Wednesday, April 18, 2007

You Missed a Great Party

If you didn't make Sotto Sopra's 11th Anniversary Party you really missed a great party. I ended up serving many salads, prosciutto and melon, 1/2 lobsters for everyone, lamb chops, braised lamb, langostinos, the two risottos, and enough wine to take down a giant.

We all had some prosecco and mingled and headed to the communal tables to dine. Monika and I used some great candle holders to decorate the tables. As you can see from the photos below there were many antipasti on the table awaiting the guests. As it became dark the restaurant had a nice glow from the candlelight, everyone was convivial passing platters and chatting. Dinner started at 7 p.m. and the dessert platters were put on the table around 10:15 p.m.

Many stayed and continued the party. Wish you had been there. Don't miss our next special event when Chef Stefano Azzi visits from Siena Italy to prepare a true Tuscan feast on Wednesday, May 9th.

I'm so full from last night's party even my fingers hurt typing.


Wednesday, April 04, 2007

A Taste of Tuscany Dinner

A Taste of Tuscany-A Gastronomic Event
prepared by
Chef Stefano Azzi of Osteria Del Coro in Siena, Italy

Wednesday, May 9th
Sotto Sopra Restaurant, 405 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Award-winning Chef Azzi will be in the kitchen preparing a true
Tuscan dinner, using age-old Sienese recipes. A recent recipient of Fodor’s Star award, you will find Osteria Del Coro involved in all things culinary in Siena, Italy from the Presidio Slow Food to Girogustando.

Executive chef and proprietor of Sotto Sopra, Riccardo Bosio was so impressed with Azzi’s cuisine when he dined there last summer he dreamed of bring him to the U.S. The dream has come true with Bosio underwriting Azzi’s travel along with the collaboration of the Italian Cultural Center of Maryland and patronage of the Italian Consulate of Baltimore. Chef Azzi will be in Baltimore at Sotto Sopra Restaurant for a limited visit and gastronomic gathering. Bosio is expecting a large turn out from the Italian community both here and Washington.

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Butlered Antipasti

Crostini di Pane con Pate’ di Fegatini di Pollo al Vin Santo
little toasts topped with chicken liver pate cooked in Vin Santo wine

Crostini di Pane con Fagiano Brasato e Vin Santo
little toasts topped with wine-braised pheasant

Crostini di Pane con Pere al Chianti e Pecorino Fresco
little toasts topped with pears cooked in Chianti wine
and topped with fresh pecorino cheese

Communal Seating
6:30 p.m.

Antipasti Pesce Duetto

Insalata Tiepida di Polipo e Patate Novelle all’’Olio Terre di Siena *DOP 2006
octopus salad with new potatoes and *DOP Terre di Siena Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Calamari alla Vernaccia di San Gimignano con Olive Nere
Toscane e Rosmarino
squid sautéed in Vernaccia wine with Tuscan black olives and rosemary


vegetable soup with cannellini beans, bread, Parmesan cheese and drizzled
with Terre di Siena Extra Virgin Olive Oil *DOP

Primi Duetto

Mezzelune di Patate, Pecorino Fresco e Gamberoni con
Crema di Fagioli Cannelleni e Zafferano di San Gimignanao *DOP
half-moon shaped pasta stuffed with potato, cheese and shrimp
with a sauce of pureed cannellini beans and San Gimignano *DOP saffron

Tagliatelle di Farina di Farro con Ragu’ di Carni Bianche (Pollo e Coniglio) con Zafferano di San Gimignano *DOP e Piccole Verdure
pasta made with spelt flour topped with a sauce of white meats
(chicken and rabbit) and San Gimignano saffron *DOP and accompanied with green vegetables

* DOP - 'Denominazione d'Origine Protetta': The mark is guaranteed by the European Union and was created to promote the authenticity and artisan characteristics of certain food and agricultural products.


Stracotto di Manzo alla Chiantigiana
braised beef Chianti style


Semifreddo con Cantucci Toscani
semi-frozen custard and cookies

~ All dishes will be paired with fine Tuscan Wines ~

Cost per person $125.00 –all inclusive
(includes food, wine, tax, gratuity, and valet parking)

Guaranteed Reservations Required

Cancellation Policy: Reservations cancelled less than 48 hours prior to the event and no shows will be billed.

A Taste of Tuscany with Chef Stefano Azzi


Call Deb Puopolo from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. ~ Monday through Friday at 410-625-0534.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Sotto Sopra's 11th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

11th Anniversary Family-Style Dinner

Tuesday, April 17, 2007
7:00 PM


Assorted Cheeses
Assorted Olives
Octopus Salad
Panzanella Salad
Caesar Salad
Pickled Sardines
Vitello Tonnato

Seafood Risotto
Porcini Risotto

Assorted Grilled Meats
Braised Veal
Roasted Potatoes

Fresh Fruit
Cookies and other assorted sweets

Selection of apropos wines and assorted beverages

$80.00-all inclusive
(includes food, wine, tax, gratuity, and valet parking)

Family-Style Platter Service ~ Communal Seating

Sotto Sopra Anniversary Dinner
401 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Attn: Monika

This will be a fun evening....don't miss out!

LIMITED SEATING-Only 100 seats
For further information e-mail
no substitution on the menu items
Payment is non-refundable - no cancellations