Smooth. It's the only word. Every now and then a café or restaurant appears that oozes swank. Kaprica fills a hole in the current eatery scene, sticking to its individual roots and expressing more maturity and class than most other places currently in vogue.
It's still a fairly new addition to Lincoln Square and a fairly new business for Pietro Barabgallo (I Carusi fame), yet the restaurant sits pretty with confidence and charm.
Pizzas a-plenty, salads and a daily pasta are on the hand-written menu. Wine in a table glass, minimal cake and dessert options, a simple, open space, yet everything is a cut above the rest. Fantastic jazz tunes fill to the vast, high ceiling while the Italian waitresses stumble now and again with a mild language barrier.
Pietro produces his smashing pizza in front of your undoubtedly eager eyes; the whole kitchen set-up continuous with the coffee domain, cash-only register and restaurant. And yes, the coffee is good. Perhaps marginally on the hot side, but that was one out of three.
An absolute must is the broccoli and chilli pizza, along with the Puttanesca. The bases are thin and crusty on the edges, but substantial and very tasty. If chocolate is your thing, in fact, even if it's not, the chocolate tart, made fresh daily, is a taste sensation. House wines are really very nice and (hopefully without sounding fluffy) everyone leaves with a smile!
Kaprica is somewhat hard to see, but I can assure you that once within 5 feet of the door, it will materialise. A seriously inconspicuous roller door swallows the street frontage at lock-up time (see image) so don't be alarmed. Lincoln Square South is where it's at, so be there, or be cuboid. Coffee, lunch or dinner, it's a winner!