Based on a couple of other recs, including one from rudmansjmu in another thread, Courtney and I walked over to his Little Italy deli today. This is a really good place with a limited menu -- a few salads, brick oven pizza and sandwiches. Our eyes were a bit bigger than our stomachs after the walk, so we ordered a white pizza with ricotta, fresh mozzarella, feta, garlic and herbs, along with a sub of italian meats, gouda, roasted peppers and balsamic dressing.
The pizza was very good -- thin, slightly charred crust topped with garlicky cheesey goodness. It's in my top five area pies. The sandwich was spectacular -- one of the best Italian sandwiches I've had in my admittedly limited experience.
It's on High street about a block south of Pratt on the corner. Well worth the walk -- not that we didn't need it after the amount of food we consumed.
Amazingly we managed to stroll over to Piedagrotta's for gelato after the lunch.
And as an aside, we walked home through the Inner Harbor. The bad news is that it was filled with Yankees fans. The good news is that quite a large number of them were eating at Phillips.
I have to say, that is some of the best pizza ever. It's the crust that does it, I think. I actually wanted to finish the crust before starting on a new piece, which I've never done before.
The sandwich we had was the Scooch (capicola, soprasetta, porchetta and gouda), and it was awesome. The only thing I didn't entirely love about it was the little bit of sweetness that it had, I'm guessing from the balsamic vinegar (unless the peppers they used were sweet).
I want to go back soon. It was hard to decide on one pizza and one sandwich, because a lot of them sounded great, and I have every reason to believe they are.
I think their sandwiches put their pizza to shame. My favorite is the Porchetta, but I can't argue with any of them. Their pizza is good for Baltimore, but that's not saying very much at all.
My wife and I went to Isabella's on Saturday night around 8 and enjoyed what I think is the best pizza I've had in Baltimore. We had the Sauce, Italian Sausage with roasted marinated onions and green peppers pizza. The crust had a nice char but was still chewy. The sauce was really tasty. Good cheese and toppings and a great price to boot.
We finished with a mini connoli which was fantastic as well. The shell had a cinammon sugar taste to it and the filling was well blended and smooth. I'll definately be heading back soon.
Thanks for the headsup on this place.