In a nod toward diners’ growing preference to eat smaller portions of more varied dishes at an easier price point, Juan Vega has recast his Italian restaurant, Tentazione Ristorante, as the pan-Mediterranean Capriccio Bistro Wines & Tapas (141 N. Congress Ave., 561/731-2627).
In addition to name and menu changes, the three-year-old, 60-seat Boynton Beach eatery also underwent a modest décor makeover, with a wall taken out to open up the dining room and a more masculine, bistro-eseque look.
Chef Anthony Alvarez is still in charge of the kitchen, but the menu has been expanded to include more than a dozen different small plates, from Spanish-style tapas like gambas al ajillo and escarole sautéed with chorizo, tomatoes, beans and garlic to typical Italian nibbles like arancini and fritto misto. All but two are $10 or less.
Along with the new, larger food menu comes a new wine list that offers both higher end bottles like Brunello and Super Tuscans and more affordable wines for every day drinking. Even better, they’re priced substantially less than comparable wines at many other restaurants, with a majority of them costing between $25 and $35 a bottle.
One more treat for budding oenophiles is Capriccio’s Thursday night wine tastings, where from 5 to 7 p.m. $20 gets you two glasses of wine and a chef’s selection of tapas.