by Karin Leperi
March 26, 2002
An authentic wood burning oven on the premises serves brick oven pizza and calzoni Italian-style. I usually skip the appetizers and order a Pizza Bianca con Fontina as an appetizer for the entire table. This is white pizza with fontina cheese drizzled with olive oil, and garnished with tomato and basil: an instant "hit" every time!
Pasta dishes range in price from $8.95 for Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (homemade spaghetti sautéed with olive oil and garlic) to $13.95 for the cannelloni – stuffed crepes with veal and vegetables, topped with mozzarella cheese, besciamel and a touch of tomato sauce. A children’s menu provides spaghetti, linguine, or fettuccine with a choice of tomato sauce with meatballs or meat sauce, or ravioli with tomato or meat sauce. All pasta dishes are served with a generous side salad and piping-hot Italian bread.
My all-time favorites are the veal, with an ever difficult choice between Veal Crema – scaloppine of veal in cream sauce and mushrooms and Veal Carciofini – scaloppine of veal sautéed in white wine, butter, and artichokes. Meat and seafood entrees are served with a choice of pasta or vegetable (choose the pasta), salad (ask for the house dressing), and bread. My husband, a seafood lover, usually orders the linguine with mussels in a white wine sauce, while my 8 year-old daughter helps herself to samplings.
My family has celebrated special times at Pasta Plus for over ten years. The one thing that stands the test of time is the quality and consistency of the menu – it’s impossible to make a bad choice. But the real plus in Pasta Plus is the familial greeting you receive from the proprietor, Massimo Mazziotti, otherwise known as "Max." He is like a master conductor, carefully orchestrating the details so as to deliver a harmonious symphony for the palette. His "touch of elegance" comes with a warm Italian smile letting you know his professional pride and signature are reflected in every dish delivered to your table; his presence makes the meal.
I head to Pasta Plus when I want to treat my out-of-town guests to excellent Italian food, with a menu that provides ample choices to suit various tastes, including ever-changing specials not to be found in print. Open for lunch and dinner, this is a very popular establishment having been written up in various venues, so plan on waiting for your table – especially on Fridays and Saturdays. Closed Mondays.
From journal Ethnic Dining Betwixt Baltimore and Washington, D.C.