By Dana Eastland. CAPUTO, the new restaurant from Marin-based Boca Restaurant Group that we mentioned last month, is now open in South Beach. The food is rustic, trattoria-style Italian with a California sensibility, from chef-partner Sam Ramadan. The kitchen is centered around the wood-fired grill, where much of the food is prepared, including grilled octopus, whole branzino, and lamb. Neapolitan-style pizzas are cooked in the wood-fired oven, and other signature items include a braised lamb tongue, pecorino flan, and a seasonal selection of housemade pastas.
The dining room seats 100, with room for an additional 40 on the patio. There is also a 17-seat marble bar with cocktails from John Oyarzon that run the gamut from classic to contemporary, including an Aperol spritz and a barrel-aged Negroni. The wine list from Paul Einbund is focused on California wines, with some international selections as well. There are 8 wines on tap, available by the glass or carafe, as well as 22 options by the glass, including 3 sparkling options. Take a look at the drink list and full menu here. Hours are Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm. 100 Brannan St. at Embarcadero, 415-543-9720.
The bar area at Caputo. Photo courtesy of Caputo.