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Il Capuccino Restaurant

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

You just know when you enter that this place serves good, old-fashioned Italian food. It has the traditional look of raffia-covered Chianti bottles hanging from the ceiling and checkered tablecloths brightening up every table. The owner, Jack Achille Tagliasacchi, comes from northern Italy. He brought his recipes with him and has been serving them here since 1972.

il capuccino 1A basket of garlic rolls is served swiftly after you are seated. My family eats them within minutes as the garlic and oil literally drip down our fingers. Lucky for us (and you) they’ll refill the basket.

We usually order fried calamari and pear and arugula salad to start, but there are plenty of other tempting appetizers including mussels and baked clams. As a main course, choose from swordfish, sea scallops, salmon, organic free-range chicken, shrimp fra diavolo, and veal scaloppini. Of course there are lots of pasta dishes — I recommend the puttanesca and carbonara. Another perpetual pleaser is veal Parmigiana. To accompany your meal, wine comes by the glass or carafe.

There are tempting dishes for vegetarians, including tortellini with pistachio cream sauce and baked asparagus with butter and Parmigiano cheese. A recent special was a broccoli rabe risotto prepared with lemon and wine. There are multiple salads on the menu, including the house special with mandarins, grapes, and gorgonzola. They offer a gluten-free menu including gluten-free pastas and veal and chicken dishes prepared without breadcrumbs. There is also a children’s menu.

Who needs dessert after big plates of Italian food? Everyone! (We walk the long way back to the boat). Choose between the Holy Moses cheesecake, tiramisu, cannoli, tartufo, gelato, or splurge — we ordered chocolate thunder cake from the specials menu and a Holy Moses. What a combo!

Il Capuccino is open seven days a week for dinner. Boaters have many options in Sag Harbor. There are town moorings, a town dock, marinas, and an anchorage. The restaurant is an easy walk from the harbor — go up Main Street and to the left when it splits (look for the sign with a monk on the right). A caveat: the tables for two are small, so it’s a good idea to dock and dine with a larger group of hungry boaters.

By Ann Fox

Il Capuccino Restaurant

30 Madison Street, Sag Harbor


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