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April 4, 2010

Brunch -- or is it lupper? -- at Milan

MilanHere it is, Easter morning, the perfect time for new beginnings. The restaurant/lounge Milan has picked this day to start offering brunch.

"Milan, the new Italian/Mediterranean restaurant on the edge of Little Italy and Harbor East, has announced that it will be offering brunch service on Sundays beginning April 4, Easter Sunday," reads the announcement. "Brunch will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include an à la carte menu prepared by Executive Chef Stephen Carey."

I'm not sure what the menu is -- it didn't appear to be posted yet online -- but I have to say I'm amused by the idea of brunch as late as 3 p.m.

Maybe three in the afternoon feels like the crack of dawn to Milan's late-night lounge crowd, whom Little Italy residents complained about last week to the Baltimore Liquor Board.  

To me, a meal at that hour isn't a cross between breakfast and lunch. It's more like lunch and supper. Call it lupper. Or the early-bird special.

If the loungers and the early birds start crossing paths in Little Italy in the late afternoon, who knows? Maybe they can work out their differences.


Chef Stephen Carey with grilled swordfish, cannellini beans, asparagus, butternut squash, mushrooms and herbs. Sun photo by Algerina Perna

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 6:04 AM | | Comments (17)


"If the loungers and the early birds start crossing paths in Little Italy in the late afternoon, who knows? Maybe they can work out their differences."

No. Management has already pretty clearly shown their attitude toward anyone not their late night customers. Nothing short of total change in focus to being a restaurant -with the same hours as every other one in the neighborhood- will suffice now. Little Italy is on the warpath.

Well I know of several restaurants hat used to offer brunch until 3 PM, Regi's come to mind immediately but that was before Alan M. took over proprietorship, I'm not sure if that's changed, But when it was offered there, it was always busy, even after 3 people would come in inquiring. Hmmmmmmmmmmm. Maybe not so unusual after all?

Just to let you all know about the bottle service for the brunch. $500 scores you a bottle of the Dom and your choice of mixers, either Sunny D or Monster Energy Drinks.

Oh yea and don't forget about the discounts. With it being Easter, anyone wearing a large crucifix gets 10% off. (Sufficient crucifix size to be determined by management) And of course, always want to support the troops. So anyone with dog tags, irregardless of origin or authenticity, gets 15% off.

Lots of restaurant controversy going on these days. If what the Little Italy posters said about being sandbagged by Milan's management is accurate (and their outrage makes it seem so,) I'll bypass Milan just on general principles. Might be the only way to make them more neighborly. Meanwhile, Timothy Dean's Prime -- its ownership confusion and choice beef notwithstanding -- got a largely rave review from Richard Gorelick this AM. Got a hunch that Dean is a far better chef than a businessman. But that's true of a lot of creative folk.

But, MAG, what happened to the assertions that TD would NOT be in the kitchen? Still murky.

Slow day here at the blog...

but Happy Easter and Happy Passover!

Happy Easter, Happy Passover to everyone who reads D@L.

Now after a big brunch (at noon) and a big dinner, and chocolate bunnies and easter eggs, I don't want to even think about food.

duh...brunch is served until the dinner menu starts- it replaces breakfast and lunch...get it? You should get out more.

What about brupper? You know, breakfast for supper. Yesterday I made brupper for me and Jesus (the pool boy). How nice of him to return on Easter.

on the edge of Little Italy and Harbor East

Geography FAIL

Milan - Easter Brunch - UMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM. Let's see.... Jesus is coming, everybody look busy and act like a restaurant !!! If it looks like a duck, waddles like a duck, quacks like a duck! DUH ! IT"S A DUCK ! (pardon the easter pun) MILAN THE CLUUUUUUUUUUUBBBBBBBB!

I think we should start referring to it here as "CLUB MILAN" and never anything else.

I thought it Club Milan.


Club Milan? Now that's just unfair. They said it is a restaurant and let's just leave it at that. If they're not promoting it as a club, then it's not a club.

For example, their Facebook page that was created around February 1 says "Milan Baltimore - Club" 649 fans. Oops. They do have another page created more recently called "Milan - Restaurant/Cafe" 528 fans.

The peeps have spoken


You people really seem to be a overwhelmed about something different. I think most of you especially the one's who make jokes about Jesus need to go and ask for forgiveness and pray and support these people. They are starting a business in this hard ecomomy just as well as most people are looking for work. Just appreciate the fact that people are employed and you are not paying your tax dollars on unemployment. Love and Peace.

"you people"?

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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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