Memories of Little Italy
A sweetly illustrated new book arrived on the Antipasto Desk, America's Little Italys: Recipes & Traditions from Coast to Coast. Its author, Sheryl Bellman, devotes about half of the book's geography to the Little Italy neighborhoods in Manhattan and the Bronx, but there are a few pages on Baltimore's Little Italy.
Sabatino's is singled out, and the Baltimore section kicks off with this image of a menu cover from the legendary Maria's 300. Al Capone was said to be devoted to Maria's garlic bread, and H.L. Mencken would come here for a Thanksgiving Day spaghetti dinner in his bachelor days.