A grandmother’s home by Times Square?! Welcome to Cappizi.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Capizzi
547 9th Ave (between 40th and 41st street)
New York, NY 10018

This charming, cozy little restaurant is just a stone’s throw away from Times Square. I’m going to be upfront and tell you that Capizzi invited me to come by and try their pizza, but I’m also going to guarantee you that I will always write unbiased reviews, regardless of who is fronting the bill. Having said that, believe me when I tell you that I was very happily surprised that this Midtown West restaurant ended up being a fantastic experience.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I started with a glass of Chianti as I waited for LAW to arrive. They have a bunch of different wines by the glass all for about $13 (can’t remember exactly).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI read the menu and really loved this little bit: “As I got older I realized it’s not just about good food. It was a passion, kind of like a sport, a love affair with food and Nature all rolled up into one.” Definitely resonates with me and the reason I even continue to have a blog in the first place.

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When LAW arrived, we started with the special, which was a fresh housemade Burrata with prosciutto, artichokes, roasted peppers, and cherry tomatoes ($13.95). The platter did not look particularly fancy, more just like how you would serve something at home (everything tossed onto a very normal plate). This appetizer represented everything I love about Italian food: super simple and completely determined by the quality of ingredients. The burrata was SO creamy yet light. The tomatoes were perfect: firm, sweet, and juicy. The artichokes and roasted peppers were great as well. I could eat this appetizer all the time.

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The bread was also amazing. It was pretty much warm pizza crust that had been slightly overcooked until crisp. LAW and I finished the whole basket with the burrata before we even really began our meal…

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We then shared the Eggplant Parmigiana pizza, with slice roasted eggplant, tomatoes, garlic, and mozzarella ($16.95). Our server said this was one of the most popular pizzas on the menu so naturally I had to try it. Capizzi’s pizza reminds me a little of the pizzas I had in Rome, which were thin, kind of crispy, and not very salty. The natural flavors of the ingredients dominate the taste of the pizza. This pizza was similar. Unlike American pies that often have hyper sodium-rich/salty toppings like spicy sausage and very savory tomato sauces, this pie was relatively light. I didn’t love the mushiness of the eggplant, especially because all the toppings were somewhat soft and mushy.

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We also shared the Pizza del Norno, with crushed San Marzano tomatoes, pecorino romano, and reggiano parmigiano cheese topped with olive oil ($10.95). We also added mozzarella ($2.95). I think I preferred this pizza because the pecorino and parmigiano made the pizza a little saltier. The tomatoes were also bursting with flavor.

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See how the pie holds its shape when held up, unlike the floppy kind I love from Luzzo’s. The pies also kind of have to be eaten quickly because otherwise the juicy toppings soak through and make the crust a bit mushy. Nonetheless, I greatly appreciated the light, quality ingredients on the pies.

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We also had house dried pepper flakes and oregano. I love this serving platter – so “rustic” and homey.

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See all those peppers hanging back there? Reminds me of my grandma’s home.

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We were both pretty stuffed at this point with all the buratta and bread and pizza but our server persuaded us to try the special Oreo Cannoli ($6.95).

CappiziLike everything else we had that night, the cannoli was surprisingly light and tasted extremely fresh. I couldn’t help but continually pick at it until it was pretty much all gone. 

I’m so glad there is an authentic, charming little restaurant near Times Square. Every time I am forced to be in the area I’m at a loss for dinner options because everything is so … terrible. Capizzi’s is really great, and does really well given its pretty west location. There were a lot of families dining on the random Wednesday night we went. If I’m ever in the area again, this is definitely the spot I’ll go for dinner.

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