Whether seated on a patio overlooking stretches of grass or within a cozy dining room aglow with hanging lights, guests at Donna’s are treated to an array of tasty, upscale American dishes. The menu boasts a selection that changes weekly and may include quinoa and homemade falafel, five-spice ribs, salmon on cold noodles, or homemade tacos. From the expansive wine lists, guests select a glass of dry sparkling prosecco to pair with pizza or calamari or sip a seasonal cocktail such as the pineapple caipirinha. In addition to crafting delicious meals, the team at Donna’s offers cooking classes, during which they bake rustic breads, make pastas by hand, and quiet the melodramatic death throes of Italian vegetables.
Let’s be honest, if a restaurant isn’t beautiful on the outside, it’s in our nature to doubt how good it is on the inside. Look no further and doubt no more! Maxie’s Pizza Bar Grille has a beautiful exterior that is simply the beginning of very tastefully done décor. With dining options outside and in, as well as at the bar, diners have a few great options about where they eat and how their environment interacts with them. The big draw of Maxie’s isn’t just the building, though. Maxie’s Pizza Bar Grille offers great pizzas—either the whole pizza or by the slice—and loaded down with toppings! Diners can also get some great wraps, pastas, sandwiches and salads here, along with a large selection of entrees at dinner! If you’re in Charles Village and in the mood for Italian, check out Maxie’s!
Your family will love La Famiglia. This is some of the finest Italian cuisine you’ll find in all of Baltimore. Dino Zeytinoglu, the owner and manager, used to be the General Manager at Boccacio's, which was one of Baltimore’s most prestigious restaurants before it closed in 2008. Right after Boccacio's closed, Zeytinoglu channeled his talents into opening a new restaurant: La Famiglia. He also brought over a couple other member of Boccacio's that made that previous restaurant so great: Joe Bastianelli, an expert in soups and sauces, and Bert Quinn, a friendly bartender who makes all patrons feel welcome with his natural gregariousness. All the dishes here are excellent, but the one that stands out as a particular favorite has to be shrimp and scallops.
This quaint, cozy restaurant has a simple formula for a fantastic meal. First, you’ll choose from one of the ten specialty Grano sauces. Try the Calamari Vesuvio, which is a zesty stew of fresh calamari with flavorful garlic, peeled tomatoes, red wine and a special blend of herbs and spices. If you aren’t into squid, try the traditional puttanesca, which has a spicy, tangy flavor complete with olive oil, garlic, capers, anchovies, peeled tomatoes and spices. Then, you’ll choose your favorite pasta from the six available options. When food’s done correctly, you don’t need to overcomplicate things. If you’re dining in, feel free to bring your choice of drinks to complement your meal.
Joe Squared pizza features award winning coal fired pizza with one of the widest selection of toppings available anywhere at 133 W. North Ave. in Baltimore, MD. The restaurant has been featured on Diners Drive-ins and Dives for its unique and popular pizza options including vegan pizza options, seafood pizza, chicken, bacon, lamb, and dozens of other options. It is one of the most highly reviewed pizza eateries in the Baltimore area and has a dedicated local following. Catering is available for special occasions and group discounts are available for large orders. Some of the entree and appetizer options include salads, box lunches, risottos, pastas, ciabatta sandwiches, soups, and more. Specials are available on a regular basis for both individual and group orders.
Upholding the time-honored tradition of the cucina, Mamma's crafts a menu of warming Italian fare in a casual and welcoming atmosphere. Savor simple seafood starters such as the fried calamari ($7.99) or mussels marinara ($6.99) before moving mouths to more elaborate entrees. Mamma's veal sorrentina snuggles a fresh cut of veal with prosciutto, eggplant, and mozzarella cheese ($17.99), and the shrimp fradiavolo’s spicy marinara ($15.99) livens up palates and deters milquetoast dates from sampling. Catering to those who prefer circular fare, head chef Eduardo Boteo and his team prepare Mamma's panoply of pizzas topped with fresh ingredients. Weekly dinner and lunch specials are also available for those looking beyond Cucina's core collection.