Have you ever met a complete stranger in a new location, both of which made you feel right at home? That's exactly how I felt meeting Billy Costa and Jenny Johnson (from The Dining Playbook on NESN) while dining in Southie's Italian restaurant Capo last week! But let me start from the beginning...
As a Boston transplant from San Francisco, there's a lot for me to learn about New England, including the coastal towns (we just went to Newburyport for the first time last weekend and it was so cute!), to the seasonal changes in food, wardrobe and activities, and even the tv personalities.
Billy Costa has been a household name here for a while, so it was an honor to meet him and Jenny over an amazing meal. They're both so humble and easy to talk to, dishing out interesting stories like their favorite restaurants dish out scrumptious meals.
Capo's ambiance reminds me of an Italian Sonsie on Newbury, with its tiled floors, brick walls, floor-to-ceiling windows and gluten-free accommodations. It's a huge venue, including a bar and tables in the front and a private back room which is perfect for large groups or parties (*mental note made*). They accommodated our substantial party last-minute and took great care of us, from the dishes to the wine and champagne pairing, to the friendly service!
So much love for the salumi & formaggi (Chef's selection of artisanal cured meats and cheeses). I could nom on these all day!
Sadly the arancini is not gluten free, but it contains pulled short rib so I'm sure it's drool-worthy!
The cauliflower ravioli was said to be scrumptious!
I can never turn down gluten-free pasta. This lamb and mushroom pappardelle was one for the record books!
I first discovered monkfish when the Boston Public Market fish monger suggested it - he said it's delicious but gets a bad rap since the fish look funny and no one wants to eat them! So he told me to never google what a monkfish looks like. I bought the monkfish from him, obviously immediately googling monkfish before even leaving the building. He was right - they look insane, but they taste great (even a little sweet). This gluten-free dish came with lemon, butter and capers - yum!
We were so stuffed by this point, but still managed to try the grilled pork chop with white bean and mushroom ragout.
None of the desserts were gluten-free, but they all looked scrumptious. Above pictured is the creme brulee.
Basically ^^^. Dinner at Capo was amazing - from the meal itself, to the venue and great service, not to mention being surrounded by amazing local influencers, PR girl bosses (R Public Relations), and of course Billy and Jenny from The Dining Playbook! Stay tuned for more exciting Dining Playbook announcements!
Comment Challenge: What venue makes you feel right at home?