Caprese, as in Caprese Michelangelo (the name of my village) means ‘of the goats’. The village coat of arms contains a goat, and indeed legend has it that after his birth here in the castle, Michelangelo was left by his father, to be raised by the wife of a goat herd, before taking him off to Florence.
In cooking terms, for most people caprese is a salad. Nothing to do with goats there—the mozzarella cheese used to make it comes from buffalo milk—since the name derives from the island of Capri down in the bay of Naples. This tartlet, which I’ve named for the village, has a distinctly goaty flavour, as it uses Tuscan goat’s cheese.