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Italvista is honored to feature the Italian masterpiece - Il Capriccio of Whippany, New Jersey as our charter restaurant feature.

Visit Il Capriccio

Founded 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 own design.

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'.

The "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.

The 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 event.

A 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 to top



1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001


Four Diamond Award, U.S.A.

- 1994 -

The New York Times
Outstanding Restaurant Dining


One of the Top Five Italian Restaurants in New Jersey

- 1992 -

Academy of Restaurant Science
One of the Best 25 Italian Restaurants In The U.S.A.

- 1991 through 2001 -

Wine Spectator
Best Award of Excellence

- 1987 through 2001 -

New Jersey Monthly
Best of the Best, Best Italian, Best Service, Best Atmosphere

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From: South Jersey

Garden State Parkway North to Route 287 North, to Exit 39 - Route 10 East. Il Capriccio is approximately 1 mile on the right.

From: North Jersey

Garden 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.

From: the East at the Livingston Circle

Proceed West on Route 10 for approximately 5 miles. Il Capriccio is on the left.

From: Newark International Airport and New Jersey Turnpike

Take 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.

From: George Washington Bridge

Take 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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Just a "taste" from the menu:

Gli Antipasti

Ostriche al Prosecco.....12.95
oysters stuffed with fresh crabmeat in champagne and hollandaise sauce

Carpaccio con Scaglie di Parmigiano.....13.95
thin slices of raw filet mignon served over rugola, with thin slices of parmigiano cheese and truffle oil

Insalate del Giardino

Insalatine Capricciose.....8.95
mixed baby lettuce with tarragon dressing

Pasta e Zuppe

Tagliatelle Mascarpone e Bolognese.....16.95
fresh noodles with mascarpone cheese, bolognese sauce and green peas

Papparadelli al Sugo di Anatra
fresh pasta with duck sauce

Il Pesce

Tonno in Crosta di Pepe.....24.95
fresh tuna in crust of black pepper in a brandy sauce

Filetto di Spigola con Fagioli Bianchi e Broccoli Rape.....24.95
filet of wild sea bass with cannellini beans and broccoli rape

Le Carni

Vitello Boscaiola
milk-fed veal with mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, white wine and cream

Costoletta D'Agnello alla Senape
rack of lamb in Dijon-mustard, mushrooms and brandy sauce

Filetto Gorgonzola e Provolone.....26.95
filet mignon (Certified Angus Beef) stuffed with gorgonzola cheese, served with polenta


No 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

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