Take a Sneak Peek at Capriccio's New Cookbook!

Available for purchase on the website 

New Café Capriccio Cookbook Emphasizes the Mediterranean Diet

Healthy eating needs healthy cooking, and it now comes in an all-in-one cookbook from Albany’s top-rated restaurant Café Capriccio, which has been offering this kind of fare for over 35 years. Café Capriccio: Cooking Lessons with Jim Rua and Franco Rua (Capriccio Press) presents a guide to the Mediterranean diet and 99 recipes drawn from the restaurant’s repertory and customized for the home cook. An overview of the doctor-recommended diet is followed by a guide to kitchen equipment and cooking techniques, and a look at what to stock the pantry so a healthy meal is always at hand.

The recipes cover a variety of meat, poultry, and fish dishes, such as Chicken Breasts with Orange and Mint; Veal Scaloppini with Lemon; Cod with Mustard, Toasted Breadcrumbs, and Herbs; and the Tuscan classic Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine-style Porterhouse Steak), alongside vegetable-based entrées (Mixed Grill of Artichokes, Zucchini, Peppers, and Onions; Steamed Asparagus with Grilled Mango and Grilled Oranges), and, of course, pasta dishes (Spaghetti with Broccoli Raab; Angel Hair with Zucchini & Fresh Tomatoes; and a classic Puttanesca).

The book also serves as the textbook for Café Capriccio’s Monday-night cooking classes at the restaurant (49 Grand Street, Albany, NY). And it all comes in an attractive wire-bound volume that’s easy to lay flat and cook from. It will be available for sale online at and at the restaurant.

Café Capriccio: Cooking Lessons with Jim Rua and Franco Rua, Capriccio Press, Albany, NY; 92 pages, $20 plus $7 shipping. PURCHASE


Join Capriccio in Supporting Organ Donation in NYS!


Join Capriccio in Supporting Organ Donation in NYS!


Join Jim Rua and Cafe Capriccio in supporting the NYS organ and tissue donation registry program.  Did you know that over 5 million New Yorkers have already signed up to save lives in New York State.  One of Capriccio's family members is currently waiting for a kidney as are many, many New Yorkers.  Join Capriccio in considering joining the NYS organ donation only takes a few minutes to save a life or multiple lives.  LEARN MORE!


December Cooking Classes Feature the Christmas Feast of the 7 Fishes!


December Cooking Classes Feature the Christmas Feast of the 7 Fishes!


The traditional Italian-American Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes is by far the most popular cooking class we have given over the years at Cafe Capriccio.  Jim and Franco will offer 4 different "Seven Fishes" menus to explore a wide variety of possibilities: The dates are: Monday, December 4, Monday, December 11, Tuesday, December 12, and Monday, December 18.  Join us for one or more classes where we will prepare and enjoy the most interesting Italian fish and shellfish dishes from the north, south, east, and west.  Classes will include cooking instructions and four course meal as described (with wine) at each session.  Classes will be limited to 12 participants and must be reserved on our website, first come first served.  The cost is $70 per person, plus tax and a 20% gratuity shared by two servers: total cost $90.00 per person. Classes begin at 6:30 PM and will conclude around 9 PM.  Learn More...


Reservations Now Being Accepted for our Tuscany 2018 Trip to Italy!


Reservations Now Being Accepted for our Tuscany 2018 Trip to Italy!

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Join us for an incredible trip to Tuscany in the Fall of 2018.  Capriccio Travel is now taking reservations for our popular annual trip to beautiful Toscana!  The trip will feature 9 days of food, wine, and beautiful Tuscan landscapes.  Half of the excursion will be based at the remarkable and bucolic organic vineyard of Fattoria Lavacchio in the heart of the Chianti Region's rolling hills.  The second half of the trip will feature four days in the epicenter of Italian culture in the renowned city of Florence.  The trip is highly popular and fills up very fast on a first come first served basis. Visit us at to register for this exceptional culinary and cultural excursion to Tuscany.



Our First Mediterranean Cooking Class

Last evening, the first of many cooking classes I plan to schedule at Cafe Capriccio was a hoot, and we dined in fine Mediterranean style.  Here are a couple of shots, Jim






Franco and Chris preparing Antipasti  



Grilled Eggplant, Sweet Mini Peppers, Spicy Arugula  


Capriccio Cooking School September Pasta/Sauces Series Announced!


