The Original Capo’s Restaurant and Speakeasy

Traditional but timeless. This is what the Original Capo’s Restaurant and Speakeasy has to offer. It welcomes its guests with a speakeasy entrance, with a combination of quiet and elegant approach.

The recipes of the restaurant have been passed through generations and successfully combines good food and a good atmosphere. What makes the place even better are the friendly and knowledgeable people that make up their staff. The restaurant with a mob theme promises to leave an unforgettable experience to its patrons.

How to Speak Speakeasy

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Speakeasies became known during the period of Prohibition, which ran from the era of 9120 to 1933. This period was the time when the federal government began to ban the sale, manufacturing, and transportation of alcohol. The ban, as a result, made the dole out of booze on quiet (therefore, “speak easy”).

Because of the period of Prohibition, people had to whisper code words to enter illegal drinking dens, saloons, or nightclubs that sold illicit alcoholic beverages. The bars claim to sell soft drinks, but in reality, they serve liquor behind the scenes. The culture of speakeasies made an environment where gangsters, the wealthy, and the lower classes could all gather to drink and socialize together.

The clubs can be found almost everywhere – from attics, basements, office buildings, rooming houses, to even private homes. Several of these dens offer membership cards, and a person can only be admitted if they know the owner or the password to enter. Movie stars, government officials, and wealthy celebrities were frequent visitors of the nightclubs.

Low-class establishments or speakeasies, also known as either “blind pig” or “blind tiger” even existed during the era. The lowest form that was also given “clip joint” as a nickname was famous for the several crimes and forms of violence that took place in it. On the other hand, high-quality speakeasies were the home for the cabaret form of entertainment, which provides venues to many jazz musicians. 

The massive amount of profit made through all of these establishments resulted in the rivalry between several gangsters that fought over various territories. The lift of the Prohibition made the people sulking through the many self-styled speakeasies of the city. As police officers begin to close one venue, a new one will replace it in its place.

Inside the Menu

Salads

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Capo’s House

Capo’s House salad is a fusion of spring mix and romaine lettuce with homemade Italian dressing. It comes with artichokes, parmesan cheese, and bruschetta as its toppings. The customer may also decide to add grilled chicken breast or shrimp, depending on their liking.

Nico’s Caesar

Still, with Romaine lettuce, Nico’s Caesar comes along with imported cheeses and croutons. Tossed in the salad is Nico’s secret dressing with a dash of garlic and lemon. Shrimp and grilled chicken breast can also be added upon request.

Uncle Sal’s Mix

Uncle Sal’s Mix is a combination of spring mix, cucumber, onion, bacon bits, and tomatoes. Either with grilled chicken breast or shrimp, the mix is completed by Capo’s homemade raspberry walnut vinaigrette.

Sandwiches

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Vinnie’s Chicken Parmesan Melt

Vinnie’s Chicken Parmesan Melt comes with a chicken breast that is first, breaded, then fried. It is topped with mozzarella cheese and the “Capone family secret” sauce. The entire sandwich is baked to golden perfection.

Chi-Town Sausage

The Italian sausage can come sauteed with Capo’s homemade Chicago-style Giardiniera and onion mix. It can also be served covered in their “Capone Family Secret” sauce.

Da Mob Meatball Melt

If Capo is famous for one thing, it is because of its homemade meatballs. The sandwich is covered with provolone cheese, then with their “Capone Family Secret” sauce to finish. It is then baked to golden perfection.

Vegetarian meatball is available upon the customer’s request.

Auntie G’s Antipasto

Auntie G’s Antipasto is a combination of different flavors. It has thinly sliced chicken breast with assorted Italian meats and cheeses. The sandwich also has roasted red pepper and spinach, and lemon pesto aioli to finish.

Rat Pack Italian Beef

Rat Pack Italian Beef boasts of its Chicago style roast beef. Capo’s homemade Chicago style Giardiniera pepper and onion mix top the sandwich off.

Joey’s Burger

Joey’s Burger is a whopping 8oz. of all-beef burgers grilled upon the reference of the customer. It can be topped with either their Chicago style Giardiniera pepper and onion mix or a combination of mayo, sliced onion, lettuce, and tomato. The customer may also decide to add either cheese or bacon as an extra topping, or even both.

Made Man Pastas

Capo's Restaurant Pasta
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Big Dom’s Primavera

Either with grilled chicken breast or shrimp, Big Dom’s Primavera comes with penne tossed with a mix of fresh vegetables, olive oil, garlic, and parmesan cheese.

Santucci’s Pasta

Santucci’s Pasta is simply spaghetti with “Capone Family Secret” as its sauce. A vegetarian meal is also available for this variant. Guests may also decide to add Italian sausage, homemade meatball, and meat sauce.

Capone’s Carbonara

Gently topped with Capo’s garlic egg cream sauce is a fusion of different flavors. Capone’s Carbonara consists of fettuccine, shallots, pancetta, tomatoes, peas, and red onions. Grilled chicken breast and shrimp are also available as additional ingredients for the pasta.

A Hidden Gem

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The Original Capo’s Restaurant and Speakeasy, unlike other speakeasy places, keeps its front as calm and quiet as it can be. The location is off the Strip, which requires people to pass through a hidden entry first before they find their way in.

They are located at 5675 W. Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, Nevada. You can call them at 702-364-2276 (CAPO).

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