Baltimore's first Thai restaurant, appropriately named Thai Restaurant (3316 Greenmount Ave.), has a new owner, Thossaphol Mettawiparee. This is his first involvement with a Thai eatery; his restaurant background includes the now-closed Cafe des Artistes, Peerce's Plantation and Michael's Cafe. The former owner, Tussnee Singparu, had to sell the Thai for health reasons.
On the "if it ain't broke" theory, Mettawiparee is keeping the Thai's chef, with his own wife working as sous chef . The menu is the same, and he's using the former owner's recipes for sauces, but he says he's upgraded the ingredients. The kitchen is using breast of duck instead of whole duck in the duck curry, for instance, and jumbo shrimp. Look for a new decor, a new wine list, with wines chosen for their compatibility with spicy, multi-flavored Thai food, and new desserts.
La Scala moves
Little Italy's La Scala, formerly at 411 S. High St., has moved to new and larger quarters at 1012 Eastern Ave. The former spot had only 13 tables; the new location seats 90. The menu is the same, but expect a completely different atmosphere: Instead of pastel colors and cherubs, it's now Mediterranean with tile work and murals.
The great thing about moving within Little Italy - as far as the restaurant is concerned - is that customers don't bother with addresses anyway. They just park their cars and wander around until they find the place they're going.
Deli goes upscale
DePalma's Cafe and Deli (111 S. Main St., Bel Air) is getting a reputation for more upscale food than you might expect to find at a delicatessen, such as the prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil sandwich on homemade foccaccia (made by the owner's mother).
Everything is made from scratch, owner Mina Castellano promises, from the stuffed shells to the Italian rice balls.
DePalma's is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
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