Honest to God, I haven't even heard of this restaurant before. I just happen to come across it while looking for a new place to eat in Greenbelt. Since it was a sorta special occasion, and the boy and I were profoundly hungry, we decided to try this out.
With a little more research as I began writing this, I found out that Capricciosa is actually a Japanese chain of restaurants serving Italian food. A novel concept, I suppose, but hey, we have Italian restaurants run by Filipinos here. So how could that be any different. But still, it veers on the weird side of things, knowing that Japanese people love the simplest of food, those without much adornment.
Entering Capricciosa, you are immediately in full view of the kitchen where you can actually see your food being prepared. The interiors were quite homey, a resto quality which always makes me want to take off my shoes and eat heartily. And so we did:
We started off with a regular thin crust Marinara Pizza (P481.60 -- *gulp* special occasion, remember?). Upon seeing it I thought it was a tad too small for 2 people to share, but after just 2 slices we felt like we were filled. And that's because this pizza is packed with shrimp and squid -- REAL shrimp and squid -- not to mention the cheese and the tomato sauce and the divine crust. It's filling but not nakakasuya. Admittedly, the prices in Capricciosa are on the steep side, but hey, we don't eat there everyday (that's where the ever-reliable Jollijeeps come in).
Next up, we had an order of spaghetti carbonara (P364.00). There was a decent list of pasta dishes there, but we wanted something homey (to go with the ambiance of the place). The serving in this picture looks small, but trust me, it's a deep plate, and we weren't even able to finish this (good thing -- it was our baon the next day). And can I just say, this is the best carbonara I've ever tasted (sorry Mom and Dad). Delectable, to say the least. We loved it so much that we asked our waiter who made it. Capricciosa gets 5 stars just for serving carbonara like that.
Originally those were the only things we ordered, but seeing the images of dessert on their TV screen made me want to order dessert. I haven't had pumpkin pie (P196.00)in my life and I just wanted to try it so we ordered it. I don't have any idea how pumpkin would taste as a dessert, though it is is one of my favorite veggies. I'm glad I ordered it because it was simple heaven. The thick whipped cream on top rested on a creamy and sweet (but not overwhelmingly so) pumpkin filling, all supported by a delicious pie crust. The taste reminded me of coconut jam, honestly. I'm sure Pinoys will love it. I want to make one myself!
Capricciosa Ristorante Italiano is located at 3/F Greenbelt 3, Makati City.