Chef Davide Rossi, who prepared upscale Italian dishes at Pazza Luna in Locust Point, is the consulting chef at the new The Mallet Restaurant & Crabhouse in Fallston. It seems an odd pairing.
Chef Rossi, who hails from Milan, Italy, dropped out of sight after Pazza Luna, a popular trattoria, closed suddenly last May. It had been getting positive reviews from neighbors, visitors, and the media. No word on its fate. The old phone number is not in service, though its website is up and running. Anyone know anything?
The menu at The Mallet—a location that has housed various restaurants with different names over the years—offers standard crab-shack fare (that's not a bad thing) like steamed shrimp, mussels, crab cakes, and a few steaks thrown in for meat eaters. There is also a small pasta section featuring linguine with clams, chicken Alfredo, frutti di mare, and shrimp scampi. With Rossi’s imprint, I’m sure they’re delicious.
I’m glad the chef landed somewhere locally. But I just feel like there’s more to this story.