Capra's Kitchen
By YP Contributor

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His friends told him he was crazy, but when celebrity chef Massimo Capra gets an idea stuck in his Italian-Canadian head, it’s hard to shake. “People warned me that ‘the 905’ might not be the right place for my next venture, but I had a feeling they were wrong," says Massimo. "I don’t care who you are or where you live, everyone appreciates great food. Right?” His hunch paid off; line-ups formed nightly outside of his new Mississauga restaurant even before it had officially launched. Capra’s Kitchen was an instant success.

No doubt Massimo's track record as restaurateur, cookbook author and Food Network personality contributed to the immediate appeal of his new restaurant. Prior to Capra’s Kitchen, this effervescent entrepreneur had already launched several successful restaurants, most notably Toronto’s popular Mistura and Sopra, and Pearson Airport’s Boccone. Some might wonder why a guy at this stage of his career would even bother to open one more…but Massimo has good reason.

Honestly, since Capra’s Kitchen opened, I can’t wait to get to work every day. - Massimo Capra, owner and chef
Capra's Kitchen boasts an impressive dining space.
Photo courtesy of Capra's Kitchen
Capra's Kitchen boasts an impressive dining space.
Photo courtesy of Capra's Kitchen

Closer to the heart and home

Massimo’s former projects had always come about with the involvement of partners, but now he envisioned something different. He explains, “This place, this time, it’s just about me and Rosa.” Rosa, his wife and favourite business partner, shared his vision for a restaurant close to their Mississauga home, and she was also responsible for designing the inviting, casual-chic interior of Capra’s Kitchen.

Massimo admits that the planning and renovations for Capra’s Kitchen were “a huge pain in the ahem,” but he adds that he and Rosa are now “having a lot of fun.” The location being close to their home is a huge plus, and they enjoy interacting with their community in a whole new way. “Honestly, since Capra’s Kitchen opened,” the chef says, “I can’t wait to get to work every day.”

At Capra's Kitchen, chef Massimo's signature red beet risotto is as pretty as it is delicious!
Talented and passionate, chef Massimo Capra could not be more excited about bringing his vision for "true Italian food" to Mississauga. Photo by Sam Fornasiero
Capra's Kitchen serves thin crust pizza.
Pizzas are a favourite at Capra's – takeout available too! Photo courtesy of Capra's Kitchen
Capra's Kitchen serves an enticing plate of olives.
Photo courtesy of Capra's Kitchen

Mangia! Mangia!

Of course, the most exciting thing at Capra’s Kitchen is the food. The authentic Italian thin-crust pizzas are very popular, in particular “The Capra,” which is topped with goat cheese, fresh spinach, pesto, peppers and onions. More adventurous diners might try the Natale, garnished with roasted squash, fontina, parmigiano, cranberries, walnuts and roasted onions.

The menu also features house-made pastas, soups, entrées and divine desserts. All are prepared the Italian way – with just a few well-chosen, in-season, best-quality ingredients.

Even some of the chef’s signature dishes from Mistura are on the menu, most notably his famous sweet-and-savoury red beet risotto – “made properly,” of course, with just the right amount of al dente bite left to the grains.

At Capra's Kitchen, chef Massimo's signature red beet risotto is as pretty as it is delicious!
Chef Massimo's signature red beet risotto is as pretty as it is delicious! He'll even share his recipe...Photo by Sam Fornasiero
Capra's Kitchen is equipped not just for lunch and dinner, but also for cocktails and antipasto at the bar or for an afternoon espresso and dolce.
Capra's is equipped not just for lunch and dinner, but also for cocktails and antipasto at the bar or for an afternoon espresso and dolce. Photo by Sam Fornasiero

A laid-back, lively atmosphere

Massimo has always dreamed of owning a casual neighbourhood restaurant, one bustling with friendly servers, clinking wine glasses, and lively conversation. “A place that’s really alive! A true Italian trattoria!” he exclaims, with hands waving in the air for emphasis. “Have you been to those really high-end places where nobody talks, and it’s super stuffy?” he  asks, leaning in, his trademark handlebar moustache twitching slightly, and eyebrows raised inquisitively over his horn-rimmed glasses. He shakes his bald head vigorously and proudly pronounces, “No way is this place ever gonna be like that!”

Judging by way he often makes the rounds, conversing and joking with diners – and based on all the enthusiasm at the tables – it seems Massimo’s boisterous trattoria dream has truly come to life. Bravo, Massimo!

The atmosphere at Capra's Kitchen is fun and relaxed, with Massimo often out chatting with guests.
The atmosphere at Capra's Kitchen is fun and relaxed, with Massimo often out chatting with guests. Photo by Sam Fornasiero
Capra's Kitchen, conveniently located on Lakeshore Road West in the building formerly occupied by La Felicità, boasts warm weather patio seating for 96.
Capra's Kitchen, conveniently located on Lakeshore Road West in the building formerly occupied by La Felicità, boasts warm weather patio seating for 96. Photo by Sam Fornasiero
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