First, I need to thank Kevin Ricci, for mentioning this place in another thread, for without that, I never would have ventured into this converted Friendly's on Rte 28 in So. Yarmouth. I used to remark to the wife that no matter how much they painted it red, white, and green, it still looked like a tacky run of the mill Italian joint in a Friendly's. Boy, I couldn't have been more wrong.
We venture in on a Tuesday night with a 6:45 reservation to find the place a bit more than half full. An hour later there was a wait at the door. We soon learned why.
There's a small bar at the entry with maybe 8 or so stools, and a small somewhat thin dining room to your right. Tables have white linens, candles and fresh flowers. Wine bottles and mirrors line one side of the room. It's not elegant or especially attractive really, but it shows that someone is trying. We're greeted quickly and sat by our pretty eastern European hostess (aren't they all pretty?). We're handed menus and our waitress shows up quickly. The menu has a nice breadth and depth to it with many standard Italian/ American items (lasagna, ravioli, chicken and veal parm) and many more authentic and unique items,,, Whole branzino anyone? There's pizza, homemade pastas, shrimp 6 ways, local seafood, and much more. Prices are very reasonable with entrees tall under $22 (Slightly more for some specials) Nice wine selection, with many decent wines by the glass as well, most in the $7 range and all healthy pours.
Our pretty eastern European waitress (aren't they all?) brings us a grilled zucchini in olive oil to accompany the warn bread basket and butter. We order a app of baked littlenecks ($9). They arrive 10 minutes later and are a delicious and light preparation of butter, lemon and white wine. Tender and flavorful,. A nice start we think.
For dinner, my DW goes basic and tries the Veal Parm with house made angel hair($18.95) and I order of of the specials, a cioppino with a white sauce on house made linguini. What a difference homemade fresh pasta makes, and so few local restaurants bother to do it. The Veal is a huge piece of quality cutlet with a flavorful marinara. My dish has 1/2 lobster, 6 mussels, 4 clams, a jumbo shrimp and a delectable white sauce. Each item is perfectly cooked by a deft hand. Heaven on a plate. An interesting touch is that one of the owners (brothers own this place) works the front of the house, and he delivers your entrees and ensures everything is running smoothly. We got to see the owner deftly de-bone a couple of the branzino dishes in the dining room. (I know what I'm having on our next visit.)There are some knocks on the service here on other review sites, but we both thought the service exceptional and better than most places on the Cape. Our water glasses were kept full and our dirty dishes removed swiftly after each course by our lovely eastern European bus person (aren't they all?). And the food was delivered at intervals very reasonable for a quality, fresh cooked to order location.
At the end of the meal, they bring you complimentary chilled glasses of their homemade lemoncello. Outstanding and a very nice touch. Grabbed a piece of Nonna cake (all deserts are $7) for take out, and it was also home made and delicious. All in, with generous tip and 3 glasses of wine, was $98. A bargain by any measure these days. This place is so much better than all the Italian wannabes out there, and may now be my favorite mid-Cape option from here on out.