About Capri Restaurant
To say that our beginnings were humble would be an understatement. Florida City and Homestead in 1958 were barely dots on the map — part of a small, rural area of around 1,500 residents. Despite this fact, one man, Richard Accursio, saw potential in the two towns.He’d saved enough of his earnings as a grocery store owner in Boston to escape to the warmer climate of south Florida and go into the restaurant business.
The early years
For the first year, Richard operated the restaurant out of a single rented room. He served delicious Italian-American dishes whose recipes had been passed down from generation to generation.
Word spread through the towns, and business was good at Richard Accursio’s Capri Restaurant. It was because of this that, after a year, the restaurant moved to its new location where it has stood ever since.
The later years
A second dining room, the King Richard Dining room, opened in 1972. This room’s menu featured steak, prime rib, seafood, and specialty Italian dishes. The ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s were some of our most memorable years. We were the only restaurant standing in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, and Richard would often work until 2 or 3 in the morning. In those days, there frequently was a line out the door, with customers waiting as long as two hours for a table.
The Present Days
When Richard passed away, in 2003, his son Jim Accursio took over the business. It was a natural transition — Jim had worked in the restaurant for decades already, in nearly every room in the house. Jim brought to the restaurant a new incorporation of casual dining while continuing to emphasize its luxurious and fine dining attributes as well. He also opened the Gallery Room, the Patio, and the Wine Room, all of which are used for private parties.