Wide Range of Styles, Flavors and Prices on Baltimore's Italian Scene

Italian food means something different to each person. In the Baltimore metro area, we have a wide variety of Italian fare to fit different moods, price points, styles and neighborhoods.

Charmingly, the vast percentage of the best of the best places have been family-owned for decades. Family is an integral concept to most Italians and to that end, sometimes there's nothing like being at home. But if you're not Italian or can't/won't cook, restaurants like Pizza John's and Trinacria Cafe have just enough house-made treats to help you fake it at your next get-together.

And, because Baltimore has its own delicious cuisine, it only makes sense that several of our Italian restaurants have a local flavor: places like Scoozi use farm-fresh local artisan cheeses on their charcuterie plates. Giovanni's has their own special recipes using local seafood.

For those jet-setter types, the latest in cooking tends, the finest of global gourmet ingredients that remind one of vacations in Italy's hot dining spots, such as Baltimore's Aldo's – located in the heart of the city's Little Italy neighborhood – is sure to meet the highest expectations. With exquisite touches like foie gras, Italian white peach puree for authentic Bellini drinks as served at Harry's Bar in Venice and professional servers in dinner jackets, you'll feel pampered without pretension or stuffiness.

Pizza John's
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Family-owned Pizza John's has been a favorite place to order pizza and pasta for the folks of eastern Baltimore County for just about 50 years now and it's easy to see why. Their operation is as heavily staffed and tightly run as a battleship...  Read More

Trinacria Cafe
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Steps away from Baltimore's cultural district is the new cafe expression of Trinacria Italian Deli & Grocery – a 100 year old family-owned business. It's open 8 am to 8 pm every day, even selling wine. It's hard to find a 7 day package goods...  Read More



Hearty, classic food with generous portions has made Sabatino's popular for decades. Probably no matter what you order, you're taking home some for a great meal the next day. They open for lunch (with terrific specials), which not many Italian...  Read More

Grano Pasta Bar
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A space like this 50 years ago might have been used for a dark little corner bar. The menu here is short and sweet . . . the portions are too: European style. The place is BYOB, but that's not a problem, with a fine liquor store about a block...  Read More

Fazzini's Taverna
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There's a certain magic when the ambiance is spacious yet warm and the cuisine is delicious. And still, Fazzini's is come as you are and right in the heart of suburbia!

Now that they're a taverna, a bar team has made a list of house...  Read More

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Giovanni's marries local favorite flavors with an Italian home-style menu. A deep green, grassy olive oil is set on the table for dipping: very authentic.

Seafood bisque has a delicate shrimp and lobster base, with Old Bay and lots of fresh...  Read More

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Baltimore's Radisson Cross Keys has a new, exciting trattoria-style restaurant: Scoozi.

On Tuesdays, from 5pm- 7pm, there's a dine-in ½ price pizza special. Especially recommended is the stone-hearth baked Kennet Square (sic) pizza with local...  Read More

East Baltimore
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It's fitting that this Harbor East restaurant is named for the Italian word for "wild boar": it's one of the city's finest places to find nose-to-tail cuisine and wild game, done Northern and Piedmont Italian style.

You'll trust Chef Julian...  Read More

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Aldo's is considered by far and away the most gourmet restaurant in Baltimore's Little Italy. Family owned, Chef and son Sergio Vitale is a true foodie. He travels the world, checks out different restaurants, sources the very best in meats and...  Read More