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Capriccio Resorts Casino Hotel’s signature restaurant is proof that getting older doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In fact, the iconic Atlantic City Italian restaurant inside Resorts keeps getting better with age. It is perhaps the most unique restaurant in the city for so many reasons. First, it is the longest running casino restaurant in Atlantic City, opening its doors at the same time Resorts became the first Atlantic City casino to open in 1978. Second, the décor of the room, while, of course, freshened up over the years, remains nearly the same since it opened — opulent, classy, grandiose, classic and downright stunning, thanks to its towering marble pillars, soft color palette and white linens. Third, the servers, many of whom have been there for decades, dress formally and offer European-style service rarely seen anywhere anymore, particularly in A.C. Fourth, its view of the ocean ranks as one of the best in the city, and the recent construction of an outdoor patio – and even more recently a permanent roof structure — now allows al fresco dining in season. Fifth, the Sunday brunch, another forever staple that is currently on hiatus because of the pandemic, is arguably the best in the city and possibly one of the best in the country. It is one of only two remaining like it in the city. And finally, the food, while occasionally entering into contemporary cuisine, is unapologetically classic. And that’s a good thing. This Old World, unique offering is still one of the best restaurants in New Jersey? Don’t believe me? Well, believe USA Today’s 10Best.com Readers’ Choice, which named it the No. 1 United States Casino Restaurant in 2020. That’s right, Capriccio isn’t just the best casino restaurant in New Jersey, it’s the best casino restaurant in the country. With its warm, intimate bar – Cielo – that greets you at the entrance to start the night off right, make sure you delve into the signature calamari with red cherry peppers, garlic chips and Capriccio’s stellar marinara; the Seafood Zuppetta ($51), lobster, scallops, shrimp and crabmeat simmered in olive oil, red onion, garlic, crushed red pepper and served over linguini; stuffed Italian long hot peppers with sweet sausage, aged provolone and mozzarella cheese, served with marinara; and lobster ravioli with sauvignon blanc blush sauce. Resorts is located at 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Go to ResortsAC.com.