Ciro and Sal’s offers North End quality Italian cuisine in a unique seaside setting.

I’m fairly certain that my late brother Charles worked here 40 years ago. It’s storied history goes back 70 years, so it was already a Provincetown institution when I lived here in 1971.

The entrance is down a side street (Kiley Court) off the west end of Commercial Street.

Ciro and Sal’s Entrance

The restaurant is actually located in the basement of what must be a historic old home. Before you go down the steps to enter, you pass an outdoor dining area complete with a gazebo…

Ciro and Sal’s Gazebo

Being in a near windowless basement, the dining area definitely has the feel of a pirate’s den…

Ciro and Sal’s Dining room

I like the vibe a lot, but let me apologize in advance for my dark photos. We sat down at 7:30 and by the time the food arrived, the light was fairly limited.

The Food

The menu is robust, offering virtually every popular Italian dish. It’s divided in sections based on the primary ingredient, including a Vegetarian section (Verdure) offering four meat free dishes.

I started out with the Bruschetta…

The ladies enjoyed Classic Caesars..

You may have guessed by now that these photos weren’t shot in Ciro and Sal’s dark dining room. Truth be told, I was well into the incredible bread service when I remembered that I’d forgotten to take photos of the appetizer round…

As you may know, I typically judge a restaurant by their bread service and Ciro and Sal’s scored here. The bread was a warm classic ciabatta served with EVOO, Balsamic, and fresh grated Parmesan!

Ben went large (again) and ordered the house specialty…

Ciro and Sal’s Abruzzese

It’s call Abruzzese and accordingly the menu, it was voted as the #1 Best Dish by Cape Cod Magazine. It’s massive seafood extravaganza of scallops, clams, calamari, mussels, native fish, and shrimp sautéed with plum tomatoes and fresh basil over linguine.

Our server told us that their Chicken Parmesan was one of their best sellers so Becky went for it…

Ciro and Sal’s Chicken Parmesan

This is a huge plate of food with another dish of pasta on the side. Both were smothered with their homemade marinara, mozzarella, and more grated Parmesan on the side.

If you’re a marinara lover, get the extra bed service ($3) and go to town!

Mrs. Horne and I shared the Scampi alla Griglia. Five perfectly broiled shrimp in butter, garlic, shallots and scallions over angel hair pasta…

Ciro and Sal’s Shrimp Scampi

If you’re a fan of authentic Italian, or your just on the Cape for few days and want a break from Lobster and Fried Clams, you have to try Ciro and Sal’s.