Wolf, Foreman open a tapas restaurant


Eats: Dining Reviews/Hot Stuff

December 02, 2004|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Sure, the holiday party season is starting to hit full stride, but one of the most anticipated events isn't a party. It's this week's opening of Cindy Wolf and Tony Foreman's new restaurant, PAZO. The owners of Charleston and Petit Louis Bistro have partnered with their longtime chef, Pete Livolsi, in this hip tapas restaurant/lounge set inside a Fells Point building that served as a machine shop in the 1880s.

Tony says interior designer Patrick Sutton preserved a lot of the original timber beams and columns inside, and added dark "Gotham/Batman" gray metalwork. Lots of rich red fabrics, Persian rugs and limestone floors add a sleek warmth to the place. He says the space is divided into two dining rooms, one of which offers a communal dining table. There's also a mezzanine - "great for people-watching" - and a bar and lounge. PAZO has an open kitchen and two private dining rooms, as well.

The lounge and bar opened yesterday. The restaurant officially opens Sunday. Speaking of which, let's talk menu. Mediterranean ... lots of small plates, like clams with manzanilla sherry, spicy pork, garlic and parsley ($6), Corsican rabbit with garlic, herbs and chickpeas ($8) and seared sushi-grade tuna stuffed with capers, raisins and pine nuts ($5). There are also some larger entrees, including chargrilled bronzini ($26), rotisserie-roasted pheasant wrapped in pancetta with mushroom ragu and baby carrots ($24) and a crispy half of free-range chicken ($19).

Tony says in the couple of practice services they've had, a couple of big hits have been the wood-burning oven-roasted pizzas ($8-$9) and grilled calamari with green apple ($5).

While there is a state-of-the-art sound system, Tony says PAZO won't be one of those places that changes from restaurant to nightclub at a certain time of night. He sees PAZO as more of a place to eat and hang out all night. So, the full menu will be served until 1 a.m. seven days a week. That's not to say there isn't a place to dance ... or that the music won't ramp up as the night wears on.

You'll find PAZO, 410-534-7296, at 1425 Aliceanna St. Its hours are 5 p.m.-2 a.m. seven days a week.

ArtWeek a success

Wouldn't you know? This was the Baltimore Choral Arts Society's 15th Annual ArtWeek Art Show and Sale, and it turned out to be its best ever. BCAS' effervescent music director, Tom Hall, says the whole shebang, at the Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt, netted his organization about $61,000.

"That's not only good for [BCAS], but it's very good for all the regional artists who sold their work there," Tom notes. "It's cool that a musical organization can make possible an audience for visual artists. It's a nice collaboration between the two."

Tom says one of the highlights of the preview party came when he received compliments on the artwork from Walters Art Museum Director Gary Vikan and gallery owner Tom Segal - neither of whom had never come to ArtWeek before.

A cooking event

Speaking of rave reviews, the March of Dimes had another hit on its hands with its annual shindig - "Celebrate Chefs," formerly known as "Star Chefs." More than 25 local chefs set up food stations at the Marriott Waterfront to showcase some spectacular culinary creations. Between 350 to 400 folks crowded the Marriott ballroom to sample everything.

According to a very unofficial March of Dimes office survey, the big crowd-pleasers of the night were: Babalu Grill's ceviche, the Bicycle's slow-cooked Havana-style pork on won-ton crisps with tomatilla roasted salsa and City Crab & Seafood Company's pan-seared pumpkin seed diver scallops with frisee salad and pumpkin ravioli in a sage brown butter sauce.

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