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.
BURGER at The Grind, Phoenix, Arizona
The Italian Burger with house roasted tomato, whole roasted garlic, pulled mozzarella, charred onions, fresh basil and arugula, $14.
SANDWICH at Antico Noe, New York City
Prosciutto di Parma, 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
Pasta Caprese features spaghetti, basil, mozzarella and Kalamata olives, $19.