Since my son is attending the Univ of Baltimore, we were in the area and were hungry one Sunday afternoon. We decided to try Sammie's (a block away) around 5:00pm in the afternoon. We were worried that it would be crowded and we would have to wait, but as luck has it, we were immediately seated. The waiter was really good. He was fast and covered most all of the tables! We enjoyed the bread and olive oil and my son ordered a caesar salad that was big enough for 3 of us! I had the chicken francese and my son had chicken parm and my husband had lasagna. All of the meals were very fresh and really good. They were pretty good size portions too. The ambience of the restaurant was really pleasant. It was low-key and I didn't feel under-dressed in my jeans and sweatshirt (okay - nice sweatshirt!) We decided to order dessert and had cannoli and amaretto cheesecake. The amaretto cheesecake was REALLY GOOD. The waiter told us that it was his favorite. We could see ourselves going back just for the cheesecake! Overall, we really liked this restaurant and would recommend it if you were going to be in the area to go to the Meyerhoff or the Lyric. There is a garage on Maryland Ave that is just a block away.