Abbicci falls to recession

Marietta Bombardieri owned several other famous restuarants
Several other area restaurants are rumored about to close

By Walter Brooks

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Owner Marietta Bombardieri and her young chef David Schneller earlier this year. cc2day photo. Below is the restaurant on Route 6A in Yarmouth Port.
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The raging recession put 15 more Cape Codders out of work today as one of the area's most acclaimed restaurants, Abbicci, was closed, probably for good.

As of 5 pm Friday the telephone at the bistro was still accepting  reservations, and the website has not been changed, but owner Marietta Bombardieri has announced “Basically, the economic times are not supporting the restaurant, I decided to close and try to sell it.”

If the property does not sell, she will try to restructure Abbicci and reopen in the Spring, but she has reportedly filed bankruptcy under Chapter 7 protection. The property, including a private home, is for sale at $1.75 million.

The word on the street in Hyannis is that over a dozen restaurants are on the market, even wildly successful new entries like Embargo on West Main Street.  In another story today we report on the closing of the Cape Cod Sports Report newspaper.

Long and illustrious career

Proprietor Marietta Bombardieri has been in the restaurant business on Cape Cod for almost forty years. 

In the 1970s she created a new, upscale dining experience at the Hyannis Airport which fell to a previous recession. The restaurant featured hanging flora throughout the dining rooms with an automatic watering system, unheard of at the time. She also offered the first individual Beef Wellington this writer had ever eaten.

Marietta then moved to Hawaii where she presently owns a home. She also spends a part of each winter at a Nepalese Ashram and has a Buddhist appetite which has surrendered often to haute cuisine.

After Hawaii Marietta ran La Cipolina in Yarmouth Port at the spot now occupied by Inaho.

In the late 1980s, she bought the Cranberry Moose on Route 6A in Yarmouth Port and turned it into the present day Abbicci.  

Her commitment to providing the highest quality dining experience on Cape Cod has been recognized consistently by Boston Magazine, Wine Spectator, Frommers, Fodors, Zagat and many others.

While these accolades might be sufficient for many restauranteurs, Marietta believed she could raise the bar for herself and the Cape even further. 

In 2006, she undertook a complete remodeling of the property in order to improve the ambiance and seating, and increase her capacity to accommodate private parties. 

Sadly, all these attractive attributes were not strong enough to compete today for the higher prices at upscale restaurants, but those of us who have known this splendid woman have no doubt she will return and satisfy our palates as never before.

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