Baltimore's Little Italy Dining Guide

Sabatino's
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Baltimore's Little Italy is a small neighborhood packed with delicious family-run restaurants. Located just a few blocks from the bustling Inner Harbor, Little Italy feels a world away. Cuisine from every region of Italy is served in restaurants ranging from casual to super-snazzy. One thing that connects them all: an appreciation for the glory of Italian food.

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    306 S. High St.
    410-727-0700
    Dinner entrees: $19-$45

    Dine in a luxurious palazzo-like setting enjoying dishes made with organic and often local ingredients. While Aldo's describes its offerings as "southern-influenced regional Italian cuisine," look for a lot more than pasta doused red sauce. The house's signature dish is foie gras-wrapped tournedos Rossini with wild mushroom sauce.

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    231 S. High St.
    410-528-1096
    Dinner entrees: $14-$19

    In a Little Italy filled with expensive-ish, fancy restaurants, Amicci's is a more casual oasis of affordability. Great for families, it has an extensive menu of tasty Italian classics, including fantastic shrimp scampi. The restaurant also has a full bar that's more than just a place to wait for your table. It offers a full menu every day and late-night.

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    Cafe Gia

    410 S. High St.
    410-685-6727
    Entrees: $16-$23

    A relative newcomer to the neighborhood, Cafe Gia is a Sicilian bistro whose family owners have lived in Little Italy for four generations.

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    237 S. High St.
    410-837-0309
    Entrees: $16-$25

    One of the neighborhood's legendary staples, eating at Chiapparelli's is like visiting your (Italian) grandma's dining room for dinner. Start with the absolutely delicious Caesar salad, then choose from any of the Italian classics, all prepared with the same love and passion grandma pours into her cooking. Chiapparelli's upstairs rooms are great spots for private parties.

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    236 S. High St.
    410-685-7733
    Entrees: $18-$28

    This restaurant has been family-owned for 18 years and serves Northern and Southern Italian cuisine. The menu features beef, tender veal, fresh seafood, chicken, pasta, and vegetables.

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    829 Eastern Ave.
    410-539-1965
    Dinner entrees: $16-$28

    Light on the sauces heavy on the decor, Dalesio's offers California-influenced Italian fare in a Victorian-style dining.

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    217 S. High St.
    410-727-6876
    Dinner entrees: $20-$35

    A gigantic broiled veal chop is this family-run eatery's signature dish. But you'll also find plenty of traditional pasta dishes including fettucine Alfredo, spaghetti Bolognese, linguine alla carbonara, and eggplant Parmigiana.

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    Germano's Piattini

    300 South High St.
    410-752-4515
    Entrees: $11-$28

    Experience a little slice of Tuscan life at this restaurant with three spacious dining rooms. The decor and the cuisine all hail from Tuscany. Try the grilled flatbread drizzled in extra virgin olive oil and rubbed with garlic, topped with fresh tomatoes and fagioli. Or if your feeling adventurous order from the extensive selection of grappa. Thursday night the restaurant features a cabaret.

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    Little India

    411 S. High St.
    410-385-4900
    Entrees: $12-$20

    A family-run, Indian restaurant in the heart of Little Italy that serves honest, straight-forward authentic food.
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    Isabella's

    221 S. High St.
    410-962-8888

    This small carry-out joint serves some of the best pizza and brick oven subs in Baltimore.

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    1012 Eastern Ave.
    410-783-9209
    Dinner entrees: $15-$28

    Traditional Italian cuisine and innovative specialties. Try the grilled Caesar salad and some of the delicious homemade cannolis.

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    248 Albemarle St.
    410 685-1859
    Dinner entrees: $14-$22

    A more moderately-priced option, La Tavola always has great specials, which are posted at 4 p.m. daily. Homemade pasta dishes and fresh seafood are the house specialties but the veal is worth a try too. Save room for dessert, which is also made in-house.

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    901 Fawn St.
    410-727-9414
    Dinner entrees: $13-$28

    One of Little Italy's most famous restaurants, Sabatino's has been serving Baltimore for more than 50 years. Its tradition Italian cuisine is not fancy but its hearty and comes in large portions. Its heavy-on-the-garlic dressing makes its house salad an ever-popular choice.

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    222 Albemarle St.
    410-685-4905

    Legendary cannolis and Italian pastries in the heart of Little Italy.