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“A Dining Event”
Review of Ceraldi - CLOSED

Ceraldi
Price range: $70 - $100
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: CERALDI offers a new dining experience in the heart of Provincetown. Chef Michael Ceraldi creates a 7-course nightly menu, crafted from the season's finest and freshest locally sourced and foraged ingredients. The seasonal open kitchen and al fresco dining allow for a convivial and relaxed atmosphere, where all diners enjoy sitting at the “Chef’s Table.”Our menu changes each night and can cater to diners with allergies or specific dietary preferences. Please specify when you make your reservation. Early seating at 6:30pm, late seating at 9:30pm (closed Tuesdays). Cash Only (ATM across the street). Reservations by phone only.
Provincetown, Massachusetts, United States
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A Dining Event”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

Ceraldi is the dream realized of Chef Michael Ceraldi. An intimate dining experience with beautifully prepared and presented food sourced from local farms and local waters. Set on a patio deck above Commercial Street in Provincetown with a view of the harbor, summer breezes wafting over you, the experience begins with Prosecco as you peruse the day's tasting menu. Although the chef is prepared to make one alternate based on allergies or other objections to a particular course, the menu presents a concept from first course to last. This food is a journey of tastes and textures prepared and presented with great artistry.

Because the menu changes daily based on which fresh local ingredients are available, it is almost unkind to describe individual dishes we were served. However, all of the courses were carefully prepared, were complex in their flavors and textures and built upon each other to create a dining experience worthy of the best restaurants you can name. Chef Ceraldi is fearless and imaginative in his creations and strives to showcase the main ingredient in each course, not overwhelm it in spices and seasonings. From the chilled beet soup with apricot cream and flower petals to the Wellfleet oysters with Prosecco mignonette to the mixed greens that included mint and basil, the first part of the meal was light and refreshing.

Then came the arancini, a deep-fried rice ball stuffed with mozzarella and herbs and accompanied by eggplant caponata, a savory eggplant relish. One of my favorite courses was the Provincetown scallops served with coin-sized slices of zucchini and maltagliati pasta in a rich, buttery sauce. The vegetables were slightly al dente and blended with the scallops and pasta perfectly. All of this built up to the striped bass course, the fish beautifully prepared with crispy skin and succulent flesh sauced with leek puree and served with purple potatoes and tomato basil salsa. Dessert was a wonderful dark chocolate mousse with amaretto whipped cream.

Every course was accompanied by the chef's suggested wine pairings, which were elegant and wonderfully suited the food for that course. We chose the 3 oz. pour for $30 for the flight and thought it enhanced the already spectacular food.

A word about the service. Chef Ceraldi visits each table at the beginning of the sitting and also spends a few minutes speaking to the entire group about his chosen food for the day. When was the last time you were able to discuss the menu with the chef at the outset of the meal?

The wait staff is personable and very well informed about the food and the wine. Unobtrusive but involved, the servers want to know your reactions to the food and the wine, if you've chosen it. Occasionally the chef himself brings a course to your table.

Plan to spend at least 2 1/2 hours at table. This is not a restaurant that is trying to hurry you through your meal in order to turn the table. You are welcome to sip your wine, savor your food, spend time looking at the view and enjoying your companions. You will leave the table with your appetite sated in flavor, texture, taste and enjoyment. There's not another dining experience like it in Provincetown.

Ceraldi. Seven courses prix fixe for $70.00. Menu changes daily. Wine pairings from $30.00 for a 3 oz. pour (there is also a larger pour wine flight) or individual wines by the glass or bottle. Cash only, so be prepared. There is an ATM right across the street, though.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Barbara T
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English first
Rome, Italy
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great day with pleasant closure”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

thanks for a special 7 course dinner at Ceraldi, just delicious! Our best choice? The fazzoletti, but everything was just awesome. I would recommend to every chap passing by this incredible city... The perfect day in Provincetown? Whales, shopping and a romantic full tasting dinner at Ceraldi!

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Cabakiter
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PA
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Awesome dining experience at Ceraldi”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Michael Ceraldi and his team treated us like family on our first visit, and readily accommodated a food allergy related menu revision. All courses were thoughtfully developed using the best local ingredients and a high degree of chef's skill to present their essence in clean, sometimes innovative fashions, or revisions of classic presentations one might find in Italy. Besides the complimentary Prosecco they offered a few high quality red and white wines by the glass, well matched to the seven course table. The level of skill in the food was reminiscent of idyllic Italy or chefs such as Marc Vetri, and the service was friendly and endearing. If anything, our second visit was even better, as the menu changed and the sauce on the chicken course was incredible.

What a great place! Dining is alfresco on the second level, under a tent-like covering, and they put up a wind block one chilly evening. These were the best dining I have had anywhere on the Cape in years. The pace is pleasantly slow, our 6:30 seating finished around 8:45, and the quantity of food is appropriate, but it's all about the quality. We were full but not stuffed, and it is very fairly priced at $70, and on average $11-12 for a 6oz glass of wine.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Dan D
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Boston, MA
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Exquisite!”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

This is truly a phenomenal dining experience. The food was utterly amazing. The setting is modest; a charming patio overlooking Commercial street. We did the wine pairings and had a wonderful evening.

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank DRaymond
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Boston
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Truly phenomenal dining experience.”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

An amazing find! Chef Ceraldi creates a 7-course tasting menu of all locally-grown fare. The menu is created each day based on what's available. He comes to your table at the beginning to review what you're about to experience on that evening'a menu. Truly, truly amazing. A must try!

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank swanofalo
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