Capriccio Cooking School September Pasta/Sauces Series Announced!

Our August cooking classes sold out in one day but fear not!!! - Our new September schedule has been posted on our website under the "Cooking  School Classes" tab.  September's classes will focus on pastas and mother sauces as well as other delicious sides to perfect your Italian table educational experience. Mangia at the stove with Jim and Franco and other interested chef's in training : )  REGISTER TODAY!



Summer Salad Ideas

Here are a couple of Summer salad inspirations from tonight's menu.

Golden heirloom tomatoes with home made fresh mozzarella and basil from our garden--simple, beautiful, and delicious.  


Below is a surprising combination of oven roasted plum tomatoes topped with spicy calamari segments that have been seared in a wok, and garnished with lemon wedges and fresh herbs. 





Bravo Mio Posto

I enjoyed a wonderful dinner this evening at Danny and Heidi Urschel's new restaurant on Lark Street, Mio Posto.  Described as an American osteria, Mio Posto truly has the look, feel, and menu of an intimate trattoria in a small Tuscan town.  Great guy, great chef, great place.  Good luck Danny and Heidi, and welcome back to Albany. Jim Rua


The last time I enjoyed such a memorable Chicken Scarpariello Andrew Plummer prepared it for me 25 years ago.  Ive been thinking about that dish for a long time and tonight, bingo, Danny nailed it.   




Capriccio Cooking School Offers Summer Classes


Capriccio Cooking School Offers Summer Classes








Summer Classes with Jim and Franco!

Cafe Capriccio's Jim and Franco Rua will offer 5 summer cooking classes in the Chef's Table featuring classic recipes from their forthcoming book:

Mediterranean Cooking Classes with Jim Rua & Franco Rua. Each class will demonstrate fast and easy techniques that home cooks can use every day to prepare delicious Mediterranean style meals. Classes will be informal, intimate, and allow for some hands-on participation, although Jim and Franco will do the cooking.  Participants will enjoy abundant food and wine, and will also receive recipes for all 5 classes. 

Classes will be limited to 12 participants and will begin at 6:30 PM and conclude not later than 9:00 PM. The cost will be $70 per person plus tax and tip.  Wine is included.  We will also enjoy a light dessert although dessert preparation will not be featured in this course.  Join Jim and Franco at the stove this summer and cultivate your inner Italian!

~ Class Schedule ~

Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 6:30 PM

            Grilled Mini Peppers with Eggplant and Arugula

            Spaghetti with Broccoli Rabe, Garlic, Olive Oil, Lemon

            Wild Caught Salmon Grilled on a Stove Top Grill (Gratella)

            Chicken Cutlet Sautéed, Fresh Orange and Mint Seasonings

            Summer Vegetables Steamed


Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 6:30 PM

             Calamari and Mussels Salad

            Pasta with White Clam Sauce

            Encrusted Tuna with Shredded Cabbage

            Duck Leg with Pheasant Sausage, White Beans, Vegetables

            Summer Green Beans, Purple & White Potatoes, Corn


Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 6:30 PM

            Tuscan Antipasto: Franco's Cured Meats with Cheese and Olives

            Pasta Puttanesca

            Stuffed Roasted Quail, Orzo and Greens

            Monkfish with Clams and Mussels

            Greens Sautéed with Sweet Peppers, Lemons and Limes


Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 6:30 PM

            Frittata with Local Eggs, Ricotta, Green Beans, & Pomegranate

            Angel Hair with Zucchini and Fresh Tomatoes

            Tagliata di Manzo: Steak Grilled with Peppers and Greens

            Game Hens al Mattone: Oven Roasted Birds "under a brick"

            Asian Broccoli with Roasted Tomatoes & Feta Cheese


Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 6:30 PM

            Mixed Grill of Artichokes, Zucchini, Peppers, Onions

            Pasta with Tuna, Anchovies, Olives, Tomatoes

            Lamb Chops Grilled (Scodaditto d'Agnello)

            Roasted Cod with Sicilian Salsa

            Grilled Radicchio, Roasted Tomatoes, Long Beans (Serpenti)


Make your reservation now!





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