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Dinner in Baltimore's Little Italy?

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We are meeting friends in Baltimore for dinner on a Saturday night and I have fond memories of delicious meals in Little Italy? Can anyone recommend any restaurants and possibly an Italian pastry shop where we could go for dessert.? Thanks.

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  1. obvious choice is Vaccaro's for pastry, gelato, dessert

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    1. re: dining with doc

      Hands down Vaccarro's. New Yorkers have said they have the best cannoli on the East Coast.

    2. How much would you want to spend? What sort of meal are you looking for? Pastas, secondi, a great salad, pizzas?

      1. Not a great food destination. Though overpriced, Aldo's is good. Avoid Germano's, Mo's and Ciao Bella. Pedigrotta, though not as fun, has better patries than Vaccaro's

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        1. re: curioussheridan

          Vaccarro's tends to shine in cookies, gelato, and above all Cannoli. Pastry has never been much of a draw.

          Agree about Aldo's. it is my father's favorite restaurant. Da Mimmo's has a couple o good dishes. We used to go to Sabatino's for a appetizers and a bookmaker salad only.

          Aldo's menu recommendations:
          Crab cocktail
          Escargots
          Caprese salad
          Beet salad
          Spinach salad
          Pasta with clams
          Wild boar pasta (special)
          Orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe
          Lobster fettucine (my mother loves it, not as flavorful a I would like YMMV)
          Porcini Agnollotti (the best)
          Osso bucco
          Veal francese
          Veal milanese(pretty much te only thing I order)

          The fish specials are ok. The gnocchi special and eggplant parmesan tower are to die for.

          The do a beautiful cream limoncello that is homemade.

          1. re: curioussheridan

            Piedigrotta has better everything than Vaccaro's (including cookies, gelato and cannoli) ... except for the things Vaccaro's has that Piedigrotta does not, like cake by the slice or colossal sundaes.