Waltham wasn’t always on the culinary map. But when Il Capriccio began racking up awards in the early ’90s, knowledgeable foodies beat a path to this 128-belt suburb – and not all of them were computer geeks, either. Today, chef-owner Richard Barron and his partner Jeanne Rogers run what is widely acknowledged as one of the best Italian food-and-wine destinations in the nation. Among a roster of awards to numerous to be listed here, Il Capriccio has received Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence five years in a row, from 1997Ð2001. Credit Rogers, a world-class somelier and devotee of Italian reds. And click here to see new photos and their new fall menu.