Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sneak Preview Tasting of the New Sotto Sopra Wine List

First Thursday Wine Tasting - Thursday, November 6th

Time: 6:00 PM - limited to 30 guests
$25 plus tax and gratuity

Theme: Popping some corks from 8 new selections on Sotto Sopra's wine list!

Wines: An eclectic mix from around the world highlighting
the best of over 1000 wines I've tasted in the last 2 months!

Food: Miscellaneous finger foods
(Stay for dinner to enjoy 1/2 off on the wines tasted that evening.)

Please come join me in a tasting of 8 of my favorites on the new list and definitely make plans to stay for dinner (you don't want to miss the 1/2 off specials on these outstanding wines!). I look forward to seeing everyone-both new faces and old. We're capping this event at 30 people and we are more than half-full already so don't be too late in your RSVP!

Michael Mohammadi

We are moving December's First Thursday Wine Tasting to December 11th due to the lighting of the monument on Thursday, December 4th - it get's a little pazzo around here that night.

I Was Chef-for-the-Day
Patti Chan Talks About Her Day in the Kitchen at Sotto Sopra

Patti said, "I had an amazing time! I was impressed by how calm and quiet the kitchen was, even when things got busy. Chef Crouse was an absolute pleasure to work with - obviously passionate about what he does. My favorite on our menu was the rabbit tortellini. Besides hand-making 250 of them, they also ended up being the crowd favorite! There were quite a few people nervous about trying rabbit for the first time, but they all left loving it, which is what I had hoped would happen. My favorite part of the night was plating some of the desserts, because it went straight from me to the diners. I can see how a chef would get hooked on that experience."

Feel free to check out the video (it is a little dark) and photographs from Patti's day as chef. Click HERE.

Gift Certificates for Chef-for-the-Day are available for your special "foodie" in you life. Give Monika a call at 410.625.0534. For more details on our Chef-for-the-Day program click HERE.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Sotto Sopra's Holiday Schedule & Closings

Thursday, November 27, 2008
3 p.m . to 8 p.m.
Holiday menu containing items from the dinner menu, specials and turkey.

Xmas Eve
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
3 p.m to 10 p.m.
No Lunch

Xmas Day
Thursday, December 25, 2008
3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
No Lunch

Friday, December 26, 2008
Closed for Lunch
Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 27, 2008
Closed for Lunch
Dinner: 5:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
New Year's Eve
Wednesday, December 31st
Closed for Lunch
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
New Year's Day
Thursday, January 1st

Thanksgiving at Sotto Sopra

Thanksgiving with an Italian Flair

Sotto Sopra Restaurant, known for their authentic Italian cuisine, will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. offering a cross-section of their fall menu items, specials and tacchino (turkey). Reservations are highly suggested. Call 410 625 0534 or use

November Opera Night

Opera Night
Sunday, November 23rd, 2008 ~ starts 5:30 p.m.

An Evening of Live Opera Performances and 6 Course Seasonal Italian Dinner

Our Performers

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

Start your holiday celebrating early and join us for an evening of great arias, lively conversation and great Italian food.

6 Course Menu

Roasted Pear and Brie Salad
with warm chestnut honey vinaigrette

Creamy Celery Root Soup
with caviar crouton

Local Pumpkin Risotto
with house-made duck sausage

Cranberry Sorbetto

Pan-Seared Red Snapper
served with braised lentils and wild mushroom and frisee salad

Apple Strudel
with cinnamon gelato

Enjoy live Opera performances and 6 courses of exceptional Italian cuisine

$57 per person (excludes all beverages, tax and gratuity)

For reservations and information call 410 625 0534 or
e-mail Monika Pawlak at

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Autumn Wine & Tasting Dinner-Oct 30th

Sotto Sopra's
Autumn Wine and Tasting Menu
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Reception 6:30 p.m. ~ Dinner 7:00 p.m.
$85.00 per person-all inclusive

Executive Chef Bill Crouse and sommelier Michael Mohammadi, creator of , were inspired by autumn’s bounty and cooling temperatures to create this pairing of food and wine. If you haven’t met Michael this will be a great opportunity for you to chat him up on wines and the evening’s selections.

