Ways to Caprese: Our Tribute to Fresh Italian Flavors

Our favorite things in life are usually Italian food. The best Italian food has fresh quality ingredients. One of Italy’s freshest flavors is their delicious Caprese dishes. The Caprese-style started from simple Italian salad with layers of buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil leaves and a drizzle of olive oil and salt to taste. Caprese dishes aren’t some of the easiest dishes to prepare and makeup of a generous ball of fresh mozzarella, red ripe tomatoes for slicing, a handful of basil leaves and extra virgin olive oil for drizzling. This seemingly simple salad is so popular that it has inspired different variations and Caprese-style creations in the form of pizzas, flatbreads, pasta salads and more. 

Mozzarella Caprese

Try our Trattoria Il Panino Caprese dish, delicious imported bufala mozzarella with backyard tomatoes and basil. All you need is a ripe, juicy, perfectly imperfect heirloom, milky mozzarella, and fragrant fresh basil. 


Grilled Caprese Sandwich 

Escape a simple salad for lunch and try a basic grilled Caprese sandwich.  This sandwich will make you want to eat it everyday at lunch and never get sick of it. The combination of fresh, juicy tomatoes and creamy mozzarella, with the added flavor from the crisp basil leaves and fresh pesto on top of your favorite bread. The fresh pesto makes for a nice addition! Who wouldn’t want to make a boring grilled cheese a little more interesting?


Caprese Burger

Caprese in burger form, yes, please! Who doesn’t love a good charred burger? Grill up juicy 8 oz. burger topped with a fresh basil pesto sauce, melted mozzarella and roasted tomatoes all tucked in between grilled brioche hamburger buns.


Caprese Pizza

Switch up pizza night with Caprese pizza, you can’t go wrong with a classic Caprese pizza! When you think about adding in a new pizza to accommodate vegetarians, this is the best addition. The combination of mozzarella cheese, tomato and basil are the perfect toppings to be made into a pizza., Drizzle balsamic vinegar on top and nothing could possibly go wrong. 


Caprese Omlette 

Wakey wakey, bring on the Caprese breakfast. You’ve had plenty of boring ham and cheese omlettes this time try putting slices of tomato, mozzarella, and basil instead. At Trattoria Il Panino we know you won’t go back to ham and cheese again. 

Caprese Meatballs 

These meatballs will be delicious on their own, they would be equally tasty in your favorite marinara sauce or creamy sauce. In need of a perfect low carb appetizer? Toss the meatballs onto skewers with fresh mozzarella, basil leaves, and cherry tomatoes. These make for the perfect addition to a Caprese pasta if you really want to go crazy with all the Caprese possible.


Trattoria Il Panino loves Caprese. Our chefs will prepare your Mozarella Caprese precisely. If you’re in Boston’s North End, stop by Trattoria Il Panino and try our delicious menu.