Now, That’s Italian!

By Marina Davalos | Photos courtesy of Ricciardelli’s

“I’ve been cooking since I was big enough to stand by the stove,” laughs Chris Ricciardelli, owner of Ricciardelli’s, a new Italian restaurant in downtown Hyannis. His recipes have been passed down through his family for generations and include classics like pappardelle bolognese and veal saltimbocca. “We also have an Amalfi-style seafood special,” he says, with extra virgin olive oil bringing out the flavors of the fish. “My specialty, though, is my marinara sauce,” he says. “It’s gotta be perfect, otherwise what else is there?” Ricciardelli, whose family hails from Italy’s Amalfi Coast, and his wife, Kelly Thompson Ricciardelli, both grew up in Hyannis. Chris started in the restaurant business at the long-lived Hyannis restaurant The Paddock. “I was cooking there by the time I was 16. My dream was to open a restaurant, but I got scared and went into finance,” he says. After a 20-year career in banking, he’s returned from Wrentham to the Cape to pursue his dream. Guests can dine indoors or outside on the patio, which is perfect for people watching on Main Street.

Ricciardelli’s, 575 Main St., Hyannis, 508-827-4539

Garden salad with prosciutto and melon appetizer

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