A taste of Italy at Gerardi's Cafe

It all started out with a gift certificate but turned into a love affair with a Chef who knows how to prepare a symphony of flavors in a single dish. I have passed by Gerardi's Cafe on route 28 in South Yarmouth many times and never thought much about stopping in to sample their menu offerings until recently. The owners are Sasha and Diego Gerardi and are talented at creating a dining experience which makes for memories not long forgotten from the cozy Italian inspired decor to the flavorful delicious dishes and peaceful flowing classical music. The couple seems to know what most important about making a dining experience into an extraordinary dining experience. Gerardi's Cafe opens at 4pm and it would be wised to make reservations.We decided to try the "Prix Fixe Menu" which is served until 530pm and changes daily according to the Chef's finds and creativity. I have returned several times and it seems that everyone who joins me decides on the same appettizer, so my review is limited to the the delicious Arancini, which are stuffed arborio rice balls with mozzarella coated with bread crumbs and deep fried serve on a rich flavorful marina sauce. From the first bite of the Arancini and the creamy mozzarella rice blending with my marina and basil, I became a fast fan. Let me back track and just add the fresh bread and dipping sauce with roasted peppers were the first hello to a dining experience that I would not long forget. Naomi 's choice was Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Penne which was rich with fresh broccoli flowerettes and flavorful tender chicken and a creamy sauce. I decided on the Shrimp Scampi with Linguini which was outstanding and bursting with the flavors of wine, lemon, shrimp and lightly kissed with garlic. My friend Sue decided to order off the Prix Fixe and decided on the Veal Chop which was a 16oz veal chop grilled to perfection on top of gorgonzola mashed potatoes, Pomodoro sauce,and mixed veggies. Sue decided to not have the potatoes and asked for more veggies on the side. Their Lassagna is outstanding with layers of Italian cheeses, fresh pasta sheets, sliced homemade meatballs and italian sausages all bended and blanketed in a rich flavorful Marina Sauce. Another outstanding choice is the Clams Linguini served with baby spinach and ever so light and flavorful with small pieces of clams. I was a little hesitant at first but the spinach and clams with cheese blended so well together. A meal is not complete without a little sweetness to even out the savory flavors and their dessert selection is very tempting. My friend Sue tried their Tiramisu which a popular coffee-flavoured Italian dessert that is made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee,layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavoured with cocoa. Sue is my Tiramisu expert and quickly declared this to be the best that she has ever tasted. The Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake with a Rasberry Sauce was truely awesome and light with a fresh creamy lightly lemon flavor. On my travels to many restaurants as many of you know from your own experiences, its hard to find a Chef who knows how to blend and keep the flavors in his dishes. Chef Diego has not failed me yet on each of my visits. Thanks to Gerardi's Cafe for an awesome dining experience. Enjoy the pictures and hope they do justice to the delicious food.

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