Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Fun Times in the Madison Area - Casa Capelli

We're always on the hunt for new places to try (both at home and when we're on the road). Sunday and Monday nights can be a little bleak, as many places are closed, but that just makes us stretch out of our comfort zone a bit. The first Monday we were in Madison, we decided to stick with the "restaurants in bank buildings" theme we started two nights earlier at Vault by visiting Casa Capelli in Ashtabula.

A little more than 30 years younger than the old bank in Madison, the former Farmer's National Bank in Ashtabula is a more imposing structure, both outside and in. This photo shows the tellers windows in what is now the main dining room.

photo from the restaurant's website

the dining room today

stained glass ceiling is something else, even on a rainy evening

Despite the somewhat lavish surroundings, the restaurant is a no-nonsense Mom and Pop establishment that prides itself on making things from scratch. Our server was honest and efficient; the food pretty good. They carry a nice selection of local wines to go along with a menu that is primarily Italian with a few Mexican dishes thrown in for fun. Dinner included a big green salad and a basket of bread to start.
we both had fajitas - chicken for me (above) and shrimp for C (below)
"Served with Spanish rice, shredded cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo, salsa, sour cream, and flour tortillas."

C wished there were a few more shrimp on his platter but I had plenty of chicken to share with him. It was a filling and satisfying meal. I wouldn't go out of my way to visit, but if you're in the neighborhood, you'll have a nice meal at a good price.

Casa Capelli
4641 Main Avenue
Ashtabula, Ohio

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