Bruschetta comes to Canton at the former Pascale's deli site



A new sign has just popped up on Canton's busy Boston Street. Bruschetta has taken over the space previously known as Pascale's Italian Deli & Pork Store. Behind the new name are a couple of more familiar ones. The two owners of this new wine bar and deli are Gino Troia, the chef/owner of Towson's popular Troia's Cafe, and Will Bauer, the owner of Cockeysville's Sapori D'Italia.

Downstairs, you'll encounter a large cold case stuffed with an assortment of prepared foods, as well as shelves of Italian grocery items (including at least 20 Italian cheeses) and wines, most of them Italian, with a select few from California, Chile and the like. You can either shop to go or place an order, pick a wine (a bottle or by the glass) and head upstairs to the casual dining room, where your wine (which has a $5 corkage fee) will be opened, and your food brought to you when ready.

If your company isn't entertaining enough, there are always old episodes of The Simpsons or classic movies running on the large, flat-screen TV - all dubbed in Italian.

"The other day we were watching Rocky IV in Italian," says Will. "He still wins!"

As for the food, you'll find dishes such as rapini sauteed with olive oil, garlic and red pepper; lasagna; grilled veggies; sausage and peppers, and various eggplant dishes. Will says there will be some standards like arancine, a Sicilian rice ball stuffed with Parmigiano cheese, peas and saffron, then fried golden brown, and a few specials that will change daily. But that's not all. You can order sandwiches, grilled hot or cold. Of course, there is a variety of bruschetta, the toasted Italian bread slices served with all sorts of delectable toppings. Gino says each day Bruschetta will offer a different wine for tasting.

You'll find Bruschetta, 410-327-1112, at 2304 Boston St. Its hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

New name for Orchid

A restaurant that heralded the advent of fusion cuisine to Baltimore some 20 years ago has gotten a new name, along with a new owner. Pratt Street's the Purple Orchid is now the Orchid Sushi, Raw Bar & Grill.

Owner Matthew Winters says he's spruced up the place and the menu, bringing his years of experience as general manager of McCormick & Schmick's with him. Matthew says the original interior was dark and dated. Gone are the burgundies and cluttered-up windows. Now, there are mustards, tans, new fabrics, awnings and lighting.

Matthew says he's kept some of the Orchid's classics, like fluke flounder pan-seared with almonds, pineapple and crystallized ginger ($21), and added some American classics, like grilled half rack of lamb chops ($23) and grilled tenderloin filet wrapped in bacon ($28). There's also a full sushi menu, raw bar items and a lunch menu that includes burgers, salads and crab-cake sandwiches.

The Orchid, 410-837-0080, is at 729 E. Pratt St. in Scarlett Place. Its lunch hours are 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

If you have information regarding a local restaurant's opening, closing or major changes, please e-mail that information to sloane@sloane or fax it to 410-675-3451.

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