Trevi Café & Wine Bar
Trevi Café and Wine Bar is refreshing to go to time after time, just like the waters of the famous Roman fountain this Mashpee Commons favorite is named after. Since Trevi is located right around the corner from my office, I eat there often—and I am never disappointed. Time after time, Trevi is a delight—and the wine list is truly award-winning as evidenced by Cape Cod Life’s readers who give it first or second place honors in the Upper Cape “Best Wine List” category year after year.
One of the things I really like about Trevi is that the menu is varied often and for those of us who eat at the cafe frequently there always seems to be something new to try. Of course we have our favorites—the pear and field green salad ($10) featuring greens, frisee, toasted walnuts, grilled pears, and fourme d’ambert is one of mine, followed closely by the Greek salad ($10), which features the zippy addition of caper berries and some fine red wine feta.
Befitting a restaurant with true Italian flair, Trevi is known for the freshness and diversity of its cheeses, which are featured in the salads and in hearty appetizer boards served with an equally satisfying array of Italian meats (prices range from $6 each to $24 for five choices).
We have been known on occasion to make a lunch of Trevi’s delicious hummus ($5) served with warm bread, followed by a salad or a harvest board, washed down with a delicious glass of wine. Trevi’s wine list features several terrific choices. The full bar, a favorite gathering place for Trevi’s busy night-time scene, also serves some splendid cocktails.
The decor at Trevi’s is upscale, cool, and casual with a warm brown and gold interior palette. During the warm months, diners crowd into the outdoor patio, soothed by the sound of a splashing fountain, true to Trevi’s heritage. During the winter months, Trevi has made a name for itself with Cape wine dinner devotees. Several of Trevi’s dinners are sold out weeks in advance.
Of course, at Trevi it is the food that keeps people coming back year after year, from lunch attractions like the Avocado Salad ($6), a tower of artfully arranged fresh avocado slices sprinkled with just the right touch of scallions, sea salt, and lemon, to the Tortilla Espanola Al Momento, an omelette made with cage-free eggs, prepared daily with a different specialty ($7) and on to the Lamb Lollipops, tiny morsels of tender lamb ($12).
Big-plate lunch favorites here include the Grilled Chicken Panini with avocado, sun-dried tomato, and provalone ($11) and the Brandt Beef Gyro ($14), which one of our graphic designers orders nearly every time we go to Trevi for lunch.
For dinner, I love the small plate Catalan Shrimp ($12) a simple, yet energizing melange of shrimp sauteed with garlic, sherry wine, and Fresno chiles. Complimented by a glass of Pinot Grigio, this makes for a lovely light dinner after a long day at work all year-round.
All in all, I think Trevi Café is molto bene any day (or night) of the week. And one of these days I may even make a wish at Trevi’s fountain—probably for more memorable dinners and lunches with friends and co-workers at this Cape Cod gem.
–– Susan Dewey