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Affordable Italian in Baltimore?

pomme de terre Mar 9, 2010 09:22 AM

I have a friend coming into town who wants to go out for Italian. Cinghale is a bit out of our price range -- can you give us some good options at a lower price point? Good food and a fun atmosphere is all we need, not necessarily white tablecloths and white truffles.

We'd like to stay in the city proper, but can be flexible on the neighborhood.

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    HungryinBmore Mar 9, 2010 09:27 AM

    Chiapparellis - 237 South High St.

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    1. re: HungryinBmore
      AlexDer Mar 9, 2010 09:53 PM

      I feel Chiapparelli's is on the upper end of the Little Italy restaurants in Baltimore. It is definitely not on the lower-end of the price point.

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      hon Mar 9, 2010 09:31 AM

      Grano in Hampden, they have 2 locations, go to the bigger one on Chestnut, And it's BYOB!

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        drunk_again Mar 9, 2010 12:22 PM

        I second Grano,
        great atmosphere and tasty, rustic dishes,
        but it is still relatively small, (small but charming) only 8 or 9 tables or so. If you do decide, then it is recommended to make a reservation, and bring lots of wine. The more, the merrier. Just don't get tipsy and start singing off-key Frank Sinatra out loud like the one table did the last time I was there.

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        Hue Mar 10, 2010 09:05 AM

        Gia's in Little Italy is BYOB,but reasonable, quite good and has a very nice ambiance

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          hon Mar 10, 2010 09:59 AM

          I am pretty sure Cafe Gia's has their liquor license now.

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          lawhound Mar 10, 2010 10:30 AM

          Cafe Piedigrotta (Central Ave and Bank Street) is cheap and extremely tasty. They are open til 6 Tues-Sat. and have a half dozen or more tables. Patries but also savory foods and some pastas. Great stuff.

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            markf5018 Mar 12, 2010 08:59 AM

            I haven't been there in a while but Amici's in Little Italy was always good food and not too pricey but you still get the little italy experience. I would recommend it.

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              dawn3024 Mar 12, 2010 04:26 PM

              Amici's is awesome. We used to drive to Baltimore from DC for their lasagna and their shrimp bread bowl which is awesome! Enjoy. Mangia.

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