Italvista is honored to
feature the Italian masterpiece - Il Capriccio of Whippany,
New Jersey as our charter restaurant feature.
in 1984 by chef-owner Antonio Grande and his
wife Clara and styled after the famous Andrea Palladio's
Venetian architecture popularized in the 17th and 18th
century, you will be swept into this sumptuous décor
of European Tiepolo-type baroque frescos. With Antonio's
vision, that everything: decor, ambiance and food must
all be related is beautifully integrated in everything
you see, hear and taste. This is evident everywhere your
eye glances. From the magnificent paintings to the elegantly
hand-carved, imported marble bar from Italy - Antonio's
creative cuisine has been consistently critically acclaimed
by such leading publications as The New York Times, The
Star Ledger of Newark and New Jersey Monthly Magazine.
Billed as "the complete Italian cultural experience"
with rave reviews of 3-½ stars, Il Capriccio delivers
not only on cuisine and ambiance but also on meticulous
service which is evident with the tuxedoed wait staff
who, in addition to announcing the evening specials with
poetic charm, are inconspicuously filling your wine glass
and sweeping crumbs. Of course, Il Capriccio is not Antonio's
first business. After coming to America in 1973 from the
province of Cosenza in Italy, he established himself as
chef at San Remo in West Orange, NJ and in 1976 opened
his first restaurant, Belvedere, in Clifton, NJ. The couple
worked to introduce true Italian cuisine to Americans
who up to then had thought of "lasagna" or "spaghetti
and meatballs" as Italian fare. Il Capriccio has
been a family business for 17 years. Antonio and Clara's
son, Natale, works side-by-side with his father as sous
chef, while their nephew, Salvatore LeRose, greets customers
nightly as head maitre d'.
"creme de la creme" ingredients - the finest
cuts of meat, fresh-picked vegetables, fragrant herbs
and spices, exquisitely fresh fish and their own farm-
grown organic summer vegetables - are lovingly combined
with meticulous care, lifelong experience, and a passionate
appreciation for fine dining and good health. The temperature-controlled
wine cellar at Il Capriccio has been given the Award of
Excellence by the acclaimed Wine Spectator, over 600 selections
and a stock of approximately 20,000 bottles from moderately
priced to exclusive reserve wines. Wine connoisseurs eagerly
look forward to their gourmet wine tasting dinners held
at Il Capriccio seasonally.
main dining room offers relaxed dining in comfortable
armchairs. Tables are well spaced for privacy. Fresh flowers
showcased in gentle lighting provide a most romantic effect.
The romantic ambiance is complemented by soft piano music.
Your table in the Clara Room affords a wonderful view
of "Il Cortile," the pretty courtyard with its
serene ambiance. This is a perfect room for a private
sample of the menu you may enjoy during your dining experience
follows. We invite you to the Il
Capriccio website here for complete menu details,
wine list features, recipes, special event / banquet information,
and directions. back
1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
Four Diamond Award, U.S.A.
New York Times
Outstanding Restaurant Dining
One of the Top Five Italian Restaurants in New Jersey
of Restaurant Science
One of the Best 25 Italian Restaurants In The U.S.A.
1991 through 2001 -
Best Award of Excellence
1987 through 2001 -
Best of the Best, Best Italian, Best Service, Best Atmosphere
State Parkway North to Route 287 North, to Exit
39 - Route 10 East. Il Capriccio is approximately
1 mile on the right.
State Parkway to Route 80 West, to Route 287 South
to Exit 39A - Route 10 East. Il Capriccio is approximately
1 mile on the right.
the East at the Livingston Circle
West on Route 10 for approximately 5 miles. Il
Capriccio is on the left.
Newark International Airport and New Jersey Turnpike
Route 78 West to Route 24 West to Route 287 North.
Exit 39 - Route 10 East. Il Capriccio is approximately
1 mile on the right.
George Washington Bridge
Route 80 West to Route 287 South, exit 39A to
Route 10 East. Il Capriccio is approximately 1
mile on the right.
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a "taste" from the menu:
oysters stuffed with fresh crabmeat in champagne and hollandaise
con Scaglie di Parmigiano.....13.95
thin slices of raw filet mignon served over rugola, with
thin slices of parmigiano cheese and truffle oil
mixed baby lettuce with tarragon dressing
Pasta e Zuppe
Mascarpone e Bolognese.....16.95
fresh noodles with mascarpone cheese, bolognese sauce
and green peas
al Sugo di Anatra
fresh pasta with duck sauce
in Crosta di Pepe.....24.95
fresh tuna in crust of black pepper in a brandy sauce
di Spigola con Fagioli Bianchi e Broccoli Rape.....24.95
filet of wild sea bass with cannellini beans and broccoli
milk-fed veal with mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, white
wine and cream
D'Agnello alla Senape
rack of lamb in Dijon-mustard, mushrooms and brandy sauce
Gorgonzola e Provolone.....26.95
filet mignon (Certified Angus Beef) stuffed with gorgonzola
cheese, served with polenta
fine dining experience at Il Capriccio is complete without
some of the extraordinary desserts created by Antonio
and his gifted pastry chefs.
Torta al Formaggio
individual cheesecake with mixed berries
Tiramisu al Caffè
Panna Cotta Con Frutti di Bosco
Cooked heavy crème with hazelnuts served with mixed
berries and fruit sauce
Mousse al Marron Glacé
Chestnut mousse with whisky crème