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Aug 20, 2007 08:32 AM

Authentic Italian needed (Baltimore)!

I am going to Baltimore with 3 pure blooded Italians and need REAL GOOD ITALIAN DINNER! We'll be staying at the Tremont on St. Paul. Any recommendations for authentic (not touristy) Italian? Little Italy or otherwise?

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    1. Northern Italian? Southern? Italian-American?

      I think without further info, my choice woul be La Tavola, but "authentic" is a matter of perspective - authentic "like Mama made in Brooklyn" is different from "Like Mama made in <Naples, Florence, Rome, or...>

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      1. re: Warthog

        Within easy walking distance of your hotel is Sotto Sopra, but it gets mixed reviews here (i.e. it's seen better days). I'd say it's northern to mid-Italian fare.

        Depending on when your trip is, there will be a new place just south of Little Italy called Cinghiale that sounds promising. It's been discussed on this board as well.

      2. My favorite Italian in Balto is Bocaccio's, also in Li'l Italy (if you're a native you pronounce it w/o a "t"). Fine service and atmosphere and high-quality food. Will it remind you of the Old Country? Not really, but a lardo appetizer is hard to find in this city.

        1. where is Cinghiale located? are they open yet??

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          1. re: rcooperman

            Cinghiale will be across from Charleston in Harbor East but won't open until mid-September - Chef is of former Maestro fame - Stefano Frigerio was the right arm of Fabio

            1. re: Barney Parker

              We're big fans of Aldos in Little Italy for a slightly expensive, but AMAZING Italian dinner. We go there for special occasions sometimes and it seems more authentic and much less touristy than some of the other ones there.

              Also, Amiccis in Little Italy is very good and has great prices and a nice bar area for before/after dinner drinks.

              Good luck!

              1. re: terri.m.peters

                Must agree on Aldo's. The food and service are sublime and the setting is gorgeous. We were given a tour of the place from the wine cellar to the private rooms. The craftmanship is beautiful.

                1. re: terri.m.peters

                  Amiccis is fair, but nothing they serve would be close to being considered as "authentic Italian."

            2. just let me tell you that the only place have decent italian in Baltimore it's only Boccaccio, don't listen anyone else about the various La Tavola or Mimmo's or Amicci's or anyone else.
              those place they serve food that's not even close to be italian and this come from an Italian.

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              1. re: raveforfood

                ciao raveforfood,
                vivo a roma ma vengo a baltimora la settimana prossima. sai se é aperto l'osteria cinghiale? se sí, é buona?? aspetto notizie... grazie mille, -domenico

                1. re: domenico

                  Benvenuti a Baltimora, domenico. I'm not sure if l'Osteria Cinghiale is open yet, if it is, there haven't been any reports on it yet. The owners are well regarded here in Baltimore, so it is definitely expected to be good.

                  With that said, and regarding the OP, I'm not sure I would recommend trying to find an "authentic" Italian dinner here. You certainly won't find a pasta first course, main dish type of service. You can try to make your own by splitting a pasta course with a friend and then ordering a main dish. If that's your thing, La Tavola has the best fresh pasta around. For the best meal, Boccaccio is the place.

                  Why not take your guests, or you yourself domenico, to some local "authentic" Baltimore places? I'm sure you will get many suggestions on the topic.


                  (dirmi se ho bisogno di una traduzione o altri consiglii).

                  1. re: fam0913

                    I ran by last night. L'osteria Cinghiale is not open. They have a now hiring sign out front.