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Food adventure @ Kaprica

I’ve been at uni for over seven years now and it was only recently that I discovered the existence of Kaprica! Located super close to uni (how had I missed it all these years?!), the cosy eatery serves up a gourmet taste of Italia. With J in the mood for pizza one Friday night, we decided to the pay Kaprica a visit. 

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The interior. 

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Complimentary bread. 

This still has me scratching my head, but it’s really beyond puzzling that they thought they could serve up burnt bread… even if it was complimentary!! After asking the waitress for a switch, she returned with some non-burnt, salted bread. 

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Fettuccine - with clams, garlic and chilli. 

The freshly-made pasta was perfectly silky and light but was let down by the bland flavouring and lack of seasoning. There were the occasional bursts of spice and herbed aroma from the parsley but the bites in between were dull. The pasta was coated in too much oil, leaving the lips unpleasantly slick after each bite. 

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Pizza - with pomodoro, mozzarella, pesto and hot salami. 

The pizza base was both crispy and light, resulting in a great crunch with each bite. Even without the salami, there was enough flavouring in the tomato paste, creamy melted mozzarella and pesto. And whew, they weren’t lying about the ‘hot’ aspect of the salami, adding to all the other elements to create a flavour storm that blew the palate away! 

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Pizza - with pomodoro, smoked salmon, mascarpone, onion and fish roe. 

The taste and texture of the smoked salmon was absolutely gorgeous. The creamy mascarpone was very light, and paired perfectly with the salmon. Meanwhile, other elements like the juicy zing from the capers and roe and the bite from the red onion also made a mark on the taste buds. Without throwing a punch like the hot salami, the salmon pizza still managed to shine with its perfect flavour combinations. 

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We took a peek at the sweets on display and couldn’t say resist ordering some tarts. 

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Strawberry tart.

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The tart base was wonderfully short while the ricotta filling was airy light and its extent of sweetness just to my liking (not overly sweet). The juicy strawberries not only sharpened the tart’s appearance but also brought with it a lively burst of sweetness. 

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Lemon tart.

The sweetness and tartness of the silky lemon curd filling was very well balanced. Definitely one to order for the lemon dessert fans out there.  

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The great texture of the pizza bases and delicious combination of ingredients alongside the desserts more than made up for the let down of the pasta. When it came down to the pizzas, I could even say that it was love at first bite! Definitely worth a revisit… much, much sooner than in seven years’ time! 

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Kaprica

19 Lincoln Square South,

Carlton, Victoria, 3053. 

(03) 9347 1138