Tappo's is sophisticated Italian in Oxford


Heading to the Eastern Shore this weekend? Stop in at Tappo's in Oxford, a relatively new, sophisticated little Italian restaurant that several readers have written to me about. You'll feel comfortable going in shorts; but the menu runs to items like carpaccio, interesting veal dishes and homemade desserts. Entrees cost from $10.95 to $18.95.

* I get plenty of mail about wine dinners, but the one from Sfuzzi at the Inner Harbor sounds particularly appealing. Participants will feast on prawns with lemon artichoke risotto, capellini in smoked salmon and caviar butter, lamb three ways with onions and parsnips, and figs and blackberries in zabaglione. The wines are from Robert Mondavi. The dinner takes place at 7 p.m. this Monday. Cost is $45.

* Don't think of Phillips as a stodgy, old-fashioned seafood restaurant. The Harborplace location has now opened a sushi carry-out. How hip can you get?

* And speaking of Harborplace, I still think Yogen Fruz in the Light Street Pavilion has the best frozen yogurt around. You choose from frozen peaches, blackberries, strawberries and more. The fruit is blended with a block of plain frozen yogurt. The result is a soft swirl of yogurt filled with little flecks of

fresh-tasting fruit.

* The sign where Victoria's Cafe at Calvert and Fayette used to be says "Opening Soon. New York-Style Salad Bar." What's a New York-style salad bar? They scream at you when you take too many carrots?

* The Redwood Grill has just opened at 12 S. Calvert St. The offerings include everything from a corned beef sandwich to lobster ravioli, but the grill will be open only for lunch until it gets its liquor license -- probably in the next week or so.

* The new Sugar Reef Cafe at Aliceanna and Washington streets features a deck cafe, bar and grill. Right now, the menu is mostly lunch items and light fare. True, the cafe looks out over the parking lot; but with flowering plants and bright tablecloths, it has its share of charm.

* G. L. Shacks, a popular Catonsville restaurant, will soon have a sibling in Ellicott City where the Allview Inn used to be. The new G. L. Shacks, like the first one, will feature a range of American food, from wings to crab imperial, in a casual family atmosphere.

Table Talk welcomes interesting tidbits of restaurant news. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, Table Talk, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.

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