Descriptors such as “rustic” and “charming” are thrown around all too flippantly when describing traditional, home-style eateries. In the case of Kaprica, however, they’re both valid. This is a place where the menus are hand-written then photocopied, and the wine gets sloshed into latte glasses.
It’s a given that the food is good. Owner/chef Pietro Barbagallo (Barbagallo Trattoria, I Carusi) can even make a broccoli pizza look enticing. Any time of the day is good for a visit, with a couple of breakfast specials, some solid Italian mains and heavenly looking desserts.
But you really can’t go past the pizza. After watching the labour and love that goes into each and every one in the exposed kitchen, you won’t want to, either. It's up there with Melbourne's best.
The rustic approach extends to the space itself, with its selection of mismatched wooden tables, unpolished floors and a couple of outdoor window seats with views of Lincoln Park. It’s just as cosy as being at home, yet still tinged with enough theatre to ensure you have a good time.
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