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Nov 24, 2008 05:58 AM

Fazzini's in Cockeysville

Saturday night we grabbed a couple bottles of wine and headed up to Fazinni's on Cranbrook Road. There was a line out the door, so we opted to do take-out.
There is not much ambiance in the dining room, so eating their fantastic food at home was just fine. I had the Fazinni's Pasta- rolled lasagna noodles filled with sausage and covered in a tomato cream sauce. Hubby had the fine spagetti with meat sauce and meat balls (he claims the basil made it too sweet, but he sure put away plenty of it) and our friends had the chicken and shrimp scampi over low-carb pasta, which the both proclaimed delicious. I also got the 'Supreme' garlic bread- covered in garlic, spinach and cheese and tomato chunks. Fantastic, but probably better if eaten on site- as when we arrived home, it had cooled quite a bit.
While waiting for our food to be prepared, we saw a catering party pick up mountains of food. what a spread!
I heartily endorse Fazinni's. The pasts is homemade, the sauces are made fresh on premise. They really care about their food, and it shows. If you call ahead for pick up, you can avoid the wait- but it is worth waiting for! RUN to Fazinni's the next time you're in the mood for italian!

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  1. I don't know if I can give as enthusiastic an endorsement to Fazinni's as you did, but I definitely have enjoyed the place over time. I first visited the place over ten years ago and have seen it change hands a few times. I don't go nearly as much as I used to, but I'm still happy to hear that it's doing well.

    It's without a doubt, in my opinion, the best affordable italian in the northern suburb area (timonium/lutherville/hunt valley/etc). The prices are, indeed, very cheap. I also tend to get the pasta fazinni which I think is very good. They're bread is often very good or very dry, and I still don't know why there's such inconsistency with that, but a fresh loaf is delicious. Another good staple is their 'pound of pasta' with their white clam sauce as well as their cream of crab soup (when they have it available).

    Unfortunately, sometimes I feel like Fazinni's is more hearty-yummy than flavorful-yummy, if that makes any sense to people. Thus I'll never be unhappy after a meal there, but I'm rarely ever thrilled.

    1. Looks like that was a farewell meal, since according to Elizabeth Large's blog and their own web site, they are now closed. No idea what happened, but it's apparently gone for good.

      11 Replies
      1. re: JonParker

        So where else do we like for earnest but easy pasta? Fazzini's had a name partly because they used to advertise on morning radio, partly because they really worked their behinds off making big good inexpensive pasta dishes. But there must be dozens of equally good stripmall better-than-subshop Italian spots--Chef Paolino's In Catonsville? Vito's in Cockeysville? Pasticcio on Boston? Gianni's by the Home Despot in Arbutus? Sapore di Mare in Joppa the Sun did today? Where else can we go, and how good are these?

          1. re: chowsearch

            I have seen posts about Roma Cafe (I think that's the name?) on York road in Cockeysville and have been meaning to get there. Has anyone been there lately?

          2. re: JonParker

            My sister will be very unhappy about that, she loved it there. I ate there with her once and found the food to be pretty tasteless.

            1. re: hon

              I liked the sandwiches better than the pasta.

              Vito's in Cockeysville is horrible.

              1. re: JonParker

                I remember I had the spaghetti with white clam sauce and it literally tasted like nothing.

                1. re: JonParker

                  I second the anti-vito's opinion. Unimpressive to bad food for quite a high price point.

                  I know of some people who enjoy Italian Gardens in kenilworth mall. I've found their food to be generally on par or a little worse than fazzini's, but they are a bit noticeably more expensive.

              2. re: JonParker

                Took a drive this morning to check it out myself. They are indeed closed with a sign saying they were "forced" to close. Website says the same. Very strange.

                1. re: Wangus

                  Funny how they are still listed on So what the heck did all those people who bought Gift Certificates there for do with them?? Nice of Fazzinis to screw people over in addition to closing its doors. I am sure they knew..
                  ..Like literally it is still there as of Sat 29 Nov 1430. And the restaurant has been closed for at least a week..

                  1. re: Woof Woof Woof

                    If I were you...I would contact should replace thehose gift certificates

                    1. re: Woof Woof Woof

             always stands behind their certificates. If a restaurant is no longer in the program, they will credit your account and allow you to choose another restaurant from their extensive list.

                2. I have heard good things about the pastas at Grano's in Hampden, on the Avenue.