By: Bob Gourley
Psst Buddy! I know a great speakeasy where you can hang out, enjoy some traditional Italian cuisine and even listen to live music. Capo’s Speakeasy is a tribute to those mobster hangouts that were part of the Vegas landscape before the corporations took over.
In order to enter, you first have to push a doorbell alerting the staff. Then a well-dressed individual will open a small window and ask you for the password.
Once inside, you will no doubt sit at one the red leather booths that are part of the nostalgia theme.
When it comes time to eat, the menu of authentic items will whet your appetite. Starters include Bogey’s Bruschetta featuring fresh-diced tomatoes, basil, grated cheese, pesto and olive oil sitting on top of crostini.
Mafioso Caprese is accented with heirloom tomatoes, Sicilian buffalo mozzarella and basil with a crown of prosciutto, olive oil and balsamic reduction. What would a serious Italian restaurant be without a bowl of Pasta Faggioli? It is readily available and very popular.
“Made-Man Pastas” are built with Al Capone family secret sauces. Uncle Pauly’s Arrabiata is constructed with penne pasta, garlic and crushed red pepper. Rigatoni Trafficante is a mix of noodles stuffed with cheese and then tossed with peas, mushrooms and prosciutto in creamy alfredo sauce.
House specialties include very fresh bread and a choice of soup or a house salad that is filled with a variety of ingredients. Two dressings (Italian or creamy garlic) are both great accompaniments. I enjoy chicken breasts stuffed with just about anything and their Stuffed Chicken Anastasi has ricotta cheese and spinach inside along with Capone sauce.
Capo’s should get an award for clever entrée names. How about The Chef Sleeps with Fishes? Jumbo shrimp, sun-dried tomatoes and prosciutto are tossed with garlic cream sauce sitting on top of fettucine.
A couple of steaks fit the theme well. There is a 14-ounce boneless rib eye or New York that includes garlic mashed potatoes. Both a chicken or vegetable parmigiana are available.
Many restaurants rely on local bakeries for their desserts, but that is not the case here. Selections from “The Last Ride” list are baked in-house every day.
Big Al’s Cheese cake has a choice of sauce. Dillinger’s chocolate-dipped cannoli is a winner along with Jimmy Two Times favorite, tiramisu. Chocolate devotees will want to order Leo’s Lips Lava Cake that oozes with chocolate topped with vanilla ice cream.
Still family-owned, the owners love to point out that they have served over one million patrons. Their website offers testimonials from people located in distant cities that visit every time they come to Vegas. Visitors can also take home Capone family secret sauces.
Here is a hot tip for locals. Those with a Nevada driver’s license can get two-for-one entrees (up to $20.00) on Tuesdays. Regulars tell me that they are really busy on that night of the week so reservations are a must.
Well buddy! Did you like my tip? Good, pass it on!
Capo’s Speakeasy, open for lunch and dinner, 5675 W. Sahara Blvd., Las Vegas. (702) 364-2276. www. Caposrestaurant.com.