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Giovanna's (Balt) good food, hospitality, low prices- others?

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baltimorejim Apr 26, 2008 07:58 PM

By now there have been a number of posts about a small italian carryout on Harford Road near Mastelleone's. I returned tonight with my wife and enjoyed wonderful homemade tortellini, lasagna, and a small salad containing iceberg lettuce, shredded carrots, a few radish slices, and tomatoes with a vinaigrette dressing with parmesan cheese and herbs with garlic bread for $15.64 (total bill). We also had the pleasure of meeting the owner's newborn grandson and son in law who were in from Dallas for a visit with the proud new grandparents.

I asked here in the past what other places might be similar to the quality of products produced at Giovanna's given the low prices and hospitalty offered. From Chow reviews Rinco Peruano and Fiesta Mexicana in Rosedale may be worthy candidates. I haven't tried Fiesta Mexicana yet but look forward to doing so.

This is not the place where "Hi I'm ___ I'll be your server tonight" works. This is the place where the owners likely will know your name after a couple of visits and you will want to know more about them.

There are only a few seats so eating in can be difficult but with the weather starting to warm up their patio is starting to look inviting.

What are your favorites?

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    Whitemarshjohn Apr 26, 2008 08:33 PM

    You are right - Giovanna's is a great find. I've been to Fiesta Mexicana about a half dozen times and I believe it is the Mexican version of what you are looking for. One or both of the Owners (Husband and Wife team from Mexico City) are usually there to wait on you and prepare your food. The food is quite good and each time I go there they add something new - the Husband just built a couple of booths by hand out of wood. Try the guacamole - it's freshly made to order.
    http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/dining/reviews/blog/2007/10/fiesta_mexicana.html
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/423226

    My Fiance and I have enjoyed the food at Kitchen of India on Joppa Road - we've probably been there a dozen times. The Owner or his brother will more then likely be one of your Servers. The buffet is reasonably priced - the dining room is sort of simple and plain. There are lots of good Indian places around Baltmore and people's opinion's seem to vary on the board, but often times Indian food is a good overall value. The only two expensive Indian restaurants in Baltimore that come to mind are the Ambassador Dining Room and (I think it's called Indigma?).
    http://kitchenofindiamd.com/

    We've been to Mt Everest a couple of times and liked them too. They have two locations, but the people who wait on you are extremely friendly. They also have a lunch buffet and a somewhat moderately priced dinner menu.

    We've only been here twice - it's kind

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      hon Oct 6, 2008 10:17 AM

      I finally got around to checking out Giovanna's for lunch on Saturday, I had their Italian Cold Cut which was pretty unremarkable to say the least. None of the meat had much taste. Maybe thats not the thing to get there, dunno. The people were nice.

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        baltimorejim Oct 6, 2008 04:39 PM

        I like the homemade tortellini the most but all the homemade pastas are excellent as are the meatballs. Apparently they used to make their own cannoli shells but now just make the filling. Chicken noodle soup is also very tasty.

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          crosby_p Oct 8, 2008 07:00 AM

          I LOVE their lasagna...Thursday night is the special...also has great meatball parm sandwiches. Not very fond of the pizza..but their tuna sub is tasty as well....give em another try hon...

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            hon Oct 8, 2008 07:41 AM

            I almost got the meatball parm. I'll try it again at some point and get that!

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          Hue Oct 8, 2008 10:27 AM

          Try the Salsa Grill in Woodlawn...
          http://www.eatsalsagrill.com/

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