Baltimore– Littly Italy & Fell’s Point

January 19, 2007 at 2:28 pm 2 comments

One of the stops on our trip to Baltimore included Fell’s Point — a revitalized area that is also part of the port. Some of the shops in Fell’s Point.Plenty of shops, restaurants and bars. Fun to stroll around — probably even more fun when the evening crowd comes in. You can take the water taxi to and from the neighborhood.

Because the water taxi wasn’t running the day we visited, we One of the clever tavern signs in Fell’s Point.took a cab from the Aquarium area — just $7. But we walked back, meandering through Little Italy on our way to our hotel. It was interesting to walk down the narrow streeets, lined with narrow row houses (8-20 feet wide). It is still an Italian neighborhood where Bertha’s Mussels is a popular tavern/restaurant in Fell’s Point.people really live — as opposed to NYC Little Italy, where most of the Italian people have moved on, leaving just a street or two of Italian restaurants.

We saw several homes still decorated with purple Christmas garland (so we thought). Asked one man who came out to sweep his stoop about the reason that the garland was purple. Of course, the Ravens! We just weren’t tuned in to Baltimore sports. In Wisconsin, we’d surely know what green and gold meant. But being from Baltimore, that gentleman didn’t know about our colors either.

Dining in Little Italy
My dining goal for this getaway was to sample really good crabcakes — which I did at Phillips, and to enjoy a good Italian meal in Little Italy. Our concierge at the Intercontinental recommended Boccaccio and we took his advice.

Our meal was spectacular. We couldn’t help but ooh and aah our way through every bite — I mean every bite! We had a Typical rowhouses in Little Italy. (One was on fire at the time.)veal special (recommended by our waiter as his favorite) with porcini mushrooms in a brown wine sauce. Melted in your mouth. It was served with a generous portion of gnocchi — which can often be a heavy pasta. Not at Boccaccio! These gnocchi were light and very tender inside. Other times I’ve had gnocchi, there were chewy. For dessert, we ordered zabaglione. It was served in a large wine goblet filled with fresh raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and surrounded by a light and thin creamy custard. Just to die for! No kidding.

While we had plenty to eat — a meal that ordinarily might leave one with an unpleasant full feeling — we felt great. The food was exquisite, light and without a doubt, the best in the city. By the way, we later found out that Boccaccio, with its northern Italian cuisine, was rated as as Zagat’s top Baltimore Italian restaurant for 6 years in a row. It was at the top again in 2006. Inexpensive? No. But so worth it. With a glass of wine and a tip, my meal was $62. PLUS, the restaurant sent a car to pick us up and return us to our hotel. How cool is that!

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  • 1. LORI DUCHROW  |  January 22, 2007 at 8:26 am

    If you’re in Fell’s Point, go to B.O.P. (Brick Oven Pizza). We had a coupon that I believe we received from the water taxi guy. It was for a free dessert pizza. B.O.P. is just a tiny little place with a walk-up counter, nothing fancy, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to go there. But my daughter begged–she wanted that free dessert pizza.
    I am so glad we had lunch there! It was by far the best pizza I have ever eaten anywhere, and I would go back to Baltimore just to eat there again. And the dessert pizza–it was so delicious, she would only let me have one tiny bite! A thin, sweet crust topped with Raspberry sauce, topped with slices of fresh fruit and drizzled with white and dark chocolate. Mmmmm.

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  • 2. Aaron  |  February 6, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    Second on that pizza. Doesn’t get much better than BOP.

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