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“Interesting, but a number of misses”
Review of Germano's Piattini

Germano's Piattini
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Ranked #117 of 2,026 Restaurants in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Little Italy
Cross street: Fawn Street
Description: Germano Fabiani has sparked a renaissance in Little Italy with his newest venture, Germano's PIATTINI (small plates), a contemporary Italian kitchen and bar and upstairs cabaret, with a small plates and paired brews menu that excites the palate and offers something for every taste. Germano has turned the 200 year old establishment into a "terzo", a home away from home and work. Our scrumptious menu—try the Tartufo Bianco (white truffle pizza), Carciofi Fritti (Prosecco battered fried long stem artichokes) and Polpette Kobe (Kobe beef meatballs)-- is allergy aware (we are a nut-free facility) and includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options...full bar and wine list and wines by the glass (3 oz. & 6 oz.), beers by the bottle and a selection of draft IPA’s, stouts, ales/pils, seasonals /wheats and imports on rotation, creative cocktails, and our continued commitment to bring you an outstanding lineup of cabaret--jazz, opera, urban folk, bluegrass, theater, Broadway and more— In the upstairs Cabaret, in speakeasy style, Germano's PIATTINI offers “dinner and a show,”featuring jazz, bluegrass, opera, indie music, theater and, of course, cabaret. The Cabaret opens at 6pm for pre-show dining. Performances begin at 7:30pm unless otherwise indicated. Inquire about cover charge. Performances are for dining patrons only. Please note that while dinner reservations can be made over the phone or online, you are only guaranteed a seat in the Cabaret upon the purchase of your ticket. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the venue. The Gastropub seats 40 among high-top tables and bar. Renovations include original brick façade and terrazzo brass-inlaid floor. The stunning bar, charcuterie station and tables are constructed of repurposed barnwood with wrought iron hinges and are glass topped with copper fittings. A hand-carved Amish ladder floats above the bar, converted for bar utility. The Barn Room is located on the first level and seats 22 with the focal point a vintage hand-turned spindled marble Chef’s Table. The walls and floor are made of repurposed wood from a red Amish barn and are complemented by hand painted murals. The Tuscan Room seats 50, with exposed brick walls and original Tuscan frescoes; uncurtained windows welcome the pageantry of Little Italy. The Cabaret seats 90 and is outfitted with an in-tune Yamaha G-1 baby grand and sound system. Vintage posters and artwork from the owner’s personal collection adorn the walls of the restaurant. Germano's PIATTINI's Private Dining Team works diligently with event managers to craft memorable on-premises dining experiences for clients and their guests. For more information about special seasonal menus and suggested wine and beer pairings, contact the venue. Germano's PIATTINI has earned a reputation for creating unique and delicious dining experiences. For a full listing of the venue's culinary, performance and visual arts events, visit the website.
Ellicott City, Maryland
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“Interesting, but a number of misses”
Reviewed June 17, 2014

Although the web site stated the cabaret performance on Sunday was to begin at 6 and dinner reservations were made for 5 p.m. as suggested, the manager on duty had no idea as to what was going on. He told us the room did not open until 6 and the show was 7:30. They need to communicate a bit more. Finally it was sorted out that the performance was at 7:30. We would not have gone this early if the correct information had been on the web site. I had the twisted Caesar salad which was quite good and the lemon risotto which was good. My glass of Wente Chardonnay wine was served room temperature???? Our service was excellent and the cabaret performance was outstanding. They just need to fix a few glitches. Other than our table, all others seemed to be friends of these performers. They really need to do a bit more advertising as it was a fun night.

  • Visited June 2014
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LatteF, Owner at Germano's Piattini, responded to this review, July 13, 2014
We are delighted that you enjoyed both the food and the entertainment. We are sorry that you were confused about the time of the performance. As is stated on our website, unless otherwise indicated, the Cabaret Room is open at 6pm for pre-show dining and the show begins at 7:30pm as our General Manager indicated to you on arrival. We have begun to list our shows at 6pm so people will arrive in time for us to take their orders prior to the 7:30 show time. Where we have seated all parties who purchased tickets in advance, and the room is full, we may start the performance before 7:30pm. The 6pm start time also allows us the opportunity to add a 9pm show if we sell out the earlier show, in which case the performer will perform one longer set for each show rather than two sets and an intermission. We find that this approach accommodates our patrons as well as our artists.
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Baltimore, Maryland
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38 reviews
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“Affordable, Fresh and Upscale modern Italian”
Reviewed June 16, 2014

After completing renovations, Germano's Piattini has hit the nail on the head with fresh small plates of authentic dishes. This is a place I like to bring out of town guests, particularly those not familiar with Italian food.

We started off with salumi. Fresh sliced speck, prosciutto and bresaola as well as a few cheeses. The wine and beer were great deals as they were on happy hour prices by the glass on 12 different Italian wines.

