Brunch is a luxury. The freedom to wake up late enough in the day to miss breakfast, combined with the flexibility to eat lunch earlier is something not a lot of people have. So if you’re going to take a brunch, you ought to do it well. One of your best brunch venues is in Torrance, on the edge of Rancho Palos Verdes, and it’s called Capicola’s Gourmet Sandwich Co. What Capicola’s does best is provide with you options you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else.
Cronuts & Other Delights
Case in point: the cronut. The fabled croissant-donut fad sweeping New York City & other metropolitan centers receives top billing with a sign outside declaring that Capicola’s has them. While the buzz and excitement surrounding this nationally sought after pastry may die down, it’s the attention to the buzz that’s important. Capicola’s is tuned in and tries to distinguish itself from its local competition.
That’s merely one item, not the main thrust. The bistro’s top menu items are its sandwiches and paninis, ordered and assembled on an assembly line, oven cooked to satisfaction, and then served to take to your table. The options are all higher end in nature such as an Albacore Tuna sandwich with caramelized onions, roasted prime rib panino or an organic pulled pork sandwich. But what are you going to drink to wash them down?
All The Wine
Wine is one of Capicola’s marquee offerings because of their intriguing wine station, a card-activated recepticle that I can only describe as a classy version of the typical soda fountain found in fast food joints. Twelve bottles of wine are encased below a rack of wine glasses and, with a press of a button, you can choose to purchase a taste, a glass, or even an entire bottle. Prices vary depending on the wine, which at my visit, included bottles such as a 1978 Chateau Pontet-Canet, a 2011 Hahn Winery Pinot Noir and a 2010 Fetzer Crimson Red. It’s a diverse line up.
For other alcoholic beverages, you’ll have a nice selection of bottled craft beers. But a late morning meal goes best with botomless mimosas or sangria, both of which Capicola’s is able to offer. If you’re at the bistro later in the day, or if alcohol isn’t in your agenda, there’s even a selection of glass bottled sodas.
I should be clear that Capicola’s Gourmet Sandwich Co is certainly more than just a brunch place. It offers enough soups, salads and sandwiches to meet any meal expectation. But its hours of operation, menu and unique offerings cater to the the brunchtime crowd the most. A lot of bistros, restaurants and diners will try and compete with each other by doing better or cheaper versions of their neighbors. It’s nice, then, to see a place like Capicola’s that tries to fill a gap instead. Multiple ones, even.
Are you a brunch goer? Do you enjoy a mimosa or wine with your late day meal?
Capicola’s Gourmet Sandwich Co – (310) 325 – 2274
3160 Pacific Coast Hwy., Torrance, CA 90505