Al Capone’s philosophy? " Give ’em fresh food " — which isn’t at all strange when you consider this Capone is the owner of an eatery on the outskirts of the Financial District. Located within sight of the Boston Harbor Hotel and the I-93 overpass, Al Capone’s is a pocket of soulful humanity in an area of Boston that’s dominated by Fritz Lang cityscapes and taskmasters. Come lunchtime at Capone’s, however, khaki-clad office drones mix it up with cabbies, truck drivers, bike messengers, construction workers, and everyone else who’s looking for heaps of Italian pasta, subs, calzones, and pizzas at prices that seem like science fiction.
This isn’t an eatery for the indecisive, but for the hungry and hurried. Combine three separate lines for hot and cold subs, pasta, and pizza; frantic clientele; minimal space (read: none); and a staff that wants to feed them all as quickly as possible, and you get barely controlled chaos. So now is a good time to consider the huge chicken-cutlet-parmesan calzone ($4.50). The light breading of the shredded chicken complements the firm calzone, while the soggier 20-inch sub roll of the chicken-teriyaki sub ($6) packs in Big Dig portions of chicken, provolone, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, and peppers. The spinach-and-cheese lasagna ($2.99/pound) extends the generosity with tons of spinach commingled with slightly al dente pasta and salty ricotta. And a mere six bucks gets you a 16-inch thin-crust cheese pizza with tangy crushed-tomato sauce and cheese just oily enough to leave one diner commenting that this is what you think of when you think of cheese pizza.
Capone’s has five standing-only tables and a single bench outside, so take advantage of the warmer weather and dine al fresco in nearby Post Office Square. Just watch out for the robots.
Al Capone’s, located at 102 Broad Street, in Boston, is open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (617) 227-2692.