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Dish of the Week

August 10, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

FREDERICK, Md. - Baked macaroni often translates to that famous comfort food macaroni and cheese.

At Tauraso's Ristorante & Trattoria in downtown Frederick, baked macaroni means "bright seafood pasta dish," says Executive Chef Brock Ormond.

Spiral pasta is mixed with sauted scallops, shrimp and lobster. This mixture is tossed with a tomato sherry cream sauce and baked in an oven with Romano cheese on top.

This $21 entree is just one example of myriad pasta dishes available at Tauraso's.

Tauraso's offers Italian fare as well as American dishes such as surf 'n' turf, a 6-ounce filet mignon with either a whole Maine lobster or crab cake.

The menu also includes soups such as tortellini in brodo (chicken broth) and salads such as the Tauraso salad, which includes artichokes and pepperoncini (pickled Italian peppers).

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The restaurant, with a wine list featuring more than 250 selections, has received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, General Manager Chris Vizas says.

Tauraso's at Everedy Square, 6 N. East St., offers a variety of specialty pizzas from its wood-burning oven as well as toppings for people to choose from.

Ormond describes the atmosphere as relaxed with casual dress.

The restaurant has a dining area, a separate bar and lounge, and a private dining room and can seat about 150 people outside, Vizas says.

Tauraso's serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch with a new brunch buffet starting this Sunday. New hours, effective Sunday, are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Today through Saturday the restaurant is open until 10 p.m.

For reservations, call 301-663-6600 or go to www.taurasos.com.

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