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April 8, 2010

Little Italy's loss: no Olive Garden

Little Italy restaurantMaybe Olive Garden in Tuscany is crazy but true.

But Olive Garden in Baltimore's Little Italy? Turns out that's crazy and untrue.

A Dining@Large reader asked me yesterday to look into rumors that the restaurant chain was coming to that part of Charm City.

I contacted Colleen Hart, who does PR for Olive Garden. She checked into it and reported back: "I confirmed with Olive Garden that there are no new expansion plans, as of now, for the restaurant in the Baltimore area."


Not the next Olive Garden. Sun photo by Algerina Perna

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 5:21 AM | | Comments (8)


There is a God after all.

That is good news.

Thanks for looking into this, LV.

Wrong photo, I think -- BankStreet mentioned the former Vellegia's location, but that looks like the old Boccaccio location.

Now there's a protest I would've liked to have seen from the Little Italy community organization.

Considering the decline in quality of some of the restaurants in Little Italy, they might not like the competition that Olive Garden would bring.


You are right, of course, but I just figured LV was using what she had in terms of vacant LT venues...any of which could be an OG, I guess.

You're wrong, BankStreet - there's only ONE OG.

I stand corrected.

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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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