The best way to capture a wild, rampaging meal is to hook it with a gigantic pasta lasso. Test your roping arm with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $35 worth of Italian dinner cuisine and drinks at Chiapparelli's Restaurant.
Chiapparelli’s is an award-winning Little Italy mainstay known for its saucy bowls, acclaimed house salad, and generational legacy. Start your evening dining experience, with antipasti such as fried provolone with homemade tomato sauce ($6), freshly baked clams crested with bacon and bread crumbs ($9), or gently fried calamari fritti dipped in marinara sauce ($8). Homemade pasta dishes all include the restaurant's famed house salad and freshbaked golden loaves. Vegetarians can veer toward the drooling gnocchi, delicate food purses filled with Italian cheeses and served with creamy parmigiano and tomato sauce ($17), or the besto pesto, a creamy conglomerate of pine nuts, parmesan, and basil pesto available un-meated ($17), or with chicken ($19) or shrimp ($24). Chiapparelli's serves six veal dishes and a variety of sea-meat selections, including seafood ravioli ($26) and shrimp serio primavera, drenched in a creamy pink sauce with fettuccine ($25). A children's menu features little-people pleasers, such as chicken fingers and spaghetti and meatballs ($8 each, including beverage).
Plan a romantic date at the quaint brick-walled eatery where white tablecloths convey dinner-party fancery. Or, wrangle your best buds and post up at the old-fashioned, glossy bar for a glass of wine after a particularly bromantic meal.
- Southern Italian dishes in red sauce are the trademark at this longtime favorite, but do try Grandma's ravioli stuffed with spinach and ricotta. Pizzas and panini are on the lunch menu, but dinner is the main event, when veal is the star. You'll also find tasty chicken dishes and many classics such as pescatore Christopher and shrimp parmigiana. – Frommer's
- Chiapparelli's legendary Italian house salad. Tangy, creamy, and predominantly cheesy, this crisp salad is worth the trip. The generous portions of the Chiapparelli's very traditional house specialties are satisfying as well. – Baltimore City Paper
Chiapparelli's first opened its doors to Baltimore's Little Italy in 1942, regaling diners with a tradition-inspired approach to Old-World cuisine that the founding family's present generations continue to embrace. The chefs simmer pots of ripe tomatoes, onions, and herbs to craft marinara sauce and deftly form meatballs and ravioli by hand. By incorporating steamed clams, lump crabmeat, and fresh kraken, they allow the mid-Atlantic region's maritime ingredients to influence the menu's iconic, transatlantic flavors. In recognition of the family's commitment to hearty and nostalgic Italian cuisine, Zagat praised the menus of both the Little Italy and Havre de Grace locations, rating them each as "very good to excellent."