Il Capo is ultimate in relaxed dining
If you’re looking for the ultimate in casual dining this summer and autumn, then you don’t need to look beyond Il Capo in the Summerhill Shopping Centre.
Shane Mooney and senior staff member Karen Wagener are looking forward to meeting and greeting their customers at their distinctive Pasta and Pizzeria off Ruapehu Drive.
They believe they can satisfy their customers in three distinctive ways. People can dine in at Il Capo, at tables inside or outside the cafe, phone in their order and pick up a delicious Penne alla Romana pasta or delectable Siciliano pizza, or call in, place their order, complete their supermarket shopping and pick up their banquet on the way home.
Il Capo is BYO and, on a fine day customers can savour a glass of wine or beer, dine outside and enjoy the day in a sheltered, tranquil spot.
Shane lists 16 different pizzas for people to choose from. His most popular pizzas are Pollo rucola (chicken breast, spinach, feta cheese and oregano), Boscaiola (tomatoes, bacon, egg, mushrooms, onions, sliced potatoes, garlic and oregano) and Vegetariana Classico (tomatoes, mushrooms, capsicum, zucchini, avocado, artichokes and oregano).
Then there’s the specialty of the house that his pizzeria is named after. Il Capo (the boss) includes such appetising ingredients as ham, mushrooms, salami, capsicum, cabanossi, olives and oregano.
Shane and Karen point out that customer wishes are paramount. ‘‘If they want a few extra options in their pizza, then we’ll design and create one of their choice,’’ they say.
They also list 10 different pasta choices. All are very popular but Shane says customers can’t resist his Fettuccine alla Pollo (chicken and mushrooms in a creamy sauce), Spaghetti alla Carbonara (bacon, egg, garlic, cracked pepper) or Pesto alla Genovese (ribboned pasta with sun dried tomatoes, basil pesto, garlic and pine nuts).
‘‘We pride ourselves on good food, with a unique Kiwi touch, at a good price with great service,’’ Shane says.
In addition Il Capo offers garlic pizza bread and basil pizza bread with the option of cheese on top and oven baked fries. Coffee and cold drinks are also available.
Shane buys his fillings from local suppliers and all his pizzas and pastas are fresh and individually made on the premises with the best of ingredients. They’re cooked en masse elsewhere and frozen until use.
Shane is working on some new seasonal pizza flavours which he’ll unfold as the year progresses.
To pre-order, leave a message on Il Capo’s facebook page or ring 06-350-0040. If the call is after hours, leave a voicemail and Shane assures people he’ll respond.