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October 26, 2010

Memories of Little Italy

italyA 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.

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 12:19 PM | | Comments (3)


No relation to this post specifically, but:

I want to compliment you on some real quality D@L entries over your first few weeks. And even though some (like this one) have few--if any--comments, don't be discouraged. I'm sure there are many lurkers like myself that are enjoying the frequent, stimulating posts. Keep it up.

thank you, that's a nice message to wake up to

And former lurkers that have decided to join the party after a couple of years - like me!

Heard a vaguely food related Al-Capone-in-Baltimore story. I don't know if it has even a grain of truth, but... The story goes that his family rented a house on Pimlico Road in Mount Washington while he was being treated at Union Memorial. A young student at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart School was selling candy bars door-to-door to raise money for the school. The door at the Capone residence was opened by several large, intimidating men, but the upshot was the child went on her way with several hundred dollars. :)

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You are reading the archives. For updated blog posts about the Maryland food scene, see Richard Gorelick's new Baltimore Diner blog.
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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