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PARADISO/PASTICCIO, PIKESVILLE

RichardCrystal Jan 24, 2011 06:41 AM

Does anyone know the status of this Italian restaurant in Pikesviile? It changed hands and allegedly names some time ago but the signage remains. I had a horrible experience there was wondering if the management has changed since.

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    JamesPapa RE: RichardCrystal Jan 24, 2011 09:04 PM

    There was a thread on this when it changed hands - It apparently is still well, for lack of better words a sh*th*le. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/738927

    I am shocked to hear it is still in business. I remember, and this was when it was PASTICCIO, that the place was FILTHY. For instance, up above the booths, where all the tchotchkes sat, there was literally INCHES of dust and dirt. (I could only imagine how clean the kitchen is
    )The entrees left little to desire. My is was a fan of the pizza however :grimaces:

    Care to elaborate on your new horrible experience Richard?

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      RichardCrystal RE: JamesPapa Jan 25, 2011 09:07 AM

      Where to begin? They used the old Pasticcio menu and then had practically nothing on it. Foremost was the fact that the server spoke NO English. I mean NOTHING. Nada, zilch, bupkis. But what really frosted my nipples was that the manager refused to come out of the kitchen to talk to us. I literally went back into the kitchen where he was hiding and he ran away from me! I figured nothing was worth this big a brouhaha so all 10 of us walked out and haven't been back since. As far as it being dusty, no big deal to me. I don't care how fancy a place a restaurant is the kitchen is usually questionable.

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        JamesPapa RE: RichardCrystal Jan 25, 2011 06:38 PM

        Eek! Well maybe this place is just best for Carry-Out or not.

        Not like Pikesville is chockful of Pizza Places. Odd maybe, but one of the first things I notice @ a restaurant is the Parking Lot. If it is unkempt (Dumpster messy/open/scummy, unswept etc), I do make a mental note. I usually follow the the PL with the Restroom - if that is bad too I will leave ;)
        Everybody has their thing tho :)

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