2020 Provincetown Guides:
The Food Issue

Publisher’s Letter

Gray. What is right—and what is wrong? As a man who’s lived most of his life with a brain that works in black-and-white, I’ve found myself in a very uncomfortable gray space quite a bit lately. I don’t like it. As I write this letter, I’m listening in on a meeting of our Select Board and our Board of Health trying to navigate these dangerous waters, trying to figure out where the line is between what is helpful and what is potentially hurtful to the people who are our friends and neighbors. It’s a difficult and painful process.

We’d originally planned four issues of ptownie for this year, but have scaled back to three. We hope this issue helps you navigate and enjoy Provincetown this summer. Welcome to our inaugural “Food” issue!

In a strange way, the timing is perfect for this issue, now that all of us are cooking and eating at home much more than usual! What could be better than to have recipes for some of your favorite dishes from your favorite Provincetown restaurants? (We’re ecstatic that our local chefs were willing to share their secrets!) We also have two features on restaurants that stay open year-round for us here in January.

They say nice guys finish last, but that isn’t always the case, as you’ll see in the feature on Paul Fanizzi. You know that one person in your town who everyone likes? That’s Paul. Our online survey last September and October awarded the #1 spot of Best Restaurant and Friendliest Staff. to Fanizzi’s, and we’re happy to help you get to know them.

The second restaurant feature is The Canteen. Rob Anderson and Loïc Rossignon opened their doors seven years ago and haven’t stopped innovating—from overhauling their backyard into an amazing space to creating a hugely successful Winter Holiday Market to stepping up to the plate during the pandemic. And who knew Loïc used to build Carnival floats?

There’s a reason we all love Provincetown. There’s a difference between acceptance and tolerance. I’ve lived in a few large cities where I felt each city had one or the other, but rarely both. Provincetown does that; we’re known for welcoming everybody. How do we do it during a pandemic? Back to that gray area. But we’re going to give it our best shot! Please be patient, kind, respectful, and loving to each other. We all need it now more than ever.

— Mike Miller: Publisher