If, like many, you spend the night in Hyannis before taking the morning ferry to Nantucket, you may look around for a decent place for dinner. Based on the urgings of our innkeeper (and a $3 per person discount coupon) we visited Alberto’s last Saturday night.
Albertos is a very large Italian restaurant right downtown at 360 Main in Hyannis, and while on street parking is pretty difficult, there is an enormous parking behind that whole row of businesses, where there is plenty of space.
This is an enormous restaurant for Cape Cod with several large dining rooms and waiters bustling about, nearly running through the aisles. The menu is enormous, too, bringing to mind a big Italian diner (if such there be).
Bread (not warm) was delivered right away along with some nondescript olive oil with a couple of olives rolling around in the dish. No butter. We started with a cocktail ($6) and a glass of wine ($12).
We started with the Amalfi salad ($12.95) (fire roasted peppers and artichokes), which was not bad, although a bit sour, and clam chowder ($5.95), which was slightly lemony but otherwise undistinguished. No oyster crackers provided and it really needed salt. However, the salt shaker was completely caked solid and no salt could be dislodged. Eventually when we got our running waiter’s attention he quickly provided a replacement.
We both ordered a version of the scrod, one broiled ($22.95) and one stuffed ($26.95). Both were served with linguini and broccoli. The broiled scrod was served with a lemon butter sauce and bread crumbs. The stuffed scrod was said to be stuffed with shrimp, scallops, & breadcrumbs, topped with lobster meat, in a pink peppercorn cream sauce. We didn’t find much of the shrimp and scallops and the breadcrumb stuffing was rather like you might expect in a turkey, with some sausage and celery. The accompanying sauce was nondescript, and both dishes were pretty bland.
Our greatest praise of these dishes was that the broccoli was al dente rather than limp, and quite tasty. The scrod was cooked correctly and was moist and tender.
Overall, the waiters work very hard here, striving to please, and each is assigned only 4-5 tables. The food is pretty much exactly what the menu says. No surprises, but not much creativity either.
Our check with 2 glasses of wine and one cocktail with tax and after the $6 discount was $106. Clearly this is a hugely popular tourist area restaurant, but we expected more.