Little Italy

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Little Italy
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joserU5417AE
Oahu, HI8 contributions
Great walking Neighborhood
Feb 2021
The art and the restaurants are why I went here to visit on my first trip to Baltimore. Definitely will be visiting this area again! Some shops were closed up for the winter/covid but there were some that were open with limited seating. Great experience.
Written February 22, 2021
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TearraD
39 contributions
Delicious food
Feb 2021 • Family
Found this cute little place walking back to the hotel after the Aquarium.

Gia the owner was super sweet to us, since we didn't have a reservation we were a little nervous that we wouldn't be able to get in.

The food was great, full of flavor. The Chicken Cacciatorre was delicious! The cannoli that we got to which is not pictured was the best cannoli I've ever had, so light.

Only downfall I could say was that we had to pay for oil and parmesan cheese for our bread.

Overall great place to eat, highly recommend!
Written February 19, 2021
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Alyssa Ann
Washington DC, DC12 contributions
Love this Block!
Dec 2020
I've never had a bad experience from any spot in little italy in baltimore! The food is always great, and worth the price! Most places started doing curbside pickup too!
Written December 28, 2020
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Dennis B
Altoona, PA10 contributions
GREAT
Feb 2020
Good eats,Treats and nice place to walk around in one of my favorite places in Baltimore. Take a walk in safety and find the charm and hidden gems off a lot of good food
Written March 4, 2020
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Ibrahim T
Winston Salem, NC7 contributions
A must-visit!
Sep 2019
Little Italy has many great restaurants that you must try. Lunch and dinner, you will find seafood, pasta, and fine wine.
Written February 15, 2020
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Wendy S
Harrisburg, PA185 contributions
Lovely Neighborhood
Jan 2020
Spent a casual afternoon walking around, taking in the wonderful environment, food, drinks that make Little Italy such a great place to visit. Will definitely spend time here again soon!
Written January 5, 2020
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tom
32 contributions
Great atmosphere
Nov 2019
Bring the family, your friends, out of town guests. So many great Italian Restaurants to choose from. Spend a lazy Sunday walking around to find one that interests you. But don't miss Vaccaro's for desert.
Written November 12, 2019
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GV27OCMD
Ocean City, MD381 contributions
If only they had more parking
Nov 2019 • Couples
For all of the bad press regarding the crime and shootings in Baltimore, the Little Italy neighborhood is relatively safe. Great restaurants ( Chiapperellia,s is my personal favorite ) but parking is limited so it’s either valet or park on the outskirt lots and walk a few block. Walking no problem but you’re leaving the safety of little Italy and venturing onto Baltimore streets.

Written November 10, 2019
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Conny Wylie
Ottawa, Canada324 contributions
Little Italy - Tickle Your Taste Buds
Nov 2019
I just finished an almost all day stint at the Baltimore National Aquarium and I was famished, but I did not want to eat fish. Meandering around the surrounding area, a short walk from The Big Fish House, I stumbled upon the warm and inviting neighbourhood of Little Italy, nestled nicely between the Inner Harbour and historic Fells Point. This community is small, full of vintage houses, fragrant bakeries, charming cafes and a bevy of fine Italian restaurants. Italian immigrants settled here, and not only brought over their bodies, but their culinary skills as is reflected in the reputation of the cluster of eateries that are here. What better place to seek out a meal.

To accomplish this task, I needed to get the lay of the land , so I decided to explore Little Italy a little further. As I strolled through the narrow streets I noticed this area is embraced by the gentrification efforts in the revitalization of Baltimore. Buildings here seem almost bolted together, but each exhibited their own unique personality. Restaurant facades showcased like the neat row houses that flanked the streets. Peeking inside a few restaurants, I discovered that the decor generally followed the standard Italian eatery pattern, much like the restaurant depicted in the Godfather movie where Al Pacino whacks his fathers arch gangster enemy along with a NYC police captain. The building footprints are not over spacious and on entry to these establishments you are usually greeted with a substantial display case sporting all kinds of Italian desserts: cannolis, napoleons and the like, accompanied by signs that display quips like 'Eat Desserts First Or Perish' or some such. Lots of exposed brick, painted and unpainted, candles, large salami, pastrami and pepperoni sticks hang around as well as an assortment of shelved cheese rounds and walls are usually profusely adorned with a collection of photos of the old country ...Italia. The tables are squashed closely together and to wiggle your way to your chair you have to suck your belly in only to worry that after you eat you may not be able to accomplish this manoeuvre. The table cloths are predominately a matrix of 1" x 1" squares that could sub for a chess or checker board. These restaurants are usually a mom and pop or intergenerational operation reflecting lots of pride in ownership, strong customer relations and exemplary Italian culinary delights.

The range of restaurants is outlandish, from casual to fine dining, all aimed at tickling your taste buds. I passed Amicci's, touting it's 'Build Your Own Pasta" plate by selecting your favourite pasta type and smothering it with your sauce of choice, and then there was Sabatino's with its signature, tongue tingling Penne with vodka sauce. Don't forget La Tavola, renowned for its home-made ravioli avalanched with cream sauce or Gambino's, ( a mafia sounding name), serving up authentic Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist.

The sheer number of eateries in Little Italy causes pandemonium when it comes time for restaurant selection. So I decided to just meander down the streets and randomly, , walk into Little Italy restaurants to consume a different portion of my meal at each....sort of a game of Italian restaurant 'roulette'. All the restaurants in Little Italy are worthy of going too.....so what did I have to lose..I'm like a blind monkey playing darts and can't help but hit the bullseye.

First up was was a Moretti beer and an appetizer in the form of Spicy Bruschetta..nicely diced Romano tomatoes with a zesty sprinkling of herbs on a bed of Italian baguette.. that altogether sparkled like a firecracker.....takes the nip out of your belly. Next stop, another beer, Peroni this time with Italian wedding soup....beef broth packed with pingpong sized meatballs, kale, micro sized pasta spheres and lightly sprinkled with mozzarella cheese.......this was a slam dunk. Continuing on, I opted for a 50-50 pizza, half Garlic BLT Cauliflower and because we are in Maryland, the other half was a Blue Crab. I ordered an extra large since I wanted leftovers for tomorrow. Both parts were tasty, but the more savoury Cauliflower side won the taste test. Now for my sweet tooth, the piece de resistance, a 1/2 orange with its innards scooped out and filled with Italian gelato with a smidgen of limoncello over the top...ooh so good. Winding down at a bakery/bar, a cappuccino was in order, not the ones made with a high tech appliance but custom-crafted with goats milk froth and mildly capped with shaved chocolate...the real McCoy. As an ending, I opted for a shot of grappa. This stuff can come almost 100% proof making it nearly a fire accelerant. I spilled a drop or two on my shirt and it burnt a hole in it and after a drink of this stuff, your lips pucker up like you just kissed your mother-in-law. All of the 4, on a wim restaurants I haphazardly visited provided savoury food, well presented, in comfortable surroundings and with great service, sometimes even from the owners of the establishment, a rarity these days.

So, if you would like to visit the essentially Italian community of Baltimore, with its cadre of Italian eateries amped up to provided authentic hand-crafted Italian food.....try Little Italy......to Tickle Your Taste Buds.
Written November 9, 2019
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Susan G
Baltimore13 contributions
Several Excellent Restaurants
Oct 2019
As many other restaurants come and go in Baltimore, several long-time restaurants cater to locals and visitors alike. They are truly worth the visit!
Written November 5, 2019
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