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Cheap (ish) eats in Baltimore's Little Italy

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Any ideas on the best cheap, plain, and delicious Italian joints in LIttle Italy?

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  1. I think Amicci's is your best bet. If you want to dive into a huge bowl of pasta for not a lot of dough, this is the place. It takes some criticisms (search the board) because it's not authentic and is without question Americanized, but sometimes that is just the ticket.

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    Amiccis
    231 S High St, Baltimore, MD 21202

    1. Also, check out Cafe Gia's. It's on my to-try list and some people rave about it.

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      Cafe Gia
      410 S High St, Baltimore, MD 21202

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      1. re: ronandaim

        Cafe Gia's was good. I had the Osso Buco special, and it was delicious. Service was not good; I think after we ordered our garlic bread app and entrees our server forgot about us until I caught her eye and then she brought our app and had our meals delivered 30 seconds later. After our meal, my friends ordered dessert and I ordered a glass of prosecco which was never delivered. But the food was good.

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        Cafe Gia
        410 S High St, Baltimore, MD 21202

        Gia's Cafe
        410 S High St, Baltimore, MD 21202

          1. re: ronandaim

            I would definitely go back. I might want to try some other places in the area first, but if someone suggested Cafe Gia's I wouldn't have a problem with that.

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            Cafe Gia
            410 S High St, Baltimore, MD 21202

      2. A couple of months ago, my wife and I had a dinner at Caesar's Den, and it was pretty good, although if you venture from the standard pasta dishes (which are under $20), it gets a little expensive. But then, I had wine, dessert, and a glass of grappa.

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        Caesar's Den
        223 S High Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

        1. Cafe Piedigrotta. Only for breakfast and lunch, unless by special arrangement for dinner. Very haimish, if I may use a Yiddish word to describe an Italian restaurant.

          1. Isabella's! Just a couple of tables, you pick up your food at the counter, but the pizzas and sandwiches are excellent. No pastas, just sandwiches and salads, but it's really, really good.

            http://isabellasbrickoven.net