Romulus and Remus, famished and tired of their hunt for prime real estate, chose the location of Rome when they mistook the Palatine hill for a huge plate of lasagna. Twirl delicious Italian-scapes with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian fare and drinks at Ciao Bella in Little Italy.
Ciao Bella's culinary taste-makers pile plates high with traditional Italian cuisine from the labyrinthine menu, including a variety of house-made pastas, grilled meats, and succulent seafood. Rev appetites with an appetizer of mozzarella and tomato-stuffed mushrooms caprese, served in a white wine sauce ($8), before delving into entrées such as buttery shrimp scampi served atop a bed of linguini ($19). Diners can also fill trenches with penne puttanesca, covered in marinara sauce, kalamata olives, capers, basil, onions, and anchovies ($14), or whisper sweet nothings to the 12-ounce steak pizziola, served with risotto, roasted peppers, onions, and tomato sauce ($22). Loosen lips wide enough for overzealously wrapped forks with a few swigs of a grapey elixir from the extensive wine list. Designed to pair perfectly with their edible offerings, the menu features bottles from northern, central, and southern Italy, as well as from California.
Ciao Bella's rustic interior, featuring hardwood floors and furnishings, swathes diners in a comforting and relaxing atmosphere. Light streams into the room from drapery-laden windows, and portraits gaze down on patrons from the walls with knowing eyes that can detect uneaten vegetables.
236 S High St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21202