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October 22, 2009

Crime in Little Italy, pumpkins and pizza



There are so many restaurant- or blog-related things I want to link to in today's paper I hardly know where to begin.

I'll start with the story by Peter Hermann about a meeting called by the owner of Cafe Gia in Little Italy. I know some residents of the neighborhood are upset about the goings on at and outside Mo's because they've written me about their concerns. It sounds like Gia Blatterman is, too. ...

Then click here to go to Susan Reimer's blog post on the Great Canned Pumpkin Shortage, which also has info on what's in those cans of pumpkin. If you're concerned about more than just pies, you might want to read her story on the pumpkin shortage.

Other Reviewer Richard reviewed Coal Fire Pizza in Ellicott City today, and as often, his review contained a line that made me laugh out loud. He tell us about "...the Coal Fire signature sauce, which is described as a 'perfect blend of two distinct tastes: sweetness & spice.' And I just hated it."

On the whole, though, he seemed to like the place a lot. And that pizza is looking pretty good right now.

(Algerina Perna/Sun photographer)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 11:34 AM | | Comments (6)


Mt. Washington Village has 5 great restaurants and another one coming, all very different. A small neighborhood but great food. I would suggest a night in the village to partake of all the great food.

It is funny that you note Richard's review of Coal Fire shortly after the angry letter writer. Shipleys Grant fall into the gray area of Howard county geography that has an Ellicott City zip code but is closer to Columbia than Ellicott City.

The Cockeysville Walmart was stocked with canned pumpkin today.

carol, you're dead on there. I used to live in the condos next door to Shipley's Grant. My address was in Ellicott City, but when people asked where I lived I'd tell them Columbia.

To clarify, Peter refers to Giovanna running the meeting; Gia runs the restaurant.

Thanks. EL

Is there any word on where in Gaithersburg the new Coal Fire will be located?

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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