A Date in little Italy
This past weekend I went out to Little Italy and had a nice low-key evening. The next time you are out and looking for a more refined neighborhood I would recommend this section of the city. When we were there people were a little dressed up. Men were wearing nice pants while women had on sundresses. It was a nice change of scenery, very old world.
It surprises me each time I go to Little Italy just how many Italian restaurants are there. We considered Sabatino's however we both weren't impressed the last time we visited there. Amicci's was packed with a line waiting outside. It concerned my date and I that it was billing itself as very casual dining. With the word casual in quotations we weren't sure what that meant so we passed it up. We checked out the menu at Rocco's and Germano's before throwing caution to the wind and just going over to Ciao Bella. There was no wait and were able to get a table on a Saturday night. It's a cute little restaurant. I could see how this place could be considered romantic with its small atmosphere and linen napkins and tablecloths.
There is only one place to get a great dessert. So we went to Vaccaro's for gelato. When we arrived there were only a few people in front of us. When we left fifteen minutes later the line was down the stairs. Ten minutes after that the line was out the door. So if you opt to head to this little shop be patient. There is also another location at the inner harbor in the Light Street Pavilion if you're up for a walk by the water.
On Friday nights at 9pm starting in July Little Italy has outdoor movies playing. All the movies have an Italian theme to them. They show the movies on the side of a building at the corner of High and Stiles Street. Bring a lawn chair and a blanket and watch a classic show with your gelato.