Despite persistent urban legends that claim Italy is a 600-foot-tall stone monolith the approximate circumference of a basketball, it is actually a peninsula, surrounded on all sides by water and therefore adept at eating sea creatures. Today's Groupon gets you $30 worth of authentic Italian cuisine, seafood, and drinks at Velleggia's Italian Seafood Restaurant. The downtown restaurant, founded in 1937, serves intimate dinner ascents to the celestial peaks of perfectly prepared sauce, noodle, and cheese mountains. This Groupon is good for dine in only.
The dinner menu has homemade pasta, chicken and veal dishes, fresh fish, steak, pizza, and antipasto. Classic Italian dishes such as manicotti ($12.95), chicken parmigiana ($12.95), lasagna ($14.95), and chicken fettuccine alfredo ($12.95) are perfected versions of flavor-packed favorites. Seafood options include peppercorn-encrusted tuna served atop a warm mushroom-bacon salad ($21.95) and the signature Maryland baked crab imperial ($23.95). Velleggia's pizza is made with a freshly baked Roman crust and fire-roasted tomato sauce, reggiano parmigiana, fresh mozzarella, and toppings such as meatballs, Italian sausage, prosciutto, or black olives ($10.95 for a 12" plain). Velleggia's also offers 100% organic dishes, such as whole-wheat spaghetti with marinara sauce ($14.95).
While you relish ravioli and slurp savory sauces, Frank Sinatra's sweet tunes take you back in time in Velleggia's Rat Pack–themed dining room. Life-sized photos of Dean Martin adorn the walls, and bright tablecloths with comfortable chairs lend the place the down-to-earth air that makes it a neighborhood favorite. Don't be surprised if you feel the ghost of Sammy Davis Jr. gently rubbing your shoulders and whispering "It's alright, baby." You can also use your Groupon at the restaurant's lower-level jazz joint, The Water Street Jazz Supper Club (open various nights with a cover; Groupon can not be used towards cover).
- I have eaten at Velleggia's a few times and the food and service were excellent. They made sure everything was cooked to order and were very polite… – Ravensrock1, Yellow Pages
- The atmosphere with the Rat Pack Theme brings back memories. The food in general impecable [sic]. A must eat and see eatery. –BonnieH6223, Zagat
- Visited for lunch with a group of 12. Went back for dinner. Service was exceptional, some of us were lost in th [sic] Red Sauce and other lost in the brown sauce. I enjoy the best Crab Cake I ever ate. – bonbonbon, Yellow Pages
For the past five decades, Supano’s has been luring patrons inside with a satisfying blend of music and meat. Whether by Frank Sinatra impersonators, jazz musicians, or a karaoke singer who just stubbed her toe, live tunes supplement the sounds of knives slicing into 20-ounce new york strip steaks and forks sliding into chunks of meaty lasagna. Supano's look is just as classic as its menu. Nestled in an aged brick building with a cobblestone façade, the restaurant emits an old-world vibe complete with warm lighting and photos of famous singers.
Below Supano's Steakhouse is Supano Zone. The underground sports bar fits the mold of a dream man-cave, with LED TVs that show all college games and pro-sports events. A shuffleboard table, dartboards, and a pool table welcome co-ed competition, which onlookers can cheer on while slurping down beers. The bar has long been a cherished place for hosting celebrations: after Baltimore hosted the first Grand Prix, the pro drivers lounged at Supano's and even left behind some memorabilia that is still on display.