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Jan 3, 2014 07:20 AM

Sunday Lunch in Little Italy (Baltimore)?

Haven't been there in years if not decades, but this might fit nicely into our weekend plans. What's currently good?

We realize that many places are more "Italian-American" than true Italian, but if there's a first-rate reasonably authentic Northern Italian (Piemonte or Emiglia-Romagna) that would be terrific. Otherwise, whatever's good.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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    1. re: GianniB

      Avoid Little Italy or pay through the nose for very ordinary food. Try Grano Emporio in Hampden instead

      1. Cafe Piedigrotta for a very down-home brunch or lunch. Excellent pastries also. I would not call ir Northern, though.

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        1. re: lawhound

          I was in Piedigrotta last week to pick up some pastries to bring back to VA. The lunch offerings -- mushroom ravioli, etc. looked quite good.

        2. Many thanks to all responders. We went to La Tavola. Surroundings were pleasant, service was excellent, fresh pasta dishes were interesting and tasty. They were, however, both very large and very, very rich.

          This was due in significant part to the drowning of the pasta in an overwhelming quantity of sauce. I might go back, but would consider asking for the sauce to be served separately and the fresh pasta served on a plate deep enough to let me do the tossing.

          The Italian wine selections weren't cheap, but were very well selected and we thought fairly priced for the quality (under US restaurant mark-up standards, anyway). We had a nice 2009 Seghesio Barbera d'Alba "Panjana" for $48, and noticed a Bertani Valpolicella Ripasso (vintage unspecified on thelist) for the same price.