By setting his restaurant at the less congested end of Atwells Avenue, Ken Turchetta has stayed under the radar in Federal Hill—a status he enjoys because it keeps his restaurant intimate. That’s why even after 12 years in business, it’s common to see him make a stop at every table.
Since the beginning, chef Hector Madrid has been Ken’s go-to artisan for creating authentic Italian dishes from fresh, local ingredients. The resultant spread is impressive: chicken and veal marsala, fish fillets, and rings-only calamari, all easily paired with red or white wine by the bottle or glass.
Salon Bianco lavishes clients with an array of beautifying services ranging from haircuts and color to massages, facials, and body wraps. At this luxurious grooming center, licensed stylists streak face-flattering highlights into hair and provide straightening keratin treatments. Certified massage therapists ease tight muscles in soothing private rooms. Come in for a 60-minute relaxation massage, then have a custom facial revitalize skin afterward. The team also takes their talents to the bi-annual StyleWeek Northeast, where they style models for photo shoots and fashion shows.
Massage therapist Christine Quattrocchi founded Roots of Creation Massage believing that massage therapy is more than just a leisurely pampering, but a legitimate form of healing. Throughout her more than six types of massages, including Swedish, aromatherapy, and sciatica, she intuitively hunts down embedded tension pockets while boosting all-over circulation. She customizes each massage to suit individuals’ specific needs, even skewing massage experiences to the spa side by adding hot stones to any modality.
Though massage therapist Stacy Smith believes deeply in holistic healing methods, hands-on education and training remain paramount to her treatment philosophy. Stacy has trained extensively in massage and the study of human anatomy, and she is nationally certified by the NCBTMB. She bases most treatments at Full Circle Massage around Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, though she also uses hot stones and acupressure to help relieve tense musculature. Traditional spa services such as facials and body waxes augment the lineup of massages, ensuring clients' outer beauty matches the inner zen gardens that sprout during massages. Aesthetician Maria Botero takes a personalized approach to give clients of all skin types facials with the latest technologies and cutting edge products. Her passion for life and the field of beauty help her inspire each of her clients to feel confident and beautiful, inside and out.
Though Breathing Time Yoga is housed within an old jewelry textile mill built in the 1800s, its classes hearken back to an even earlier time. Beneath the lofty 20-foot ceilings, seasoned instructors—many of whom have completed several hundred hours of teacher training—practice ancient poses and breathing exercises designed to promote strength, flexibility, and inner peace. During heated yoga classes, they turn up the infrared heating system to deepen stretches, help bodies sweat out toxins, and prevent arctic penguins from waddling in and interrupting class. Within this communal practice area illuminated by the sunlight drifting through the oversize windows, they also host non-heated classes that explore the breath-fueled sequences of Vinyasa-style yoga and the lengthy, alignment-focused poses of the Iyengar tradition.
In addition to leading yoga routines for students of all levels, the instructors supply free spring water, tea, and props. Mats are available for a $2 rental fee. After class, they encourage students to socialize in the reception room or browse the onsite library. Those interested in bolstering their mind-body connections may also schedule private meetings with a certified yoga therapist or personal coaching from yoga teachers.
Although D’Vine On The Hill's menu consists of New World cuisine, nearly every dish has a decidedly European flair. Grilled cedar-plank salmon drapes a risotto cake, veal chops top potato croquettes, and scallops wade in béchamel sauce. Integrating Italian and French influences, these dishes offer a preview of the dessert menu, which includes crème brulée and tiramisu.
A live pianist fills the dining rooms with cheerful tunes, but only plays chopsticks upon request. Hardwood floors and wine-red walls give the dining rooms an upscale ambiance that carries to the outdoor patio, which features a fireplace and brick oven.