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Homemade pasta, sausage, food shops in Little Italy, Baltimore

laurelgirl Aug 9, 2012 10:40 AM

Hi, I will be traveling to Little Italy, Baltimore with a bus tour next weekend (Aug 18-19). It will be my first time there. I would like to know if there are any Italian food stores there that would sell authentic Italian pastas, sausages, cheeses and such that I could take home with me. I plan to bring a cooler.

Also, at least the name of
one good restaurant and any specialty stores that should not be missed. Thank you so much.

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    laurelgirl Aug 31, 2012 02:13 PM

    Had a great time at the Italian festival and thoroughly enjoyed the inner harbor. Casa di Pasta - very nice pasta, recommend the pear, gorgonzola raviola. Piedigrotta was excellent. Brought home panetonne and a fresh peach cake/pie (it had a crust but also had sponge cake inside.) It was wonderful. Served it for dessert at a dinner party once home with fresh raspberry sauce. I did go to Vaccaro's. Excellent pine nut cookies there.
    Had an A++++dinner at La Tavola. Wonderful food, superb service, good wines. Lovely. Thanks to everyone for the suggestions.

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    1. re: laurelgirl
      lrebetsky0423 Sep 1, 2012 12:38 AM

      Next time you go to Vacarro's try the almond slice cookies. Cake-like and filled with amaretto flavor! O.M.G. FOODGASM!!!!

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      laurelgirl Aug 15, 2012 02:04 PM

      Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. I have looked at the websites and made note of the recommendations. We leave Friday. I am really looking forward to trying the places suggested. Thank you.

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      1. re: laurelgirl
        lrebetsky0423 Aug 31, 2012 12:51 PM

        I can't believe no one mentioned Vaccaro's!

        1. re: lrebetsky0423
          JonParker Sep 1, 2012 07:24 AM

          Piedagrotta is better than Vaccaro's by a wide margin.

          1. re: JonParker
            bmorecupcake Sep 3, 2012 07:00 PM

            I definitely prefer Piedagrotta, but Vaccaro's does have the advantage of higher turnover.

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        hon Aug 15, 2012 08:13 AM

        None are near Little Italy:
        Di Pasquales

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        1. re: hon
          eruby Aug 15, 2012 11:58 AM

          Another vote for Trinacria!

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          bmorecupcake Aug 13, 2012 02:50 AM

          Isabella's is a quaint little shop with above average offerings.


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            Vidute Aug 10, 2012 12:49 AM

            Yes, Tinacria is a great shop, however, it is located about two miles west of LIttle Italy. Di Pasquale's is about 2.5 miles east of Little Italy.

            If you're up to trying some homemade smoked Polish/Russian/Ukranian sausages, Krakus Deli is about a half of a mile east of LIttle Italy.

            For fresh and dry cured kielbasa and other sausages, Ostrwoski's on Washington Street is and old Baltimore tradition. It's located a few blocks east of Krakus Deli.

            524 South Washington Street Baltimore, MD 21231
            (410) 327-8935

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              zebcook Aug 9, 2012 06:22 PM

              Casa di Pasta in Little Italy makes fresh pastas and raviolis, along with sauces. Trinacria, as already mentioned, is good Italian deli/grocery. It's generally stronger on groceries and wines while Di Pasquale's in Highlandtown has a bigger array of deli items and cheeses. Neither is in Little Italy though.

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                DSattler Aug 9, 2012 12:33 PM

                Trinacria, great Italian deli and grocery store, 100+ years old.


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                1. re: DSattler
                  Hal Laurent Aug 14, 2012 04:09 PM

                  Trinacria is not in Little Italy (or even close).

                  1. re: Hal Laurent
                    JonParker Aug 15, 2012 07:50 AM

                    Sadly, or ironically (take your pick) the best Italian delis in Baltimore are nowhere near Little Italy. Trinacria (best choice) or Dipaquale's are not in Little Italy, but they are by far the best places in Bawlmer. Isabella's is by far the best Italian joint in Little Italy, but I can't speak to their carryout options.

                2. Bob W Aug 9, 2012 11:15 AM

                  Piedigrotta Bakery should definitely be on your list.


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