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“Authentic Italian Fare”
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Capri Restaurant
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Ranked #229 of 1,487 Restaurants in Raleigh
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Spring Forest Road
Reviewed August 13, 2011

We went during the week so it was pretty quiet. Food was good and fresh. Well, except for the bread that is. It was definately not fresh. Our server was excellent. Would go back and plan to.

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Reviewed April 8, 2011

We went to this restaurant to celebrate a friend's birthday. The waiter was bland; no personality. So was the food. The interior decor is nice, the music is nice, the older gentleman who checked on us now and then was nice, but overall it was not a good experience. I could have prepared the same food at home. When we dine out it is for good food, ambiance and good service. Sadly, two out of those three were missing. Maybe our waiter and chef were having an "off" night, but it was out first visit and we will not return.

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Reviewed March 7, 2010

This continues to be one of Raleigh's hidden gems, and if anything, only continues to get better. The food is outstanding, and it's a delight to be waited on by "the family" members who are quick to discern your tastes and make recommendations accordingly. And they're willing to tweak a dish to suit you. I often narrow choices to 1 - 3 and ask them to help me decide - and I'm never disappointed. The bread (unfortunately) is outstanding - too difficult to resist.

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Reviewed September 14, 2008

We've been eating there since about 2004, but this is my first review.

Now open more than nine years, this tiny Italian star finally shines even brighter due to a long overdue building facelift. The Sutton Square shopping center (corner of Spring Forest and Falls of Neuse roads) has had the entire exterior refurbished, and Fresh Market now anchors the spot where Harris Teeter once was. The combination of more traffic and higher visibility (Capri was lost: stashed away in a gloomy corner), has led to the best summer in years for this North Raleigh favorite.

Part of the fun of Capri is the floor show, and by that I mean "The Pino & Dino Show". These two Italian transplants, friends for decades, twirl about the room, joking and charming all who will listen. Dino's two sons round out the cast of capable servers.

I typically can't wait to order the carpaccio: thin slices of raw premium beef atop a salad with huge shavings of parmesan, capers and walnuts. On this outing, however, the beef was sub-par and by the time I had finished, I had five small balls of un-chewable fat on my plate.

A special chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto, cheese, spinach and peppers was very good. But, the chicken cacciatore was even better: golf-ball sized pieces, each lightly breaded and sauteed in olive oil, served in a rich red-brown sauce of onions, mushrooms, peppers and sausage slices. It was the best I've ever had. I'm also very glad I ordered a side of rigatoni with Capri's dynamite vodka sauce (they should bottle that stuff!).

Tiramisu arrived without us even mentioning it, and a magnum of house wine stayed on our table the entire meal.

Total: $109 for two salads, two entrees, one side of pasta, one dessert and all the wine we could drink (tax and tip included). It's surprisingly more than we've spent in the past at Capri, and I'm afraid we didn't closely examine the bill before paying. Perhaps they charged us for the entire bottle?

Note: they serve only beer and wine and the setting is not luxurious.

1  Thank HomoQuiScitOmnia
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Reviewed February 11, 2008

Forget your Northeastern prejudiices -- authentic Italian food can be found in the American South, and in a shopping center, no less.
At Capri Restaurant, in the eminently suburban northern reaches of Raleigh, N.C., the food, ambiance and two fellows the run the place are authentically Italian.
On a recent trip, host Pino memorized our names, offered to create customized dishes and provided expertise in food, wine and warm, human kindness.
This is no spaghetti house, but if you choose the spaghetti you will not be disappointed.
The wine cellar is among the region's best.
Capri is a hidden treasure.

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