Kaprica

19-21 Lincoln Square
Carlton, VIC 3053
03 9639 6222
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Kaprica Pizzeria Carlton 6799

This unassuming little restaurant had been sitting in my radar for awhile. It’s consistently packed with diners and I heard it’s known for good, tasty pizzas at friendly prices. Part of the reason why I never paid a visit was because I tend to avoid crowded places… but little did I know that you could book!

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And that’s what happened… Melanie revisited Melbourne for her graduation ceremony and she organised a little gathering of 6 friends here because it’s one of her favourite pizza joints during her student days in 2014. I was more than happy to finally get to dine here.

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Kaprica’s a very cosy restaurant with warm-wood tables, friendly waitstaff and menus scrawled on paper and then photocopied. After we ordered, the bread basket arrived. I thought the bread could’ve been softer and served warmer. Ambience-wise, I’ll have to say they played fantastic lounge music that evening… pleasant, not too loud but head-bobbingly catching… slightly reminiscent of Ku De Ta in Bali!

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Prosciutto, Salumi 12

We started off with a couple of appetisers. I was slightly disappointed that the buffalo mozzarella with fresh basil and tomato wasn’t available that evening. All that said, this little platter of cold cuts also satisfied.

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Prawns, Chilli, Garlic Panfried 16

The other appetiser was a serve of panfried prawns. While I tend to prefer my cooked prawns to be more ‘meaty’ rather than ‘bouncy’, it was still pretty alright and I enjoyed dipping the breads in garlic-infused olive oil ‘sauce’.

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Mushroom Trio Deluxe Asiago 20

And of course we had to sample the pizzas. This offering of mushrooms was quite nice, although the cooking was a bit uneven where one half of the pizza was more chargrilled than the other half. And maybe I’m being a bit bandwagon-ish… but I thought that having a sprinkle of truffle oil with this pizza would’ve lifted its yum-factor even more.

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Pomodoro Prosciutto Mozzarella, Basil 20

And who could say no to more prosciutto? This pizza was well made…. it had a good crust and I liked most of the ingredients except I’ve been spoilt with the fresh hand-torn buffalo mozzarellas (both local and Italian-sourced) used at D.O.C. Here, it was more cooked and hence more firm-chewy (like in most pizza places) as opposed to fresh, milky-soft and curd-like.

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Gnocchi Pomodoro Buffalo Mozz 20

On the upside, some of the non-pizza dishes were lovely… in particular this pillowy soft gnocchi in a lovingly light fresh tomato sauce. In this case, I didn’t mind the textural contrast of having a bit of chewy (and tasty) mozzarella cheese in this dish.

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Fettucine Clams Garlic Chilli 20

Our final shared main dish was fettucine alla vongole, which had good flavour but was on the oily side for my liking.

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Tiramisu $9

We ended our meal with a lot more wonderful chatting over two shared serves of tiramisu.This dessert was good.

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I think the quality of the food at Kaprica is better than many of the Italian places along Lygon St, and the pricing’s more affordable indeed compared to having a meal at my current benchmark pizza place: D.O.C. (we spent $25 pax at Kaprica).

But over the years, the cost of the pizzas here have risen from $17 to $20 for a large pizza, closing the price gap against DOC where its (slightly larger) pizzas range between $20-$24.9. What this means is I’d rather fork out a few more dollars to have a pizza at D.O.C. because I personally prefer the pizzas there.

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