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Revisiting Tuscany


Tuscany Grill at 2047 York Road is in the process of reinventing itself. It's no longer connected to Sotto Sopra downtown, originally one of its selling points. But not to worry: Chef Andrew Thomas and two of the original owners are still at the Timonium restaurant, so the food should continue to be as good as it has been from the beginning.

Even though Tuscany's food and bar prices have recently been lowered, "people still think we're really expensive," says the new manager, Patty Ehoff, who worked at the Turf Inn up the street before it closed. Other people think the Tuscany Grill is an Italian chain restaurant like its neighbor, Romano's Macaroni Grill. Sometimes you just can't win.

(As for the Turf Inn space, when it reopens in the spring it will be as a sports bar, part of the Damon's the Place for Ribs chain.)

Fine wine, fine price

Even luxe hotels like Harbor Court can cater to bargain hunters. Harbor Court's fine-dining restaurant, Hampton's, reviews its wine list each month. If only a bottle or two of a particular vintage is left, it or they are replaced. The leftover bottles are discounted and sold in the hotel's lobby gift shop, Expresso, Etc. These same wines, if you could find them, would cost 5 percent to 30 percent more in a wine shop.

Christmas dinner

Two more restaurants have announced that they'll be serving Christmas dinner this year. Tapestry (1705 Aliceanna St.) will be open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Dec. 25, and the Owl Bar in the Belvedere (1 E. Chase St.) will open at 5 p.m. and serve food till midnight. Both will be offering their regular menus plus some festive specials.

Sobo Cafe is open

Even though we ran a correction last Friday, I want to be sure everyone who reads this column knows that Sobo Cafe (8-10 W. Cross St.) in Federal Hill isn't closed as I reported last week. In fact, it's open every day for lunch and dinner and doing quite well, thank you. A mix-up when we were checking our restaurant listings resulted in the mistake. My apologies. (And I'm relieved to hear this pleasant little cafe is still around.)

Table Talk welcomes interesting tidbits of restaurant news. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, Table Talk, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278; fax to 410-752-6049; or e-mail to elizabeth.largaltsun.com.

Pub Date: 12/17/98

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