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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bottega di Capri - Brookline, MA

Brookline. Boston. Spuckie. Sub. Muffaletta. Italian. Sometimes things are close, but they're not quite right. Last time the savages sat down for a sub in Brookline at Cutty's, we were served a toasted sandwich on a roll with a carrot-olive tapenade called "The Spuckie." To me, a spuckie is old-school Boston slang for a sub from the Italian word spucadella. Now was Cutty's spuckie a spuckie? Sure. Was it an Italian sub? Not exactly. While Cutty's makes Best of Boston lists serving muffaletta-syle spuckies in Brookline, Bottega di Capri is not mincing any words serving true Italian Subs and other Italian dishes less than a block down the road.
È quello che è
Inside, you will find about a dozen seats in front of a counter holding some fine, cured meats and freshly baked bread. Behind the counter, you can peer into the kitchen where the two-man team creates some delicious looking pasta dishes listed on the tastefully-drawn chalk menu on the wall. However, when you got the Don of Deli Meats in the building, we're not eating no pasta.

The Italiano sub is very fairly priced at $7.50 for a large and $5.25 for a small. They don't play around here with ingredients either. Mortadella, salami, sopressata, and provolone topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, hots, olive oil and vinegar. It's textbook. The imported meats are hand-sliced to order onto a freshly baked sub roll and served in a basket if you eat the sub in-house and film yourself like a lunatic. Don't worry though, there are plenty of smart-looking, Brookline types sitting by themselves reading esoteric texts and eating soup.
Handsome, isn't it?
Peep the video below to see your boy Matt E. Bonez bite into glory.

Like I said earlier, the Italiano here is textbook. All of the ingredients are there. The meats are sliced thin and layered evenly. Because the sub is sliced all the way through, each bite is balanced. The bread has a slight crust on the outside and is very soft on the inside--it's great. The cheese is placed on top of the toppings, which is a bit different, but does not alter the taste. The locks of lettuce are sliced thin like a lady's hair, which is reminiscent of Tutto Italiano yet not as copious; the lettuce is neutral. The oil, vinegar, and hots are all delicious if not a bit underwhelming. However, that point is the best part of this sub: it's delicious but not overwhelming. At $7.50, it is a hefty and delicious, hand-sliced sub. With a bit more meat, a slightly crustier bread, or a more flavorful hot relish, this might be a near perfect Italian. As it is, however, it's very, very good, and at the price, it's great. 

When you know you're in Brookline and you know you want an Italian Sub, stop by Bottega di Capri, you'll get what you want.

Bottega di Capri
41 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02445

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