14, 7:00 P.M.
Members $85, guests $110
at the height of summer, when the small seaside town is teeming
with sunburned tourists and flamboyant parades, and you might not
guess that it is also home to two of the most romantic restaurants
in the country. Among the clam shacks, talented chefs like Christopher
Covelli of L'Uva and Alex Mazzocca of The Martin House turn out
delicious, sophisticated creations, and their intimate restaurants
re-create the serenity that has made this historic town a haven
for artists, writers, and lovers ever since its establishment in
right into P-town's thriving art scene. He studied to be an artist
before finding his culinary calling, and has been called "a
Gauguin who can cook" by Yankee magazine. After completing
art school in New York City, he attended culinary school and worked
in several New York restaurants before becoming executive chef of
The Martin House almost a decade ago. Since then, the restaurant
has topped virtually everyone's list of the best Cape Cod eateries,
and was voted one of the most romantic restaurants in America by
New York magazine. Alison Arnett of the Boston Globe
proclaimed that "The Martin House, with Alex Mazzocca's innovative
American food, is truly a treasure." Not just a summer fling,
the year-round restaurant has proved its staying power with updated
New England classics that Molly O'Neill of The New York Times
called "addictive, fabulous and delicious."
Covelli, who once worked under Mazzocca at The Martin House, has
been called "a serious artiste" himself by the Cape
Cod Travel Guide. His menu speaks several Romance languages,
featuring dishes influenced by Italian, French, and Spanish cuisines.
In the off-season, Covelli is a senior chef instructor at Toscana
Saporita Cooking School in Tuscany, Italy, where he gains inspiration
for his diverse menu. L'Uva offers the French-trained Italian chef,
who has a second home in Spain, an opportunity to explore his many
culinary passions, and critics and diners are happy to join him
on his adventures. Recently awarded Wine Spectator's Award
of Excellence, the eatery has also been called a "gem"
by Out & About magazine.