There is no shortage of great places to eat in Falmouth. Chapoquoit Grill (www. chapoquoitgrill.com, 508-540-7794), off the beaten path in West Falmouth, is popular for good reason. Delicate, thin-crusted pizzas baked in wood-fired brick ovens are a specialty; the Athens, with feta cheese and spinach, is exceptional.
For freshly made northern Italian cuisine and décor reminiscent of an Italian grandmother’s house, head to Osteria La Civetta (www. osterialacivetta.com, 508-540-1616). Everything about this place is authentic, particularly the food. Don’t miss the handmade Spaghetti with Fresh Tuna and Cherry Tomatoes.
For dining with a spectacular view of Vineyard Sound, visit Casino Wharf FX (www.casinowharffx.com, 508-540-6160) at Falmouth Heights. Enjoy the Salmon Risotto while watching the ferries head to Martha’s Vineyard.
Here’s some Cape Cod trivia for fans of the novelist and Pulitzer-Prize winner Richard Russo. In his latest novel, That Old Cape Magic, Russo describes a sign hanging on the back bar in the Olde Cape Lounge protagonist Jack Griffin visits. The sign reads: “Here stop and spend a social hour in harmless mirth and fun. Let friendship reign. Be just and kind and evil speak of none.”
Russo tells an online interviewer the sign is fashioned after the one hanging in the Silver Lounge in North Falmouth, and he mentions the restaurant in the book’s acknowledgements.