First let’s take a survey. Raise your hand if you DON’T like Italian food. Ok, you? You can leave now. This is a safe space for the carb loving, wine-drinking rest of the world. (Like really though, are there people out there who don’t like Italian food? Is that even a real thing?)
Yesterday I was able to participate in one of the funnest things I’ve done as a “food” blogger at Capri Ristorante. They were doing a photo shoot for their menu and website update, and needed new photos of EVERY item on the menu. So, three other local Indy food bloggers and myself got to taste ONE OF EVERYTHING. You. guys. It was seriously so much food. We even got to sample some wine and martinis, as well as dessert.
Capri has been a staple in Indianapolis’s Italian food scene since 1951 and continues to be locally owned. The recipes are original and everything on the menu sticks to authentic Italian roots. EVERYTHING……… Pasta, bread, desserts and all sauces are house made daily and the atmosphere inside has a ton of old-school/old world charm. Black and white photographs, a large wood burning fire place, lots of wood gorgeous dark wood panelling, and Frank Sinatra tunage playing- this is the perfect spot to cozy up this winter with a glass of wine and carb-load. They also have tons of private event space, cater and are now also offering a pick up service so if you’re feeling Italian night at home, you can pick up a pan of pasta to-go!
While I’ve mentioned “carb-loading” twice (because pasta), I want to make sure that I say that they have tons of vegetarian options and lighter fare as well. Every item is made to order so if you have food allergies, they can easily accommodate most substitutes.
So here we go, I’m sharing some of the items we had below, all photos are mine and I’ll link the menu for y’all below as well as the links to my foodie friends, too! (We tried so many menu items that I want to narrow it down to my 5 favorites. These items will be denoted with a “*” and highlighted!)
I’ve provided you with the Italian name on the menu, and some explanation for those of us that Hoosier talk for easy understandin’.
Gamberoni Fra Diovolo (Spicy scrimps)/Insalata di Mare (Seafood salad- shrimp, scallops and calamari)Antipasto Misto (meats and cheeses for a bear sandwich)
Melanzane Parmigiana (egg plant Parm)
Of course when you get a group of food bloggers together, we have to photograph EVERY dish. #noshame
Ravioli aurora (spinach and cheese stuffed ravvies with tomato cream sauce)
Gold Star- Top 5 menu item– (Melanzane Parmigiana) Eggplant Parm was KILLA. No meat, but it tasted like it, and the homemade sauce to die for./Grilled Eggplant
Insalati di Mare/ Soup of the day (Tomato Florentine)
Gnocchi di Patat Sorrentina (potato dumplin’s with tomato sauce)Tagliatelle del Fattore (fettuccine, diced chicks, sun dried tomats and cream sauce)/Penetta Bosciola (Penne, red sauce and mushies)
Fettuccine del Golfo (ccine, scrimps, gerlicks)
Gold Star- Top 5 menu item The Tortelloni alla Papalina (ricotta filled pasta) is my go-to menu item here. Cheese filled Tortelloni in a cream sauce with Proscuitto and mushrooms. Omygahhhh.
Filetto dell Alpino ( Filet, red wine sauce, baby portabellos)/ Pollo con Salsiccia ( chicks with white wine, Rosemary, Criminis and sausage)
Gold Star- Top 5 menu item Piccata di Vitello . (Veal Picatta) love the lemony, white wine sauce on this and the flavor pops from the capers. (Now all I need are some little fingerling potatuhs to go with it!)
Pork Shank (special, not on the menu)
*Gold Star- Top 5 menu item* Stuffed Mushie (also on “special”, stuffed with cheese, chicken and TRUFFLE OIL. YASSS HUNNAY!)
Chicken Lasagna (Special)
Gold Star- Top 5 menu item You guys. This is THE BEST Tiramisu I’ve ever had. I’m not a huge dessert person, but I get this every time I come here!
Chocolate Tartufo (Ice cream ball?!)
I love a pic of a good spread, don’t you? Let’s just say there were many to-go boxes being filled up at the end of afternoon.
Here is a link to the website for the full menu, both lunch and dinner. Capri is open M-F for lunch and every night for dinner.
2602 Ruth Drive, Indianapolis IN 46240
Want to follow some of my fellow Indy foodies for the hottest spots in town to get your grub on? Then here ya go! (In order from left to right as in the photo above.)
Lindsay Flegge from The Love Bungalow, Indianapolis Food and Lifestyle blogger: www.thelovebungalow.com
Kate Ruddell from IntoIndy (below), Food and Lifestyle blogger: www.intoindy.com
Megan Keller (below) of FoodieIndy, Indianapolis Food Blogger, member of the @circlecitysupperclub and Community Leader at @bestfoodindianapolis: www.foodieindie.us
Taylor Stewart (below) of @supperinthecity, Indianapolis food grammer and member of @supperinthecity.