Davide Rossi—a former chef at Sotto Sopra and Pazza Luna—is stepping into the kitchen as executive chef at the wildly popular Birroteca near Hampden. He fills the role after Cyrus Keefer's recent departure to Fork & Wrench in Canton.
Rossi, a native of Milan, Italy, has worked at top establishments in Italy, the Caribbean, and the United States. He met his wife Christa, a Baltimorean, while working at Sotto Sopra in Mt. Vernon.
You know how that works. Baltimoreans have deep roots. We eventually come back home.
After Sotto Sopra, the couple moved to Milan. They returned to the U.S. to open a seasonal restaurant in Maine, which has since closed, and returned to Maryland to operate Pazza Luna in Locust Point.
After selling that restaurant, Rossi worked as a consultant and helped to open The Mallet in Fallston.
Birroteca, which is known for its artisanal pizza (roasted Marvesta shrimp pizza, pictured) and Italian dishes, opened in a restored millhouse in 2012 under the ownership of Robbin Haas, who was named a top 10 chef in America by Food & Wine magazine.