Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day Brunch & Dinner

Sunday May 13

Mother’s Day is coming and we are happy to provide a delicious & low key day for your mom, sorta mom, the person in your life you call mom {who may also be a dad!} etc.  No buffet of high priced menu; we are offering our normal menu at regular a la carte pricing for both lunch & dinner.  Of course, we will have some special dishes for Mom’s Day but all our usual bunch & dinner specials will be available.  At Brunch, Bottomless Bellini, Mimosa or Bloody’s are $12.

Please book now as our reservation book is filling up.  We will be serving Bottomless Brunch from Noon ’til 4 and DInner from 4 ’til last reservation at 9.15.  And at dinner, we will be offering our wine madness so if mom is a wine lover, or the filk who love mom are wine lovers, you can enjoy any bottle $60+ for 50% off.


Mother’s Day Antipasti

Lobster Deviled Egg
vaudovan spiced egg, lobster chunks, lobster & herb aioli 12
gluten free

Lobster Bisque
lobster meat, tomato, cream, thyme 12
gluten free

Crab Balls
chesapeake lump crab, egg, panko ~ house ‘tartar’ aioli 12

red tomato, fresh italian mozzarella di bufala, basil
hawaiian red & black salts, moroccan olives 12
gluten free, vegetarian

Ricotta ‘Napoleon
hand dipped ricotta, rhubabrb, strawberry, asian pear compote
spiced nuts, cinnamon, honey, filo 12

Sprouts {aka Ra’ab}
the flowering sprouits of veggies inthe kohl & kale families, pancetta (va), caramelized onion, pistachio, aged balsamico 12
gluten free, can be made vegetarian

Local Greens & Fresh Mozzarella Bruschetta
lemon, garlic, olive oil on grilled olive bread 12

fish filet, bay scallop, celery, bell pepper, red onion, lime juice & olio 12
gluten free

fire roasted red pepper & kalamata olive purees
roasted tomato, really good olio 14

Mother’s Day Brunch Plates

breakfast potato w/red bell pepper, onion, herbs {contains gluten}

Asparagus alla Milanese
grilled local ‘grass, tons of parmigiano, fried egg 12

Soft Shell & Eggs
summer tomato essence ~ breakfast potato ~ choice of egg w/hollandaise mkt
add another crab mkt

Risotto alla Carbonara
onion, guanciale, tons of black pepper & pecorino, egg 12

Porchetta {Pork Roast} & Egg
our answer to ham & eggs ~ spice~cured local pork roast, fennel, garlic, black pepper, herbs slow roasted w/onion & vinegar pan juices
breakfast potato ~ choice of egg 14

The Grotto’s Joe’s Scramble
eggs, ground beef, spinach, garlic, parmigiano reggiano ~ breakfast potato 12

Tri Tip Sirloin Roast & Egg ^
local roseda tri tip grilled, roasted & sliced ~ salsa verde
breakfast potato ~ choice of egg {+$3 w/bottomless brunch} 15
{gluten free}

Grilled Veggie Frittata w/Pecorino & Gorgonzola Crema
roast garlic, italian tomato confit, hot calabrese chile 12
gluten free, vegetarian

San Benedetto ^
benedict ‘grotto style:’ poached egg, tuscan prosciutto
grilled ciabatta, orange & rosemary scented hollandaise ~ breakfast potato 14

Nutella French Toast
egg soaked pane di casa, topped w/nutella ~ bacon ~ choice of egg 12


Our usual menu including regulars and special Mom’s day treats {and remember that the menu may change due to availability, or just because that’s what kind of chef I am}:

Lobster Deviled Egg
vaudovan spiced egg, lobster chunks, lobster & herb aioli    12
{gluten free}

Lobster Bisque
lobster meat, cream, thyme    12
{gluten free}

Crab Balls
Chesapeake lump crab, house-made aioli, egg, panko ~ house ‘tartar’ aioli    12

Summer Heirloom Tomato Soup w/Grilled Seafood
served chilled: lime-spiked tomato soup w/grilled octopus, calamari, shrimp & scallop w/ mint salsa verde    12

Asparagus alla Milanese
grilled local ‘grass, tons of parmigiano, fried egg        12

Baked Ricotta ‘Napoleon
hand dipped ricotta, lemon, walnut, cinnamon, honey, filo napoleon    10

Grilled {Mostly} Local Veggie Antipasto
what ever is good at the market
mint, citrus & parsley pesto        10
gluten free, vegan

Octopus Cooked Under a Paper Bag
braised in its own juice, then grilled & marinated in citrus
served warmed w/corona & borlotti bean salad        15
gluten free

Ramp, Sweet Potato & Pork Belly
lemon juice, saba        15
can be made gluten free

fish filet, bay scallop, celery, red onion, lime juice & olio        12
gluten free

Local Rainbow Chard & Fresh Mozzarella Bruschetta
lemon, garlic, olive oil on grilled olive bread        10

Handmade Burrata
air freighted from small italian artisan producer, really good olio
fire roasted red pepper puree, kalamata olive puree, roasted tomato 14
gluten free, vegetarian

pork, rose veal, ricotta, panko, egg, spicy tomato sauce 11


Asparagus & Ramp
grilled local asparagus, grilled local ramp, herbs, {fettuccine}
half 15 ~~ whole 24
can be made gluten free +$3
vegetarian, can be made vegan

Fra Diavolo ^
shrimp, scallop, calamari, local blue catfish, clams, mussels,
spicy sorrento tomato sauce, onion (linguine)        25
can be made gluten free +$3

Duck Bolognese Lasagne
spicy bolognese, fonduta, 24 month parmigiano, silk road spices        25

House Sausage alla Calabrese
house sausage, garlic, spicy greens, spicy calabrese peppers, borettane onion, confit cherry tomato (rigatoni)
half 15 ~~ whole 24
can be made gluten free +$3

Cinghiale: ‘wild boar’
rosemary, cocoa, cream, pecorino (pappardelle)
half 15 ~~ whole 24
can be made gluten free +$3

Risotto alla Carbonara
spring veggies, pancetta, onion, loads of black pepper & pecorino, egg
gluten free, can be made vegetarian

Free Form Lasagnette
not your nonna’s lasagna! house made pasta sheets tossed with
pork~veal ragu, bacon, fonduta, 24 month parmigiano        24

Secondi: Mains

Soft Shells
grilled w/summer tomato essence ~ grilled asparagus        mkt

Italian ‘Cassoulet’ w/Smoked Sausage, Pork Belly
smoked sausage, pork belly {pig crafters} ceci, onion, scallion, summer tomato, meat stock, porcini        23
gluten free

slow roast local pork shoulder (rocky hollow farms, md) garlic, herbs, fennel
black pepper, salsa verde ~ sauteed raab        23
can be made gluten free

Goat ‘Paprikash’
local bone~in goat, smoked paprika, ancho chile, green garlic, onion, shallot ~ roasted local potato & cippoline onion        23
gluten free

Grilled Amish Chicken w/Middle Eastern Flavors
amish yard~raised, pomegranate, date, spices ~ potato, shallot        25
gluten free

Loin Lamb Chops
ramp butter ~ crispy local vegetable w/garlic

Shenandoah Valley New York Steak
14 oz, house ramp butter & red wine sauce ~ roasted tuscan potato        27
gluten free

Grilled Eggplant Parmigiana
local summer tomato essence, hand~dipped ricotta, herbs, garlic, smoked mozz        23
vegetarian & gluten free