Restaurants Near Renaissance Harborplace Hotel
We chose Dalesio's of Little Italy it had nice quiet atmosphere and excellent service. Nice wine list but somewhat limited menu, however I wanted Standard Italian Restaurant Milanese Sauce over pasta and my wife wanted crab cakes. Both were excellent. Some could consider the Milanese heavy but it was perfect for me. Surprisingly the crab cakes were excellent almost pure lump crabmeat. The accompanying Escarole was sautéed to perfection in just a hint of olive oil.
Another stop was Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop in Little Italy for a quick lunch. I ordered Vaccaro's “Muffuletta”. Which is a heated Panini made with provolone cheese, ham, Mortadella, Genoa salami and a chunky style olive tapenade. It was very good and filling. With multi layers of meats and cheese it was large enough to feed more than one person. We finished the lunch with a special St. Joseph’s day pastry.
Before we ended our trip, we stopped at Attman’s Delicatessen on Lombard and had a Corned Beef with mustard on rye.
All in all a great Baltimore experience.
Oddly enough the best Italian food (with the exception of Vaccaro's for pastry and coffee, also Cafe Piedigrotta for pastries and simple, but delicious manicotti, lasagna, etc.) is not in Little Italy. Cinghiale, mentioned below, is terrific, so is Sotto Sopra (less than a mile from LI) and Pazza Luna, perhaps two miles distant.
You'll be staying in the heart of the Inner Harbor, which is mostly chain central (from downscale through upscale). You should definitely search this board though, since this topic comes up often.
Seafood -- the Black Olive
Italian -- many restaurants nearby in Little Italy (search this board for various discussions on pros and cons), as well as the upscale waterfront Cinghiale
Steamed crabs -- you'll still be out of season for local crabs.