
Green salad
Fettucini al carbonara ****
Veal Chop
Scallops over Sweet potato puree w/dried cherries***
Sour cream and chocolate cheesecake and a very nice Barolo.
*** - incredible!

1  Thank mrwatson
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Reviewed 17 April 2006

This is what a restaurant should be! I was on an extened job stay (9 months) and this became my regular haunt. This fine Italian restaurant rivals any big name in Boston proper and is worth the drive (or walk!) from the city. The inside is a refuge from the ho-hum town of Waltham. It is warm, welcoming and a real treat. I dined alone, mainly at the cozy tables by the "bar." On one occasion I did use the main room with a friend and found it quite enjoyable. All the ingredients are fresh and all recipies authentic. You cannot go wrong with any selection. Awesome wine list with lots of hidden gems--at a good price. It was fun just having a drink at the upscale bar--with real Champagne by the glass (unusual for a small town). Everyone was always warm and friendly. Be sure not to miss this hidden gem if you are anywhere in the vicinity. I miss it so much and think of the food and folks often. Can't wait to eat there again!

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