Wednesday, February 27, 2008

March's Opera Night - March 30th

Sunday, March 30, 2008
5:30 p.m.

A Evening of Live Opera Performances

Kathleen Dougherty, Soprano
Diane Abel, Soprano
Paul McIlvaine, Tenor
Tom Hetrick, Piano

Come relish live operatic performances and a 6-course gourmet dinner in Sotto Sopra’s historic Mt. Vernon town house setting. The energy is vibrant, the food tantalizing and the live opera performances will excite both young and old. Have fun Italian-Style.


Spinach Salad
with warm goat cheese, red onion, toasted pine nuts and honey balsamic

Roasted Corn and Leek Bisque
with black bean puree and tomato confit

Seared Rockfish
over pesto risotto

Grapefruit Sorbet

Petite Filet of Beef
served over sautéed Swiss chard with a lemon-caper oregano oil

Fresh Fruit Tart
with pastry cream and raspberry coulis

Enjoy Live Opera Performances & 6 courses of exceptional Italian cuisine
$55 per person
(excludes beverages, tax, & gratuity)

For reservations please call Deborah Puopolo at 410 625 0534 or email her at

Save the Dates for Upcoming Opera Nights: April 27th and May 11th

Friday, February 15, 2008

No Lunch on President's Day

Sotto Sopra will be closed for lunch on Monday, February 18th - President's Day and re-opening that evening for dinner. If you speak Italian come to the Italian Language Dinner Club's first gathering that night.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Artichoke Pie Recipe

March Cooking Class at Sotto Sopra

Cooking Class

Sunday, March 9
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

We had great fun with our cooking class in January that we are all set to go with another on Sunday, March 9th. Chef Crouse will be demonstrating more involved recipes this time so we are limiting it to 3 recipes, one being a risotto. Once the recipes are completed all the students will sit down and enjoy a sampling of what has been prepared.

Cost: $65.00 per person

We are limited to 16 students for the class. Guaranteed reservations are required.

Cancellation Policy: You can cancel you reservation up to 48 hours prior to the cooking class without penalty. Those canceling less than 48 hours before class will be billed on their credit card if we are unable to fill the opening with people on the waitlist.

Snow Policy: If phase one of the snow emergency plan is in effect in Baltimore City one hour prior to the class it will be cancelled and we will reschedule.

For reservations call Deborah Puopolo 410-625-0534 or e-mail her at

Monday, February 04, 2008

Guest Chef Dinner - Jim Benson, Culinary Artist

Guest Chef Dinner

Wednesday, March 5th , 2008

Jim Benson, Culinary Artist
Eleven Courses ~ Luxury Dining
Guest will gather at 6:30 p.m.

Sotto Sopra is pleased to introduce you to culinary artist, Jim Benson, our guest chef for what proves to be a phenomenal tasting dinner on Wednesday, March 5th. Where as Benson’s dinners are normally 11 courses we have narrowed it to a 7 course tasting menu for this evening’s festivities. This dinner is limited to 30 guests and will be communal seating.

More about Jim Benson & Eleven Courses

For as long as Jim Benson can remember food and music has always been his life’s passion. Although different in some various obvious ways, his food and music are very much intertwined. He goes about creating a dish, the same way he goes about writing a song, formulating a (culinary) melody. He enforces a solid main ingredient and then uses secondary accompaniments to highlight and embrace the versatility of that main ingredient. In every dish his goal is to balance texture, taste, and temperature all contributing to that perfect cohesive dish. Each dish is a sum of its parts and any one component could compromise the goal of the entire dish. He uses these blueprints as the foundation to implement recipes that in theory seem familiar to us all, but are presented in a new way.

Eleven Courses ~ Luxury Dining comes to your home creating an eleven course tasting menu for you and your guest. Like many great chefs his path was not culinary school. His interest in food was fueled by travel to different American regions and foreign countries to experience their food first hand.

Eleven Courses ~ Luxury Dining is perfect for dinner parties, romantic occasions, business get-togethers, and for any and everyone who really wants an ultimate culinary experience. Their complete staff of trained professionals brings the restaurant experience (and then some) to you. They ship ingredients in for their events from all over the world and let their clients be as involved in the process as they want to be. Their goal is to make each event unforgettable for the host and all those in attendance.

At a recent 12 course event for a client’s 50th birthday, she looked at Benson and said “I feel like my taste buds have been awakened for the first time after 50 years.” He was so taken back by the profoundness of the statement that he decided to use its essence in Eleven Course’s slogan: “Luxury Dining. Awaken Your Taste Buds.”

The first time Jim Benson dined at Sotto Sopra he was drawn to the passion both Riccardo Bosio and executive chef, Bill Crouse have for their food. Every dish on the menu reflects both the balance of layered flavors and deep rooted Italian tradition. Jim invites you to participate in his tasting menu that mirrors Sotto Sopra standards of quality and passion while showcasing his own approach to cooking simple, yet innovative flavorful dishes.

The Tasting Menu

Jumbo Lump Crab, Avocado Mousseline & Mango Gazpacho
with Fresh Chilies & Cucumber

Lobster Fennel Soup
with Risotto Crusted Lobster Croutons

Black Cod, Poached Pear Ravioli, Caramelized Onion Crème
with Crisp Leeks

Oven-Roasted Veal Meatballs, Parmesan Gnocchi, Sweet Potato Puree,
Porcini Reduction & Scallion Confetti

Pan-Seared Scallop, Chic Pea Emulsion, Acini di Pepe, Bacon Bonito Jus
Finished with Black Lava Sea Salt

Braised 5-Spiced Pork Shoulder, Carrot Puree, Toasted Northern White Beans, Basil Oil,
Carrot Powder & Truffle Broth

Upside Down Lemon Pine Nut Tart with Honey Mascarpone Cream

$75.00 per person – wine and alcohol ala carte
(includes tax and gratuity)
$120.00 per person with wine pairings
(includes tax and gratuity)

seating will be communal for this event

For reservations please call Deborah Puopolo at 410 625 0534 or email her at Due to the nature of this special dinner all reservations will need to be guaranteed with a credit card.

Cancellation policy: Reservations can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the dinner event with no penalty. Reservations cancelled less than 48 hours prior to the event will be billed to the credit card.
To Create Your Own Special Dinner in Your Home
Jim Benson ~ Eleven Courses ~ Luxury Dining
410 459 6773

Friday, February 01, 2008

2007 Memorable Dish List

One of the city's diner/bloggers, 'minxeats' highlighted her 10 favorites dishes for 2007 and Sotto Sopra not only made her top ten but also another dish made honorable mention. Click HERE to see her choices.