312, ZhongXiao E. Rd, Sec. 4, Taipei
Hours: 11:30 am-1:30 am;
11:30 am-2:30 am (weekend)
MRT: Sun Yatsen exit 2
Credit cards accepted. 10% service charge.
Smoking section. Parking available (Valet).
--By Claire Tyrrell Translated by Liu Fang Ru
Fusili Spinach (NT$450)
Carpaccio Beef (NT$450)
Mona Lisa Pizza (NT$450/550)
As Taipei's summer heats up, new five-star chef
and jazz musicians are also creating an extra
sizzle in the city's long standing Capone's Restaurant.
Head here for meals that burst with Italian flavour
and more than a little passion from Italian chef
Maurizio Parisi. Maurizio has been a chef throughout
Europe as well as Taiwan, and has perfected authentic
Italian fare to suit all palettes.
The large selection of pizzas comes on an expertly-made
crisp base with plentiful vegetables or toppings,
such as the lashings of parma ham on the Quatro
Staggioni (NT$550 10- inch/650 14-inch) or Mona
Lisa (NT$450/550). But Capone's is far more than
just fantastic pizza. For an appetizer try the
melt-in-your-mouth Carpaccio Beef (NT$450), lightly
dressed thin slices which Maurizio guided us to
wrap around special Sicilian bread sticks for
the best taste sensation, Then the Mazzacolli
(NT$750) comes recommended: tender prawn shrimp
sauteed in virgin olive oil and spices, and grilled
to finish. Vegetarians should try the Tomato Pie-tomatos
plentifully filled with mushroom and fresh mozzarella.
And there's the creamy Fusili Spinach (NT$450),
with ricotta and parmessan cheeses. Soups, salads
and risottos also feature on the good-sized menu.
Beyond just a meal, Capone's is a classy occasion,
bringing live music every night of the week. Performances
start at 9 p.m. and the week heats up with Roberto
Zayas's latin flavours. Thursday sees a jazz combo
hit the stage, with progressive modern jazz and
freshly-arranged favourites, arranged by bass
player Rick Taira. Joining him is an international
selection of artists, including Taiwan favourite
Hsiao Bai. This blend of talent makes Capone's
one of Taipei's Thursday night hotspots.
A full bar and fine wines provide accompaniment
to your feast of the senses and, if you needed
any more reason to make a visit, check out the
popular weekday Italian Business Lunch Buffet
at just NT$270 (11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.). Check out
the website for full menu, performance schedule,
and great summer drink offers.