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Unless you've been there, it's hard to grasp what distinguishes Aldo's from its neighboring Little Italy restaurants. A lot of it has to do with chef Aldo Vitale's craftsmanship and his insistence on using locally purveyed ingredients, and on how you swell you feel in the double rowhouses' various Italianate rooms, all of them crafted by Vitale himself. Regulars have their favorite tables, waiters, and dishes. Aim high and fat: The tournedos Rossini gilds a filet mignon with foie gras, black-truffle oil, porcini, and wild mushroom sauce.
It's Amicci's own damn fault if it's universally thought of us a one-dish wonder--pane rotundo! pane rotundo! It's hardly genetic coding, just a pile of garlicky jumbo shrimp in a bread bowl, but it's fantastic. Better to think of Amicci's as the rare restaurant that succeeds in doing precisely what it promises, offering a moderately priced, youthful, and casual alternative to its family-oriented and/or fussier Little Italy competitors. A new adjacent bar and lounge is promised for the near future, giving the neighborhood something it amazingly has never really had--a place to hang out.
Old-school Italian cooking in an old-school fine-dining setting: Caesar's Den serves its zesty dishes in a white table cloth dining room that feels like it hasn't changed décor since Frank and Dino topped the pops. The well-balanced fare probably follows recipes even older. Alongside the usual anitpasti, zuppe, and capellini and linguine dishes you'll find specialties such as the peppery penne alla rigoletto (pasta with arugula and radicchio in a gorgeously aromatic Gorgonzola cream sauce) and the striking fettuccine nere con arugula, an elegantly simple black pasta with garlic, olive oil, and arugula for which it's worth returning.
BALTIMORE'S WILDEST UNDERGROUND DANCE CLUB!
Ages 18 and over. 21 to drink.
Located Downtown on the edge of Little Italy, just off Route i83. Club features two levels with an upstairs lounge and balcony overlooking a large dance floor. Free parking in area. Doors open 9 PM. Domestics $2 and rails $4 before 10:30 PM.
EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT:
Hosted by ECLIPSE! - Immerse yourself in the only video laser show in the area! Spinning industrial, darkwave, gothic, synthpop and retro. Discount on door cover before 10 PM! Dress sexy for our First Friday Fetish Nights and our Third Friday Theme Parties every month. Check out our web link to see what's happening this week!
MORE INFO -- http://www.myspace.com/joineclipse http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=158918026462&ref=ss
EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT:
Stomp and thrash to hard-core industrial, EBM, retro, high-energy dance.
MORE INFO -- http://www.myspace.com/orpheus-saturdays
A fine-dining Little Italy restaurant distinguished by, among other fine attributes, its offerings of spa cuisine, appetizers and entrèes that promise reduced calories (the numbers are pinted on the menu) and lower cholesterol. For example, chicken marinated in extra-virgin olive oil, lemon, and garlic, chargrilled, and served with couscous and fresh vegetables (352!)
Assortment of American and Italian cuisine.
"Germano’s Piattini (small plates) [is] a contemporary Italian kitchen and bar with a small plates and paired brews menu that... offers something for every taste.
In addition to a full wine list, Piattini offers 12 wines by the glass, available in both three ounce and six ounce size, and beers, both by the bottle and a selection of draft IPA’s, stouts, ales/pils, seasonals/wheats and imports on rotation."
If you thought there were only Italian restaurants in Little Italy, think again. Right in the thick of the city's pasta-pushing district sits India Rasoi, a decidedly low-key joint that serves up authentic and pleasing Indian cuisine. Traditional dishes such as chicken tikka masala, lamb vindaloo, and palak paneer are a little spicier and more vibrant than those you might find at other Indian restaurants around town, so if you like your masala mild, let them know when you order. And don't skimp when you dine here--get the mulligatawny soup. You won't regret spending a coupla extra bucks for that fragrant, lemony, lentily goodness.
Southern Italian essentials, served at decent prices (for Little Italy), in a sexy and operatic townhouse. Start with a sensational Caesar salad, the foundation of which is a grilled head of romaine. Specials are elaborately conceived and invariably excellent. Cannoli, filled with flavors like lemon, hazelnut, and mocha, are made from a Sicilian family recipe and are spectacular.
This perfectly agreeable Little Italy restaurant carves out a niche with its casual (but not overly so) setting, and its made-from-scratch pasta dishes, all of them enterprising, complex in composition, but simple in their impact--green and white linguine tossed with prosciutto, shallots, mushrooms, and sweet peas or priests' caps stuffed with ricotta cheese and chopped spinach. Veal and seafood fill up the refreshingly manageable menu.
Enjoy light fare, pizza, and steamed shrimp while drinking your favorite beer and shooting a game of pool.
"Delicious Argentine Cuisine located in the heart of Little Italy. Gourmet coffee shop/Carry specializes in Gourmet
Empanadas (over 15 differents flavors), Argentine Tartas, Delightful Pastries and Desserts, Chimichurries dressings and others. Argentine Wines, Beers and other products. Wi-fi and wine tastings also makes this place full of adventures. Holidays specials: Office Lunch, Business Buffet, Private and Public parties."
This newish spot boasts a very swank contempo vibe and an ambitious menu of contempo takes on Italian cuisine - including Italian sushi.
Combine traditional Baltimore crab dishes with hearty Italian cuisine and a pub-like atmosphere and you get Mo's. Hop on the nearby water taxi and travel around Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
"Mustang Alley’s concept is one that is unique to the Baltimore City area. With twelve lanes of bowling, a chef inspired and prepared menu, a full service bar featuring an elegant wine and cocktail list, almost 1,000 inches of High Definition televisions, and a fully equipped conference party room, Mustang Alley’s is Baltimore’s newest upscale event and dining facility. So, bowl a round, watch a game, and enjoy your favorite food and drink. We’re not contradicting ourselves when we say, "dress up and let your hair down," we’ve managed to roll sophistication on its fun side. "
Little Italy restaurant that specializes in northern Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, offers table-side flambee cooking and boasts "the finest cuts of veal, wild game and fresh fish from around the world." Chef/owner Rocco Gargano is the "only chef in Maryland to be invited to the exclusive Italian Culinary Institute in New York City to host a chef demonstration."
The grandmother of Little Italy's family-friendly restaurants will disappoint finicky diners looking for cutting-edge cuisine, but it overwhelmingly pleases almost everyone else. Menu highlights include the homemade pastas, veal Francese, and the mammoth bookmaker's salad, dressed with Sabatino's gritty house dressing. The waitresses work their black-apron magic, serving up huge portions in white rooms that look as fresh as they did when Sab's opened 50 years ago. And it's open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
"TapaBar is a tapas restaurant and lounge nestled in the Little Italy section of Baltimore City. The restaurant caters to individuals who are looking for a Mediterranean/Spanish experience with a cozy atmosphere featuring flavorful authentic Spanish and Argentina dishes. The slogan of the restaurant is “Tempting Flavor on Small Plates - Straight from the Farm to your Table”. All dishes are made with fresh ingredients that come from local farms in Maryland.
Wine tasting every Wednesday!"
Vaccaro's gives delightful lie to the notion that Italian sweets go no farther than spumoni and cannoli. Buttery cookies in a myriad shapes, frostings, and flavors, gargantuan éclairs, mountainous ice-cream confections--dessert has never been bigger. Saturday nights bring lines out the door and down the street, but Mondays are our favorite for the legendary all-you-can-eat-for-$12 dessert special.
Baltimore City Paper, 501 N. Calvert Street, P.O. Box 1377, Baltimore, MD 21278
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