The Italian starter known as the caprese is commonly improvised, but it’s also influential. In the past five years, it has grown beyond the salad menu by 48%, according to the food research firm Datassential. Here are some examples of how the caprese has evolved.
BURGER at The Grind, Phoenix, Arizona
The Italian Burger has a modified caprese with house roasted tomato, whole roasted garlic, pulled mozzarella, charred onions, fresh basil and arugula, $14.
SANDWICH at Antico Noe, New York City
The Prosciutto di Parma sandwich’s caprese features tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella, extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic glaze and Antico Noe’s famous pesto sauce, $13.
PASTA at Blind Faith Cafe, Evanston, Illinois
Their Pasta Caprese features spaghetti, basil, mozzarella and Kalamata olives, $19.