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Apr 21, 2007 06:48 AM

DCer in Baltimore Tonight

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

Della Notte
GERMANO'S Trattoria
La Scala

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  1. 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.

    1. 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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      1. re: tartuffe

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

        1. re: ko1

          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.

          1. re: charmedgirl

            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. 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.

        1. 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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          1. re: Linda513

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

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

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            1. re: kristinky

              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.

              1. re: Hal Laurent

                Me, either. Boring red sauce restaurant.

                1. re: ko1

                  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.

              2. re: kristinky

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