Italian or Geman cuisine? You can have both on Valentine’s Day. The new Calle’s Cucina in Charles Village and Cafe Einstein in Fells Point are teaming up to present both cuisines at Calle’s that evening.
Calle’s chef/owner Carl Vahl is a lawyer turned chef who studied cooking in Parma, Italy. Einstein’s kitchen wizard is Claudia Phillips, who prepares dishes she learned from her mother in her hometown Ulm, Germany, the birthplace of Albert Einstein—hence, her restaurant’s name.
On Tuesday, the duo will be offering a menu featuring entrees like sauerbraten with red cabbage and German spaetzle, osso buco, seafood risotto, and much more.
Desserts will include homemade Black Forest cake, panna cotta, and one of Claudia’s specialties, strawberry-caramel cake.
You may remember Claudia from the short-lived The Diner in Little Italy, where she was preparing German cuisine. A year ago, she started cooking again in a charming space on Eastern Avenue, where Teavolve was once located.
She’s already looking for a larger place with a kitchen for Cafe Einstein. Now, she makes everything with one convection oven.
Carl and Claudia often share their creations at each other’s restaurants. Carl carries Claudia’s desserts, and he occasionally provides appetizers for hers.
Calle’s is BYOB, and if you purchase your libation of choice at Charles Village Discount Liquors, across the street, you will receive a 10 percent discount, according to Calle’s website.
Sounds like there will be a good vibe at the restaurant on Valentine’s Day with Carl and Claudia running the kitchen.
Photo of one of Claudia’s desserts