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Linda513 Apr 21, 2007 06:48 AM

These places in Little Italy are available on open table. Where should my husband and I go?

Aldo's
Boccaccio
Della Notte
GERMANO'S Trattoria
La Scala

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  1. BmoreHound RE: Linda513 Apr 21, 2007 07:48 AM

    Aldo's is the most expensive. Boccaccio is expensive but is very good. However, I'd choose either La Scala or Germano's. If you like canolis, go to La Scala as they use a homemade recipe passed down through the generations.

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      tartuffe RE: Linda513 Apr 21, 2007 10:58 AM

      Germano's has good atmosphere and food, but I love Bocaccio's, esp the pastas. I would not call it expensive, esp for people from DC.

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        ko1 RE: tartuffe Apr 21, 2007 12:42 PM

        Another vote for Bocaccio'. You also might want to consider something other than Little Italy. There are many better options available on opentable.com.

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          charmedgirl RE: ko1 Apr 21, 2007 02:29 PM

          Man, heaven forbid someone ask about Little Italy and a Baltimore Hound NOT try to convince them to go elsewhere.

          Don't listen to the nay sayers. Aldo's, La Scala and Boccaccio all serve tasty, often delicious, Italian dishes. I haven't been to Della Notte's in years, but recently it has been getting very positive talk from Baltimore publications, so it's on my re-try list. Germano's is solid, but nothing particularly special. I'd go to one of the others first. Probably Aldo's if $ was no object.

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            ko1 RE: charmedgirl Apr 22, 2007 06:19 AM

            I think out-of-towners always assume Little Italy is something very special, which it isn't. That said, there are a few decent restaurants there.

      2. toro head RE: Linda513 Apr 21, 2007 12:33 PM

        La Scala $$ or Aldo's $$$.

        Being from the DC restaurant scene, I think you may enjoy Aldo's a little more if only for the atmosphere. It's a beautiful space.

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          Linda513 RE: Linda513 Apr 22, 2007 06:36 AM

          We ended up at Boccaccio, mainly because my husband is a picky eater and it seemed that their menu was the most "normal" (ie; veal chops and mashed potatoes). The meal was just ok, the service started off bad (we had to wait five minutes for the maitre d', there was no one at the host stand and a bartender came over and said that she couldn't help us, but someone would be there soon), but the actual wait service was great. I liked my chianti, and the gnocchi were very light and delicious. Nothing was terrible, but I probably wouldn't go back.

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            BmoreHound RE: Linda513 Apr 23, 2007 03:37 PM

            Thanks for the report back. Sorry you didn't get a better meal. Italian in B'more could use some upgrading.

          2. kristinky RE: Linda513 Apr 22, 2007 09:19 AM

            This isn't on your list, but did you consider Sabatinos... best. italian food. ever.

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              Hal Laurent RE: kristinky Apr 22, 2007 09:48 AM

              Even with proper punctuation and spelling I wouldn't consider Sabatino's to be the best Italian food ever. There are people that love Sab's, but I just don't get it.

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                ko1 RE: Hal Laurent Apr 22, 2007 10:20 AM

                Me, either. Boring red sauce restaurant.

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                  hon RE: ko1 Apr 24, 2007 06:05 AM

                  Some of the worst Italian food I have ever had I had at Sabatinos, I don't get it either!
                  Had some delicious food friday at the new Pazza Luna.

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                KAZ RE: kristinky Apr 24, 2007 07:30 AM

                Sabatino's can be summed up with two words: Canned Mushrooms.

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                tartuffe RE: Linda513 Apr 24, 2007 09:48 AM

                Sorry you didnt like Bocaccio's all that much . I have never been disappointed there, but--a thought that occurred to me while reading your post--Ive nevr been there on a weekend. Bocaccio's is my favorite expense acct, mid-week meal. Balto restos, as is true in many mid-size cities, often lack the staff to do a weekend properly. The situation has improved greatly in recent yrs, but still exists

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