Capri, a new southern Italian-inspired restaurant, has popped up under a canopy of lemon trees on the main floor of the Eataly marketplace in Century City.

The limited-time indoor/outdoor dining experience conjures up the atmosphere of the Amalfi coast with an installation of Vietri ceramics hand-painted with the restaurant’s signature lemon motif, as well as a patio with sweeping westside views, where the tables are shaded by blue and white umbrellas typical of Capri’s beach clubs.

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Grilled swordfish with lemon and capers (Michele Stueven)

Executive Chef and Naples native Giuseppe Manco pays meticulous attention to the coastal menu – heavy on seafood, pasta and market vegetables.  

Pizzas include a traditional Neapolitan white buffalo mozzarella with chili oil and basil, and a more dramatic housemade Stracciatella with mounds of arugula and sweet cherry tomatoes topping the creamy fresh mozzarella curds. Cheese is king at Capri, with a tableside caprese cart that offers three different varieties of mozzarella, with a selection of local tomatoes and other accompaniments.  

The scialatielli pasta with mussels and clams, as well as the homemade flower-shaped caciotta cheese-filled ravioli in a bright  tomato sauce, are primi standouts. Main courses worth trying are the tender grilled swordfish with lemon and capers, alongside sauteed spicy broccoli rabe. Continuing the California-meets-Capri theme, the Delizia di Limone dessert is a pillowy lemon sponge cake with Limoncello cream filling, lemon glaze, sprinkled with lemon zest. There’s also a classic Babà al Rum al Taglio yeasted cake soaked in rum and filled with cream.

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Stracciatella pizza (Michele Stueven)

Beverage Director and fellow Naples native Luigi Capasso turns things upside down with his Cocktail dei Faraglioni, a glass of prosecco garnished with a popsicle made from local fruit, and a build-your-own spritz option where you can choose your own preferred spirits for a personalized cocktail. And, an Italian gin and tonic with the aroma of rosemary, the lemon’s best friend, is a refreshing sip on the patio overlooking  the Century City riviera. 

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Caciotta cheese-filled ravioli (Michele Stueven)

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Capri meets California at Eataly (Michele Stueven)

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