Background photo by Don Sylor
M. McLaughlin

Don’t-miss dining

Lobster lovers must try the giant lobster rolls at the Raw Bar (, 508-539-4858), where you also can enjoy traditional clam chowder and a fresh raw bar menu featuring oysters, little necks, and cherrystones.

Wicked Fire Kissed Pizza (, 508-477-7422), with its stone hearth oven, organic pizza dough, and house-made sauces, should also be experienced. The Sicilian Comfort Pizza, with sweet Italian sausage, meatballs, fresh ricotta, spinach, and fresh basil, is especially good.

For a hearty breakfast, hit Persy’s Place (, 508-477-6633), which boasts “New England’s largest breakfast and lunch menu” and offers a build-your-own cheese omelet. Among the filling choices: Cajun shrimp and spicy chourico.

Insider’s tip

Mashpee is the home of the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribe, which was also known as the South Sea Indians tribe. Mashpee had once been known as Massipee, the former name of the tribe. Massipee, which means “great waters,” then became Marshpee, but eventually the “r” was dropped, according to local historian Kathy Sharp Frisbee.

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Donna Scaglione is a freelance writer living in Falmouth.

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