1st Course
Roast Pear Salad
with Gorgonzola cheese and honey vinaigrette
2006 Hall Sauvignon Blanc

2nd Course
Seared Fois Gras
with brioche and lingonberry compote
2006 Librandi Le Passule Vino Passito IGT Val di Neto

3rd Course
Pumpkin Gnocchi
with duck confit and pumpkin seed cream
2006 Bernard Gripa St. Joseph

4th Course
Grilled Kobe Rib-Eye
with caponata and caper-oregano oil
2003 Ca Bianaca Barolo

5th Course
Pumpkin Soufflé
with balsamic macerated figs.
N.V. St. Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux Demi-Sec

Cost Per Person
$85.00 all inclusive
(includes food, wine, tax and gratuity)
guaranteed reservations required

For reservations please call Monika Pawlak at 410 625 0534 and let her know you are coming for the Autumn Wine and Tasting Menu.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Cooking Class ~ Sunday, Nov 2nd

Cooking Class
Sunday, November 2nd
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Executive Chef Bill Crouse brings you into the back-of-the-house, Sotto Sopra's kitchen for a cooking class featuring the great foods of autumn. This will be his last class for 2008, so don't miss out. Know someone who loves to cook, buy them a gift certificate for a cooking class or our Chef-for-the-Day program.

The class is demonstration with the option of hands-on participation. You wrap up the class by enjoying those dishes taught and prepared with a glass of vino. Cost per person is $65/reservations required.

For more information or reservation call Monika Pawlak at 443-850-9523 or 410-625-0534 or email at

Enjoy the photographs from past cooking classes.

Keep Sotto Sopra in mind for a team building cooking event, a restaurant kitchen is all about team work.
Dinner with Daniela
A Rustic Home-Styled Sardinian Meal
Tuesday, November 11th
open reservations starting at 5:30 p.m.

Join us the 2nd Tuesday of every month when Daniela Useli creates one of her wonderful and delicious, rustic Italian “Sardinian” Dinners. For those of you who want something more contemporary ~ you can order off Sotto Sopra's Menu.

Read Daniela's story at the Baltimore Sun ~ click HERE

Crespelle alla crema di asparagi
Delicate crispy dough filled with a flavorful asparagus cream, besciamella e Swiss cheese
Il Primo
Lasagne Verdi
Homemade spinach lasagna layered with smoked bacon, portabella mushroom, Italian cream, fresh mozzarella and Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
Il Secondo
La Carne Bracioline alla Napoletana
Delicious and tender beef rolls stuffed with pine nuts, raisins parsley, and garlic slowly cooked in white dry wine and tomato sauce, served with a side of steamed baby broccoli flavored with cumin.
Il Dolce
Pere al Verticale
Pears poached in Marsala wine with cinnamon and vanilla served
with zabaglione sauce

Cost per person
(excludes beverages, tax and gratuity)

no other promotions or discounts apply to this dinner

Friday, October 03, 2008

Chef-for-the-Day Patti Chan


Patti Chan

Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Reservations are being accepted from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
call 410 625 0534

Patti Chan, co-founder of is coming to work in the Sotto Sopra kitchen on Tuesday, October 21st as our Chef-for-the-Day. She and executive chef Bill Crouse talked skill level and experience and then developed a menu for Patti's skillset.

Patti currently resides in Canton. She's an uber-foodie with a special knack for dissecting a dish's ingredients in a single bite.

You are cordially invited to enjoy Patti's endeavors in the Sotto Sopra Kitchen


1st course
Eggplant Panzanella Salad
with olive bread and a red wine vinaigrette

2nd course
Rabbit Tortellini
with braised vegetables and rabbit consomme

3rd Course
Provencal Monkfish Osso Bucco
with white corn polenta

4th Course
Port Poached Pears
with roasted walnuts and star anise ice cream

Cost Per Person

(excludes beverages, tax and gratuity)

When making your reservations, let us know you are coming to enjoy the Chef-for-the-Day Dinner. Sotto Sopra's regular dinner menu will be available as an alternative choice for guests that evening.

Love to cook, fantasize about working in a restaurant kitchen - Learn more about our Chef-for-the-Day Program - CLICK HERE
other promotions and discounts are not applicable to this dinner

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Chef-for-the-Day John Busse

John Busse
Tuesday, October 7th
Open Reservations

You are cordially invited to John Busse’s Chef-for-the-Day dinner. John, who says he likes to mess around in the kitchen, is taking on the Sotto Sopra toque thanks to a gift certificate presented to him from his parents. John advised us that cooking outdoors, tailgating is his forte, so the restaurant kitchen will be a new experience.

John and Chef Bill Crouse devised a menu that covered the “manly” foods like cheese, meat and fried dough but in a more refined format and hope you will join us. Sotto Sopra’s regular dinner will also be available that evening for those wanting other choices.

1st Course
Roasted Beet Salad
with fried goat cheese and tarragon vinaigrette

2nd Course
Mushroom Ravioli
with veal reduction and shaved Parmesan cheese

3rd Course
Braised Short Rib
with soft Gorgonzola polenta and horseradish gremolata

4th Course
(Zepoli) Fried Dough
with powdered sugar, wild flower honey and melted chocolate to dip
accompanied with a complimentary Limoncello

Cost Per Person
$45.00 (excludes beverages, tax and gratuity)

Call 410 625-0534 to make your reservation.