Without restaurants, kitchens would never get a break, eliminating any chance for them to relax with a warm sink bath amid the soft flicker of a poorly fused microwave. Grant overworked cooking arenas some much needed alone time with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare and drinks at Scotto's Café in Bel Air.
Brandishing Italian roots, chef owners Maurizio Illiano and Diego Colamonaco dish out a menu of authentic pastas, frutti di mare, and home-brewed sauces. Shroud forks in noodley regalia with fettuccine monalisa, a savory junction of italian sausage and mushrooms doused in pink sherry cream sauce ($17), or deliver palatable parcels to tooth-lined delivery boxes with cheese-stuffed jumbo shells ($14). Nautical cravings get sunk by maritime platters such as pan-seared scallops ($25) or gamberi alfredo, which anoints gigantic shrimp with marinara sauce ($21). The cotolette parmigiana showcases hunks of breaded veal resting upon a trundle of capellini pasta ($18), and the pollo marsala served in a wine sauce ($18) fills up diners hungry from attempting to saddle a free grazing giraffe.
A flame erupts, nearly as tall as the chef standing just inches away. In just a moment, however, the blaze retreats, vanishing as suddenly as the splash of wine that conjured it. Such a sight is commonplace in the kitchen of Vittorio Scotto and Diego Colamonaco, who grew up steeped in the passion for food and healthy living that characterizes their homeland, Italy. After moving to the United States, the duo opened Scotto's Café to celebrate the flavors of their upbringing and give diners a more personable alternative to chain restaurants. Each day, rich aromas float from the kitchen into the dining space, tantalizing diners as the chefs finish dishes with drizzles of freshly prepared sauces. The culinary team also portions meals in bulk to cater events ranging from birthday parties to millinery-school graduations.