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“The terrific outdoor makes the place. The food and the prices do not”

Ristorante Il Capriccio
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Ranked #56 of 220 Restaurants in Vieste
Price range: $9 - $47
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed July 14, 2012

we ate three times at this restaurant, so we cannot say this is a bad place. It is a good place, with a chef/owner (Leonardo) trying hard to please. But prices are about 35-50% higher than most other places in town while the food is slightly above average. If not for the splendid view of the harbor and sunset on a dock, we would give this place a one-to-two star rating, given an unfavorable price mix and slow service.

what we find unacceptable though is the continuous music being piped around. We understand that some people like music around them or at least do not dislike it. In our case, we went to this place to eat and chat, not to be overwhelmed by heathily-rhythmed music. on our last day, at lunch inside the restaurant (not on the dock) we complained three times to the waiter that the music was too loud to our taste. Every time, the music was lowered for a few minutes only to creep back to its previous level. The music was heavy disco, with jolting sequences, something that literally made it a strain on us to just talk among us. We later came to understand that the owner's sister runs the adjacent bar and kept putting the volume back up. Again the issue was in the indoor restaurant, less on the dock.

We believe that a restaurant that aspires to deliver a superior dinner experience and charges elevated prices should accommodate diners' request for control of blaring music. we also believe that a restaurant with premium prices should decide if it is a relaxing place or a loud bar.

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Reviewed June 20, 2012

This restaurant was so amazing- the only time our whole trip that we went back for a second meal.The chef is renowned, with an impressive resume including Buckingham Palace. Zuppa di Burrata- a medley of seafood seated on soft local cheese- our favourite meal in Italy. Although specializing in sea food, each course we had was spectacular. Beautifully situated on the port, it was great to take your dessert to the garden patio to watch the sun set. Would definitely recommend this restaurant- and very reasonably priced as well!

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Reviewed June 19, 2012

The chef/owner, Leonardo Vescera, explains his menu with passion. Each of the 30 or so dishes is exciting and original, and he was very happy to serve half portions, so doubling the number of dishes we could try. Meanwhile, there's an array of home baked bread and family sourced olive oil. The menu is big on sea bream (It. dentice), and the Carpaccio with fennel is unmissable as an antipasti dish; of note too is the Coda di Mazzancotte (langoustine) with lardons and black bean purée. Orecchiette with cauliflower, mussels and anchovy sauce was sublime and the linguine with red mullet and broccoli another star. The chef recommended Piro Varona, astonishingly good value at 15 Euro, and perfect with those exquisite fish dishes. He sent us on our happy way with a deeply flavoursome mandarin sorbet.

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Reviewed May 21, 2012

This restaurant was recommended by the chef and staff at our hotel. The chef/owner has worked at Buckingham Palace and around the world, and is very personable. The fish selection and preparation is outstanding. Great wine list. The service was terrific.

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Thank mcconph
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Reviewed June 15, 2010

The food and the setting were excellent, and I had possibly the best steak I've ever had. The service was generally good, but a little slow and rather more attentive to the Italian guests than to us.

Very pricey, though, particularly for UK visitors given the Euro exchange rate.

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Thank ivanmacx
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