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May 3, 2011

Pazza Luna closed, for now

rossisThis message is on the Pazza Luna Facebook page. It also went out on Twitter.

Dear customers of Pazza Luna:

Goodbye and thank you. Chef Davide and Christa Rossi are no longer affiliated with Pazza Luna. We recommend calling the restaurant before coming. There are no more Monday pasta nights at this time.

The Rossis thank you for your support, loyalty and friendship and wish everyone well.

I always get something wrong when I write about the history of Pazza Luna, the Locust Point restaurant that Kim Acton open in 1999. I referred to the Rossis once as the owners of Pazza Luna, but they weren't. Who knows who owns what - Louis B. Mayer didn't actually own MGM, he was just paid to run it.

So, I'll hold off now until I get some more details.
Baltimore Sun photo/Gene Sweeney, Jr.





Posted by Richard Gorelick at 9:52 AM | | Comments (12)


Christa and Davide made that place what it is today and had it back to the popularity that it achieved when Kim was the owner. Very unfortunate news that they are no longer associated with the restaurant.

I totally agree with anonymous. Christa and Davide brought a gem back to our neighborhood. There is a lot of negative community sentiment about how this happened, and my guess is that now Pazza Luna will never again have the chance to be the best Italian restaurant in Baltimore as it was under Kim and then Christa and Davide. We can only hope that Christa and Davide will find another local venue to offer their wonderful food and company, because we certainly won't be frequenting Pazza Luna anymore!

That's pretty shocking considering I was just there Saturday night and there was no sign from the staff or christa and David. They were even out on the floor talking to guests who were obviously happy with their experience and they weren't giving any indication even close to this news. Very eeeenteresting

What gives?

Just when we thought that Pazza Luna was returning to the Kim Acton days after a bleak period. So sorry to receive the e-mail this week. Best to Davide and Crista they worked hard.

I am heart-sick. Not only was Pazza Luna my favorite restaurant but I considered Davide, Christa and the entire staff my friends. If I knew I was going to Pazza Luna that evening (at least once a week), I couldn't wait to sit at the bar and sip a great glass of wine then enjoy a fabulous meal. And to the group of men who own the business, you will no longer get my patronage. This is not an honorable way to conduct business. Stick to being lawyers, you're not restaurantuers.

This makes me SO sad... I am buying a house 1 block from Pazza Luna and was planning to visit weekly. Christa and Davide were wonderful. They shared limoncello with us during last year's blizzard. Does anyone have an update on what happened and what will happen next??? This is a huge loss for the neighborhood.

My friend spoke with Christa and she tells her they will re-open in June!

I've been hearing that too. Wish I could confirm it with the Rossis.

There's talk that the current owners of Birches are moving to Vermont. Several of us Cantonites think that would be a perfect spot for Christa and Davide to open a good, inexpensive Italian restaurant that is off Canton Square and more affordable than LIttle Italy. They are guarantted to get as many loyal local customers from this neighborhood as they had in Locust Point. Let's hope they seriously consider this!

I am so saddened to hear this news. My fiance and I love Pazza Luna and Birches! We go to both quite frequently and love not only the food, but the feeling that you've found some hidden gems in these communities. It's nice to not dine on the square or S. Charles Street every now and then and Pazza Luna especially made us feel so welcome every time we dined there.

fyi: nothing confirmed yet about Birches

Very sad about this. One of my favorites I wonder if the $100 gift certificate that was given to me as a gift from my friend Joanne is worthless now? Anybody know?

Do you know if there is any truth to the rumors Christa and Davide will be back at Pazza Luna in mid-june? Or where they are going if not?

This is devastating :( That's my favorite restaurant!

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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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