Wednesday, June 06, 2007

One Good Thing Leads to Another

One Good Thing Leads To Another

I've talked of my three-week honeymoon in Italy and all of the exciting places where Monika and I dined. Osteria del Coro in Siena, Italy was the stand-out meal. The food was so good, you could taste the chef’s passion for his local cuisine. I swore then that I would bring the executive chef, Stefano Azzi, to the U.S. to cook a special dinner at Sotto Sopra. This dream was realized this spring when Chef Azzi prepared two sold-out Sienese dinners for our Sotto Sopra clientele as well as the Italian Consul from Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic States.

True Italian cuisine is wonderful. At its core, it embraces fresh, quality and local ingredients – a philosophy I share. Before Chef Azzi returned to Italy, I wanted to help him spread the good word on Tuscan products. We had two impressive meetings in New York City. Our first was with the CEO of, Antoinette Bruno (a former Baltimore native). The second was with Iron Chef, Mario Batali at Otto, one of his many restaurants. I was surprised to learn that Chef Batali has 1,400 employees. 1,400 – that’s huge! Mario said he is looking forward to going to Chef Azzi’s restaurant in Siena this summer and will keep Sotto Sopra on his radar should he be in the Baltimore area. It was a great meeting.

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It Is All About Passion

When you dine at Sotto Sopra I want you to taste my passion for Italian cuisine in every bite, just as I did with Chef Azzi’s meal in Italy.

Buon Appetito!


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