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inner harbor- little italy

going to yankee game end of month, have been to sabatinos and la scala, both good, any other suggestions ? how is chiapparllis ? been to alot of places there, but one guy in our party doesnt eat seafood.

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  1. Any chance I can talk you out of Little Italy?

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        1. re: donnajoos

          Rowhouse grille is an unassuming little bar, but I've had a couple of surprisingly great meals there.

      1. I've been to a couple in little italy in baltimore, not impressed. Especially if you are a Yankees fan coming from NY like me....ha ha. There are some good inner harbor threads here if you dig around....for mine, this is my fave when I'm in town for lunch:

        http://www.attmansdeli.com/

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        1. re: gbandu

          I love Attman's and if lunch is in the mix I give it a hearty 2nd, but I think the OP is looking for dinner. I kind of like Baltimore's Little Italy, precisely for it's staid qualities. you can imagine Frank is still playing Vegas and Italian food is considered exotic or "ethnic".

          1. re: hill food

            If I want to pretend Frank is still playing Vegas I'll go to The Prime Rib, where at least the food matches the prices.

              1. re: hill food

                I should add that my suggestion is not likely to be of much help to the OP, since appropriate dress for a baseball game and dinner at Prime Rib are vastly different.

            1. re: hill food

              I know exactly what you mean. The neighborhood is pretty, I have all these nostalgic memories of my sister's birthdays, and I love Italian food. I just keep thinking, surely, this time the food will taste good! Or at least average, and the ambiance will make up for it. But yeah, no. I think Aldo's is okay, but you like to have better than okay if you're going to spend a couple hundred dollars on dinner.

              1. re: jvanderh

                The last time I ate dinner at Ciao Bella it was mediocre to borderline bad.

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                Ciao Bella
                236 S. High Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

              2. re: hill food

                dont send a new yorker to attmans. our jewish deli food doesnt compare to New York

                1. re: dining with doc

                  I beg to differ, Attman's is excellent and just as good as the deli I have had in Manhattan.

                  1. re: hon

                    I love attmans, my grandfather was a deli man there, but there is no comparison to Carnegie , stage, katz's or Harold's in edison,nj. Sorry, great for Baltimore, better than anything in DC but not what I would rec to a new yorker

                    1. re: dining with doc

                      I'm with hon. I would choose Attmans over any NYC deli for my last meal. You wanna talk New York superiority in pizza, bagels, or smug shortstops I'll grudgingly agree. But Attmans ranks with the best of them.

                      1. re: JonParker

                        Thirded! Plus, Attman's has some interesting local touches like coddies and grilled bologna wrapped kosher hot dogs.

                  2. re: dining with doc

                    I don't think I've ever eaten in a NY deli, but I found Attman's underwhelming.

                2. re: gbandu

                  that sounds good for lunch, i would imagine they have seating, bar or beer and wine. we have a day and night game, that would work for the night game

                  1. re: donnajoos

                    Attman's service is at a counter, but through an internal door into the adjoining storefront is the Kibbitz Room with tables.

                    1. re: donnajoos

                      I'm another Attman's fan, but you should be aware that they close around 6:30 pm or so. (Although that might not be a huge problem should you want to be in your seat at 7:05 or whenever the game starts....)

                      1. re: baltoellen

                        You could also get it to go and take it into the game with you.

                          1. re: JonParker

                            now thats an idea, getting sick of stadium food

                    2. Though not in Little Italy, we had an excellent meal at Cinghiale last night.

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                      Cinghiale
                      822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

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                      1. re: ForFoodsSake

                        We agree about Cinghiale - have eaten there twice & it was excellent both times.

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                        Cinghiale
                        822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

                        1. re: mbooth

                          that is sounding better to me, chazz didnt have very good reviews, what about chiaperellis ? also, what do you think about de pasquales for a quick, good lunch. they seem like its good old italian fare. i. myself, is irish, but i must please my italian, non seafooder friend. also likes steak

                          1. re: donnajoos

                            DiPasquales is excellent, though not in Little Italy -- a mile or so to the east.

                            1. re: lawhound

                              thanks, that will have to be for lunch, weather my italian friend goes or not, been looking forward to it since seeing in on diners, drive inns, and dives

                      2. After a Yankees game and in/near LIttle Italy? Chazz Palminteri's weird new Bronx-themed restaurant? It's not overly formal and the pizzas are good. Plus it seems like it's themed to your visit. (The chef and co-owner is the same as Aldo's)

                        http://www.chazzbronxoriginal.com/

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                        1. re: kukubura

                          now that sounds good, my friends would love it, good food ? the menu is not available on the website

                          1. re: donnajoos

                            and should the Yankees stomp the Orioles a good place to retreat and celebrate w/o pissing off the locals.

                            1. re: hill food

                              i think the locals areused to it by now no??? but, how is the food ?

                              1. re: donnajoos

                                well I WAS trying to be nice about it... (sorry no idea of the food)

                          2. re: kukubura

                            kuku - that sounds like the perfect venue for aYankees fan and if Chazz can cook like he can act the food might be decent! Thanks for the lead - I will check it out next trip up for sure.

                            1. re: gbandu

                              The food is solid (think outer borough red sauce) with some really nice ingredients. They bring a lot of their ingredients in from Italy. There's a big coal-fired pizza oven (you can sit at a "bar" in front of the oven) that was at least turning out lovely pies when we were there. (I read some people complaining about the pizzas, but the place is new. They're probably still working out the kinks.) There are some nice pasta dishes, a big juicy meatball, and even a spicy tripe in tomato sauce dish that was really good, if you like tripe. The only thing that we had that we didn't like was an artichoke side that was way out of balance. But overall we liked it. It's not innovative and, like I said it's weird (with the whole Chazz angle) but it could be worth a shot. At least it would make a good story.

                              Here are some pics of the food: http://www.urbanitebaltimore.com/balt...

                          3. I have always enjoyed my meals at Gia's Cafe in Little Italy!!
                            http://www.cafegias.com/

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

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                            1. re: Hue

                              I second Gia's. Three of us had a great meal there.

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