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 percent, 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.