We've been dining at Cappuccino's for a couple of decades, even in its original location at LBJ and Midway. The move lost the old world charm of the original setting, but most younger and newer diners are probably happier with its new Italian villa facade, anyway. Regardless, becoming a regular is one of the best moves you can make. The biggest offering here is value. The style is as formal as most restaurants that are a notch more expensive, the service is always attentive and efficient and often unusually warm and friendly. The wine list is modest in size but well and carefully chosen and there is a full service bar. The menu is excellent, a somewhat electic mix of Italian and Mediterranean themes as well as American standbys. (There's a kid's menu but only those big enough to eat at the table are appropriate.) The lobster bisque and Caesar salad are superb; the variety of entrees is wide with chicken piccata, grilled salmon and other dishes rivaling that of the best restaurants in town. Their speciality pepper steak with cognac sauce is the best I've had in town, matching the biggest named steakhouses. In addition they have usually three specials every day that feature great fresh fish such as sea bass or halibut in creative sauces, chicken dishes prepared in original ways and other specialities. The dessert menu is no slouch either, the creme brulee and Cappuccino pie can't be beat. Best of all, when the bill comes you will realize you are paying about 75% what you would shell out for the same or lesser meal at a 5-star trendy spot. But before you leave, there's a final treat that's not on the menu. Look like an insider and request for a Cafe Pierre -- a coffee concoction using brandy, Grand Marnier and Kahlua flamed at your table. The show alone is worth the price and the coffee's luscious.
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