Popular midcoast chef lands in Portland


Altiero, right, and Devon Pearse Theroux at Cellardoor at The Point.

After 25 years in business, Kerry Altiero of Cafe Miranda in Rockland is now expanding into the Portland market.

A partnership with Cellardoor at The Point means the wired and witty Altiero will be catering events in Bettina Doulton’s posh new event space on Thompson’s Point. Food lovers no longer have to hightail it up Route 1 for a taste of his pan-ethnic cuisine.

The wood-fired chef, whose book “Adventures in Comfort Food” is friendly, approachable and filled with delicious recipes, will teach cooking classes and lay out bites for the tasting room’s Sunday wine pairings ($8 from 1 to 3 p.m.). You could say the former Lobster Chef of the Year is on a roll.

“I’m looking at real estate in Portland for a potential home base,” said Altiero, who almost opened a second restaurant in Biddeford a few years back but the right space didn’t materialize.

By anchoring his catering business in Maine’s largest and foodiest city, Altiero and his mobile wood-fired pizza oven will be motoring through Cumberland and York counties all summer.

“We can do 19 by 36 inch pizza, cocktail parties for 250, steaks — we are so flexible,” said the chef, whose motto is “because we can.”

Does this mean a Cafe Miranda Two will be opening soon in these parts?

Give him three years.

Kathleen Pierce

About Kathleen Pierce

A lifelong journalist with a deep curiosity for what's next. Interested in food, culture, trends and the thrill of a good scoop. BDN features reporter based in Portland since 2013.