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Downtown Baltimore Italian question

Any suggestions/recommendations of the following?
Sotto Sopra
Sabatino's
Della Notte
Boccaccio
Caesar's Den

This would be a casual dinner for six adults who never get to see each other, coming together from around the country...so good atmosphere, not rushed, somewhat casual...
any hints appreciated. Thanks.

Carleen

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    1. La Scala, if it needs to be in Little Italy

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      1. re: Sop

        Will the diners be staying at hotels in downtown Baltimore, or can you venture a few miles from the Inner Harbor? I enjoy Pazza Luna for casual Italian, and not your stereotypical red-sauce joint. Plus it's in one of the last authentic B'more 'hoods, Locust Point.

      2. You might like Sammy's Trattoria, on the corner of Charles and Biddle.

        It is quite casual, and the food is good.

        BB

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        1. re: Big Bunny

          Can't say that I thought the food at Sammy's was good. I remember burnt garlic and too much EVOO in the broccoli rabe dish. And don't even remember what else we got, it was that unmemorable.

          Sotta Sopra is probably a little more high-end than casual. I've only had their RW food, and wasn't impressed. Not that it's bad, but I expected more from everything that I had heard.

          La Tavola was my old stand-by back in the day, but I haven't been in ages. I always enjoyed the food and the service.

          Della Notte surprised me. I wasn't expecting much, and came out surprised that I would like to go back. Kitschy? Yes. But the food was great, and the gnocchi were light years better than Da Mimmo's! Service was great, too.

        2. Della Notte from your list but La Tavola is better and more upscale.

          1. Sammy's or Pazza Luna skip anything in little Italy sotto sopra not real casual