For dinner we ordered small plates to share. We had the anchovies, grilled calamari, beet ravioli,carciofi (grilled artichokes), mussels, Insalata di Polpo (octopus salad), the orrechiette with sausage and the Insalata Rossa with beets, strawberries, red onions and chevre.

The ambiance downstairs is reminiscent of a renovated but contemporary trattoria. It is cozy, informal and retains old world charm while offering a modern vibe. I recommend Germano's Piattini for locals and tourists to Little Italy alike. Tutto va bene!

  • Visited May 2014
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Baltimore, Maryland
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179 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Still mixed”
Reviewed June 2, 2014

They've now changed the menu so I had some hoped, adding an old favorite, mussels, and some salads. However, the helping of mussels was small and there was no spoon provided so had to ask for it. As it happens the same day in the evening I went to B Bistro and my girlfriend had mussels, and the helping was much bigger, but, more importantly, the mussels were much larger and more succulent. A friend had a salami dish and we joked that it seemed smaller than last time.

  • Visited May 2014
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LatteF, Owner at Germano's Piattini, responded to this review, July 13, 2014
Mr. Hasler has been a regular customer at Germano's for more than 30 years. He routinely arrives on Saturday when we open at 11:30 and stays until mid-afternoon along with friends. Germano's has evolved with the change in dining habits into a contemporary Italian kitchen and bar serving an exciting selection of antipasti, salumi, cheeses and Italian small plates - pizzette, pastas, risottos, local seafood, fresh herbs and vegetables from our garden and local vendors, with a heart healthy emphasis and allergy awareness (we are a nut free environment). Mr. Hasler's check indicates that he ordered the small plate of mussels (1 dozen for $10) and water. He is disgruntled because he was still hungry. His recourse was to order another dozen mussels or choose something else from the delicious PIATTINI menu.
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Nice place for reasonably priced Italian Food”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

I dined solo last night at the bar in Germano's and had a great meal. The service was friendly and good. I like it when a restaurant doesn't have a problem with giving me a taste of a wine I'm not familiar with. I tried the Costamolino, Argiolas and loved it. This crisp, mildly fruity white wine from the Island of Sardinia paired great with the perfectly grilled Calimari, and the Lobster risotto. The ambience of the bar area was very nice and I look forward to trying their daily happy hour from 4-7, and dinner too! I've eaten at several Italian restaurants in Baltimore's Little Italy and would say this might become my new favorite due to the price and quality of the food.

  • Visited May 2014
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Pasadena, Maryland
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“Dinner and a Show...What Could Possibly Go Wrong?”
Reviewed May 6, 2014

I purchased tickets online to see "Sojourne" and according to the instructions, we arrived at 6:00 since the show was to start at 7:30. We ordered appetizers and wine for starters. Our main dish was spahgetti with clams (seemed simple enough). Here's what happened: Our dinner arrived at 7:20 PM after several inquiries and we were one of the first ones to arrive exactly at 6:00 PM. The show started 20 minutes late. The female vocalist was good but I was looking for the actual percussionist (per the ticket picture) and all i saw was this guy rhthmically tapping on a box which i found quite annoying versus an actual drum set. Was the drum set stolen? reposessed? Confiscated at the border? Come now, man! Tell us..inquiring minds want to know! The ambiance was good and all i saw was 2 servers for about 50+ people..now any restaurant owner knows this is not a good server to customer ratio. Would I come back again? ONLY if 1. it is a charity concert to buy a new drum set, 2. improve the server to patron ratio, and 3. Not having to wait so long for something simple like spahgetti with clams. Fair enough?

  • Visited May 2014
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LatteF, Owner at Germano's Piattini, responded to this review, July 13, 2014
We really can't find fault with the timing of the guests' dining experience. If they arrived at 6pm, they were greeted and their drink orders were taken and delivered at which time their dinner orders would have been taken and placed. As they acknowledged they ordered in two more tranches: appetizers and then pastas and were timely served prior to the commencement of the show. The cabaret is not a fast food dining experience-- the food is not pre-packaged-- and is meant to be savored with a break between courses.. As for the show, Sojourne's show was billed as an acoustic performance on our website and in press. The guest apparently is unfamiliar with the cajon (pronounced 'ka.HONE'), a kind of box drum played by slapping the front face with the hands. The modern cajon is often used to accompany the acoustic guitar and is beginning to gain popularity as recognized musicians such as Fleetwood Mac, The Dixie Chicks, Nada Surf, Los Lobos, Jennifer Lopez, Ben Harper, Anastacia, and Alejandro Sanz with Destiny’s Child have all recently featured the Cajon either on stage or television. The show time was delayed to accommodate patrons who were caught in unusual traffic that evening and to allow us to take those orders prior to show time to minimize the disruption to the performance.
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