It's always been located in an obscure place off of West Street in Parole. Now it's kind of overshadowed by the new Annapolis Town Centre that has sprouted like a giant Oak. Nevertheless, whatever formula they have had working here probably hasn't changed much since their inception. It's local, unpretentious and it displays some authenticity. The walls are lined with wine racks and other items for purchase including Italian products like tomato paste and polenta.
My biggest gripe is the prices of their breads and deli selections. When I first got my panini press, I was determined to get great prosciutto, ciabatta and cheese from this purveyor, but to be honest I haven't been back for those ingredients and it's been more than three years. Mostly because I can get comparable items elsewhere for less.
I have however, been back for their sandwiches which are reasonably priced and freshly prepared. They are quite good and surprisingly the "Cuban" is my favorite. The warm bread crackles, the pickles tickle your tongue and all the other components compliment each other perfectly. Since this is an Italian place they serve the usual suspects like pasta, lasagne, meatballs, etc. All of these items look good, but I have yet to try them. Their Neopolitan pizza looks like an unusually thick focaccia bread, so I have never had the urge to try it. (I prefer thin crust). The place always smells great and is usually very busy.
We have purchased some of their frozen "homemade" pasta and found it to be just ok. After the new Wholefoods opened next door, it's hard to beat the fresh stuff available at their pasta counter. All in all I appreciate the local effort here, but I just don't understand some of the pricing. Bread afterall, is a staple, and consists of but a few ingredients. They don't tout themselves as a gourmet marketplace so why the gourmet prices?
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