A huge big thank you to Vivienne who put a lot of work into this article. This means a lot to us as many of our customers that have not been in recently or read the blog, are not aware of when we are closing. We were also visited yesterday by Clyde 1 Radio Station who interviewed Costanzo and he was featured on the main news last night! On hearing his voice on the radio, Costanzo remarked that he sounded a bit like Sean Connery (with an accent of course) which isn’t a bad thing! Running round the cash and carry this morning took longer than usual with all the staff shouting they had heard him on the radio! Costanzo’s grandson Ronan also remarked that did this mean his Nonno was famous? We think infamous is more of an apt description for Costanzo!
Already we are getting phone calls to book for the final night of The Caprese. Sadly it is not possible to fit everyone that wants to be there on that final night and we are already squeezing in who we can on that evening. We are taking bookings for January and February 2011 though so we would advise you if you are thinking of coming along before we close, please book early. We think that the whole month of February will be pretty hectic to squeeze everyone in but we will do what we can to accommodate everyone on alternative nights if need be. So, to reiterate, we are fully booked for the Saturday 26th February 2011 and the days prior to that date are filling up fast so get on the phone now and book your place before it’s too late!
Here is the article from todays Evening Times:-
It would be easy to miss the little basement restaurant whose narrow front door faces the giant Buchanan Galleries in the heart of Glasgow.
But the unassuming Italian eatery has played host to some of the biggest international stars of both stage and screen.
The walls of Caprese are literally covered with photographs of some of the generations of diners who have eaten at the red- checked tablecloths.
But scattered among them are pictures of superstars who are more used to dining in the world’s top restaurants.
Owner Costanzo Cacace has become used to cooking for megastars and takes their appearance in his stride.
When he first opened the restaurant 26 years ago, he got to know bosses at the Citizens Theatre who quickly adopted the little restaurant, treating it as an off-site canteen.
One evening Costanzo received a phone call from the theatre saying a very important person would arrive for dinner at 10pm.
He was not given any further details, so was stunned when film star Lauren Bacall walked down the steps.
The star appeared alongside Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep and went on to marry him.
Costanzo said: “A lot of my customers start leaving around 10pm, but when Lauren Bacall arrived they all cancelled their taxis and started ordering more food and wine. I asked what they were doing and they said they were not going to leave until she did.”
American rock singer, songwriter and musician Alice Cooper has a career spanning more than four decades and a stage show featuring guillotines, electric chairs and fake blood.
He not only ate in Caprese but enjoyed the experience so much he agreed to pose for a photograph with Costanzo’s daughters.
Movie star and screenwriter Dan Aykroyd, who was one half of the Blues Brothers, has dropped in for dinner as has award-winning Shakespearean actor Derek Jacobi.
Fellow thespians Alan Rickman and Rupert Everett have also taken time out from their busy schedules to visit Caprese.
Other celebrity diners include Billy Connolly, Gregory’s Girl star John Gordon Sinclair, Duchess of Duke Street and Dynasty star Christopher Casenove and actress turned politician Glenda Jackson.
Glenda is not the only politician to make Caprese their restaurant of choice while in Glasgow.
Former First Minister Donald Dewar was a regular and ex-Prime Minister Gordon Brown and former Labour leader Neil Kinnock have also perused the menu.
Costanzo said: “A lot of people came here first when they were just starting out but many come back every time they are in Glasgow.
“I have known Rupert Everett for more than 20 years and he is now more of a friend than a customer.
“He told me that if ever Julia Roberts or Madonna were in town he would bring them to the restaurant for dinner.”
Other celebs who have dined at Caprese include Gimme, Gimme, Gimme star Kathy Burke, Four Weddings and a Funeral star Simon Callow, X Factor judge Danni Minogue, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, Tom Conti, To the Manor Born stars Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles, One Foot in the Grave’s Richard Wilson, Patsy Kensit with then husband Jim Kerr of Simple Minds, Amanda Holden and then husband Les Dennis and actress Liza Goddard.