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Dinner in Baltimore's Little Italy?

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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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      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
          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.

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            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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