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Baltimore Restaurant Week 2009 reviews!

daveinmd | Jan 27, 2009 06:18 PM

Hey guys,
I didn't see a specific thread for restaurant week experiences, so I thought I might start one here.

Tonight we went to Sotta Sopra last minute, figuring that people would cancel due to the roads and weather (got at table at 7:30 PM!). It was my first time. On the menu:

Polenta with mushrooms, truffle oil, arugula, and boisin (?) cheese;
sausage and bean ragout

Tagliatelle with osso bucco
Roasted Duck tortelli

Banana and nutella crepe with vanilla gelato

The polenta was absolutely divine -- savory, buttery, hot, the mushrooms beautifully crispy, the arugula providing a welcome counterpoint, the truffle oil complementing but not overpowering.
Sausage and bean ragout -- sausage was very pleasant, and the ragout was just ok.

Osso bucco Tagliatelle -- Good, but not as tasty as it could have been. I wish the noodles had been finished in the sauce, rather than being placed in the plate and the sauce ladled over it. Texture of the pasta was nicely al dente, though.
Roasted duck tortelli -- pasta was again good, and the sauce very good. The duck filling, though, felt like it had been over-mixed -- the texture was slightly mushy, and I really didn't get a lot of the duck flavor.

Tiramisu -- really nice; not too sweet, light, and very enjoyable.
Crepe -- Loved the flavors, and LOVED the vanilla gelato, but wasn't a huge fan of the crepe itself -- was a little heavy and chewy. It could have been good in two ways -- 1. crispy, or 2. really light and fluffy, but was neither one of those.

Service was great, and I was impressed with some of the little things; the plates were hot for hot entrees, and properly cold for desserts. My crepe with ice cream, having a hot crepe and cold ice cream, had a plate that was properly at room temperature.

Overall, it was a very pleasant experience. I think (and hope) that some of the issues are a result of the high volume of restaurant week -- I'd go back again!

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