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Dinner in Baltimore's Little Italy?

gateway girl Mar 29, 2013 09:17 PM

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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    dining with doc RE: gateway girl Mar 30, 2013 02:51 PM

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

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    1. re: dining with doc
      melpy RE: dining with doc Apr 2, 2013 08:09 AM

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

    2. melpy RE: gateway girl Apr 2, 2013 08:11 AM

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

      1. curioussheridan RE: gateway girl Apr 2, 2013 10:16 AM

        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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          melpy RE: curioussheridan Apr 2, 2013 10:31 AM

          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
          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
            charmedgirl RE: curioussheridan Apr 2, 2013 10:42 AM

            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.

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