In today’s economy, opening any new business has got to be beyond scary. Matt Mancelotta and Vic Corbi in Catonsville, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore, through caution to the wind and opened Grilled Cheese & Company last month with hopes of opening a second storefront by July.
The concept is simple: grilled cheese sandwiches – ten in all on their menu. One of the two priced at $7.50 is the Sweetest Thing, a gooey delight of brie, mascarpone and raspberry preserves with chocolate chips grilled on challah bread… oh my…
The Sweet and Sassy at $8 is the most expensive with ingredients of mango chutney, brie and prosciutto ham.
The Original grilled cheese they offer is made with… you guessed it … slices of orange American Cheese between two slices of white bread “the way your mom made it” says co-owner Vic Corbi… however, the cheese is actually real brick cheese, not the processed kind and the bread comes from a local bakery. It’s $5.00 and for $4.oo more you can add a cup of tomato soup…but again, not the can, but a creamy tomato basil with chunks of fresh tomato and shreds of fresh basil… you can still dip the sandwich in the soup, just like we did as kids…
The menu includes the Fresco at $7; mozzarella, roasted red peppers and pesto on ciabatta and the Veggie Delight (also $7) made with havarti, roasted veggies and olive spread on whole-grain bread.
There is a crabby melt made with Monterey Jack and a schmear of blue crab dip (7.50) and a Blue Ox ($7), marinated grilled beef steak with blue cheese and horseradish sauce (made on the premises).
All of the sandwiches are made to order using Panini grills. The bread comes from a local bakery, Cardinal Bakery in Sterling, Virginia.
The menu also includes salads, monthly specials, soups and fries, including sweet potato fries.
Grilled Cheese and Company is located at 500 Edmondson Avenue, Catonsville, MD 21228
410-747-2610 Open Daily 11-9