Pecorino Romano is an Italian-themed, neighborhood restaurant on historic Route 6A in Dennis.
Chef owner Luis R Montero has worked in up-scale restaurants on Cape Cod and the Islands, Boston's North end and New York City. He also owns the new "Island Blue Crab" restaurant in Brewster.
The dining room was recently enlarged with walls that have been painted in a cheerful yellow. Seating was a combination of comfortable booths, tables and high back chairs at the bar.
The menu at Pecorino Romano follows the classic Italian order starting with the Antipasto ($10) followed by a range of entrees of house-made pastas and creamy risottos tossed in various sauces, Parmesans of veal and chicken ($19-$22), various chicken dishes like Polo ala Tuscan ($22) and other sautés over pasta. Fish is used as the basis for pasta in various Tuscan recipes. The menu also offers many veal preparations. Dishes like Vitello ala Marsala ($23) ,Vitello Milanese ($22),and Vitello Saltimbocca ($23) are typical enticements.
We enjoyed a couple of cocktails while looking at the extensive menu. One was the lavender lemontini ($13) a mixture of vodka with lavender, simple syrup and fresh lemon juice rimmed with a sugar and lavender crust. The other a grapefruit martini ($13) with vodka, elder-flower liquor, ruby red grapefruit juice garnished with a slice of orange. Both were tasty, creative summer drinks.
To start we shared the house-made lobster bisque ($7) - a large bowl with lots of lobster meat and a strong bisque aroma.
Next, we enjoyed a couple of appetizers. The melt-in-your-mouth crab cakes ($12) were pan seared, packed with crab meat and served with a fresh fruit salsa. The Clams Pecorino ($10) were baked little neck clams with garlic, spinach and red pepper in a lemon thyme sauce. Delish!
For entrees my husband ordered the Vitello Saltimbocca ($23) , with its layers of pounded and sautéed veal with prosciutto, spinach and Asiago cheese in a Marsala sage demi glace served with roasted potatoes and asparagus was a bold combination of rich ingredience. The veal could have been a little more tender.
I had the Salmon Provencal ($24), grilled salmon filet topped with sauteed mushrooms, calamata olives, spinach, bermuda onions sauteed in a garlic wine sauce accompanied by fingerling potatoes. Very satisfying!. I ordered it medium rare and it was deliciously moist - easily one of the best salmon dishes I've ever had.
Naturally, you’ll want to reward yourself with dessert. You won’t go wrong with the textbook rich cannoli – filled with a barely sweet ricotta filling and a touch of cinnamon or the Tiramisu, and house made Cheese cake.
Needless to say we had a couple doggie bags.
Our attentive and cheerful server Nateasha, with her thorough knowledge of both the menu, cocktail and wine list was very helpful. We will return to try the other Italian specialties soon.
In addition to the regular menu there is a $25. prix fixe menu special which includes a glass of wine or beer, appetizer, entrees and homemade dessert Sunday thru Thursday 4:30 -5:30 pm, Friday & Saturday 4:30-5.
Pecorino Romano is open year round, serving dinner daily from 4:30 p.m.
605 Main Street (Rte 6a)