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“It's a shame I can't give it a 4.5 rating” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fratelli's Italian Restaurant

Fratelli's Italian Restaurant
2315A Hanover Pike, Hampstead, MD 21074
4103740909
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Ranked #1 of 23 Restaurants in Hampstead
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Maryland
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157 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 75 cities Reviews in 75 cities
208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
“It's a shame I can't give it a 4.5 rating”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

10 of us went to Fratelli's for a celebration. I had heard there crab cakes were amazing, and they were able to accommodate our party at the time we wanted to eat. Actually they were VERY accommodating when I changed the reservation twice more before we gathered there to eat. Each request was cheerfully accepted. 7 of us decided to try the Italian fare, the others wanted to put their crab cakes to the test. Our waitress was very helpful, navigating those that were dairy intolerant through the menu, and when she didn't know the answer, she went into the kitchen to talk with the chef. Recognizing a diary issue at the table, she brought out an extra serving of the community salad with no cheese and no dressing. She also brought out an order of breadsticks without butter and told us she asked, and they were made without milk ingredients. I'm always pleased when a server really listens, and goes out of their way to accommodate requests. .

So, how was the food? The crab cakes were impressive. Lots of jumbo lump, little filler. The fries chosen with them were crispy and seasoned well. Though the portions were large, several guests managed to finish their food. Those that didn't requested containers to pack it up, planning a tasty lunch the next day.

The only reason I gave 4 stars was 1) There is no option for 4.5 stars. 2) Though they will accommodate your allergies, all of the sauces (including the wine/olive oil based sauces) contained butter. If I hadn't asked, those that are dairy intolerant would have assumed a description of white wine, olive oil, and garlic was dairy free.

We are looking forward to our next visit

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Westminster, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Best Crab Cakes, food and service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This is one of if not the very best place for jumbo lump crab cakes! The menu has lots of other great dishes .....I for one love their stuffed shrimp since it has the jumbo lump crab cake on top as well!!!!! Endless salad and bread is awesome too. You will not been disappointed go early for dinner as it is an extremely popular place!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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manchester, md
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Our favorite place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I love the food here, But the biggest compliment is from my husband. He has NEVER enjoyed any restaurant's food. So we end up fast fooding it if we ever ate out. We got a gift card to go here and now he is willing to go anytime. The food has to be GREAT for him to agree to this. The Chicken Chesapeake is his favorite. The pasta is soo light, wonderful

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hampstead
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80 reviews 80 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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“Crab Cakes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My husband is obsessed with their crab cakes. Huge chunks of crabs. This restaurant is always hopping--they must be doing something right!

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New Freedom, Pennsylvania
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“GREAT CRABCAKES”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This place is by far the best in the area for lump meat crab cakes---no shells about it!!! The atmosphere is also great....Other menu items I have tried are just as good as the crab cakes and the in-house made desserts are to die for....Here they don't get their pasta from a box, but actually make it on site & you can watch it being made....Don't miss this place, it's not that far from the Harbor and well worth the trip

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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