Waltham, MA 02451
Waltham wasn’t always on the culinary map. But when Il Capriccio began racking up awards in the early ‘90s, knowledgeable foodies beat a path to this 128-belt suburb – and not all of them were computer geeks, either.
Today, chef-owner Rich Barron and his partner Jeannie Rogers run what is widely acknowledged as one of the best destinations for Italian food and wine in the country. Among awards too numerous to be listed here, Il Capriccio has been awarded Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence countless times. Credit Rogers, a world-class sommelier and devotee of Italian reds.
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Richard Barron, Newton native and George Washington University graduate, began his culinary career literally on the streets of Washington D.C., working for a catering company that sold gourmet goods from pushcarts. After working at a series of restaurants and hotels in D.C. and Cambridge, Massachusetts, he entered the Culinary Institute of America and upon graduation helped to open Il Capriccio.
Greatly influenced by original owner Enzo Danesi, a native of Milan, Barron developed his unique interpretation of Northern Italian cooking, using the freshest products, cooking them simply and maximizing the tastes and textures as only the Italians can do.
After a stint as Sous Chef at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Barron returned to Il Capriccio. Together with partner and wine guru Jeannie Rogers, Barron has since elevated the restaurant to its current position as a nationally known culinary destination, in a high-tech suburb of Boston.
Il Capricio's many awards include two years running as Sante magazine's Best Northeast Restaurant "Cooking for Wine" and Boston Magazine's Best Sommelier, multiple Awards of Excellence from the Wine Spectator, and consistent inclusion in Zagat Survey's Boston Top Ten and Gourmet magazine's "America's Top Tables."
Barron's sophisticated cooking has caused many a critic to ponder whether the best Italian cooking in Boston is actually in Waltham. The regularity with which Il Capriccio is booked weeks in advance may be evidence that some people think so.
In any case, we can all agree that Barron has come a long way from that pushcart in D.C.