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FUN MAGAZINE, May, 2006.
174, FuXing North Road
Hours: 11:30 am-11 pm
Credit cards accepted. 10% service charge.
Nearby parking available.
--By Josie Wu Translated by Cara Steenstra
Capricciosa is a Japanese restaurant
chain established in 1977, specializing in authentic
Sicilian-style cuisine. In Italian, capricciosa means
"spontaneity" and conjures up images of spontaneous
gatherings in little Italian eateries where everyone
enjoys deliciously satisfying food while having a great
Capricciosa launched a trend in Japan of offering Italian
cuisine with affordable prices and friendly service.
Extremely popular amongst young women and families alike,
Capricciosa arrived in Taiwan with its 144th branch,
offering the same generous portions and unique flavors.
Their open kitchen allows you to watch the skilled chefs
prepare your pizzas and other dishes.
With a passion for the culinary arts, Chef Getzby recommends
a few of his customers' favorites, such as the traditional
Tuna and Squid with Capricciosa Dressing, on an Italian
Salad (NT$280 for two to three people). The dressing
stirs up your appetite and has solidly retained its
popularity for 30 years.
There are over a dozen choices of pasta, priced between
NT$390 and NT$430 for two to three people each. The
emphasis is pastas with a slightly chewy "al dente"
texture. Without this, it would be like eating pasta
that has no soul, according to manager Amber. The Penne
in a Sicilian Style Spicy "Arrabiata" Tomato
Sauce (NT$390) is known for its "arrabiata"
(meaning "red in the face") spiciness, so
it's probably worth communicating just how spicy you'd
Capricciosa's attractive-looking, big oven -- seen as
you walk in the door -- is a clue that the pizzas here
also should not be missed. The classic Calzone (NT$350)
contains Italian sausage, bacon, tomatoes and other
ingredients. The 300-gram Firenze Style Roasted Rib
Eye Steak (NT$720), is first seared with a high flame,
then slow roasted over low flame to maintain the meat's
tenderness. Then cashew nuts, crushed peanuts, thyme,
rosemary and others ingredients are added to give it
an appetizing aroma.
The World Famous Capricciosa Pumpkin Pie (NT$120) is
a must-try dessert with smooth, fluffy white cream mixed
in with fragrant pumpkin, making you wish you had a
much bigger appetite. Also available is Italian beer
and a non-alcoholic drink, Virgin Breeze (NT$90).