Thursday, April 8, 2010

Columbos Cafe--Big City Italian down on Main Street Hyannis

Something is brewin’ down on the cape. Some us of Palateers remember the day when the food selection down on Main Street Hyannis wasn’t as uppity as the big wig Bostonians. Must be what nstar is puttin’ in the water, which is making everyone act a little crazy. Either way, we were surprised to find Columbo’s chillin’ down not far from where the old Spiritus pizza used to be. What caught our attention is that Columbo’s seems like a place more fittin’ for the big city, but it was surprisingly busy when we showed up on Saturday. So we guess, they must be doing something right.

When we arrived, we beelined it for the dessert display. Wowzers, we were two tiramisu, one chocolate mouse and a jumbo lobster tail away from ruining our dinner. But we refrained, making solemn promises to save our indulgence for the finale.

We were seated and soon had epileptic flashes from the flat screen television right behind us, reflecting all forms of madness off the menu before us. Maybe it was meant to distract us from the pricey entrees. Before ordering, we did have reservations about the price; however, our doubts were unfounded.

The quality of the meal far surpassed our expectations. Our salads were top of the line good. Some of them were a meal unto themselves. You should have seen our eyes pop when they presented us with the Antipasto Salad ($14.95). A heaping pile of different salami, rolled up cheeses, grilled and fresh veggies, olives, hot peppers, on a beautiful bed of lettuce. It was a good way to start the meal.
With roasted red peppers, gorgonzola, candied pecans and cranberries, the spinach salad was equally delish (8.95).
Spinach Salad
Then came the pizzas. We especially enjoyed the grilled vegetable pizza (12.95). Just like the antipasto it was overfilled with a medley of peppers, garlic and onions. With mounds of basil, pesto and goat cheese, it was simply enjoyable. The margarita pizza was also top notch (13.95).
Veggie Goat Cheese

At the end of the meal, we were so stuffed we broke our solemn vow and had to skip dessert, but don’t worry, we promised to return.

Colombo's Cafe & Pastries
544 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601-5408
(508) 790-5700

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