GoodEats: Columnist says ‘ciao’ to cuisine
Just east of the harbor in Baltimore, Little Italy is filled with some of the best Italian restaurants this town has to offer. At the top of my list is Chiapparelli’s, the ‘Italian Stallion’ I have chosen for this week’s GoodEats.
Located smack dab in the middle of Little Italy on High Street, the simple blue awning and stone-front of the restaurant blends right in with the rustic atmosphere of the area.
Once inside, the brick walls and friendly wait staff create a pleasant atmosphere.
I consider myself quite the Italian food connoisseur, and Chiapparelli’s surpassed all expectations.
I went with a small party of guys who were hungry and craving some good Italian food.
We started off with an order of mussels, served with a garlic and white wine sauce and crispy garlic bread to mop up some of the juices. We also got an order of sausage and peppers, served with a homemade marinara sauce.
Both of the appetizers were quite good. The waitress recommended the calamari, which although I didn’t order, I did catch a glance of as it left the kitchen. It looked amazing, so next time I’ll have to get it.
The famed Chiapparelli’s salad came next, served with homemade, crispy white loaves of bread. The salad is a spectacle in itself.
It’s a huge salad served with an amazing garlicky dressing and topped with spicy pepperoncini’s. As long as you get an entrée, you will get to indulge in this specialty.
The main course was the hardest to decide on. The majority of my party ordered Chicken Parmesan, so I knew I had to be different. I went with a house specialty, Vitello Leo, which is breaded veal cutlet, tomato, prosciutto, provolone and mushrooms, in a rich Marsala sauce. It was great.
I tried the chicken parmesan as well and it was exceptional.
Chiapperelli’s is relatively cheap for all the food you get. An average meal is between $19 and $25 and includes bread, a salad and an entrée.
Whatever Italian specialty you decide on will be great, so be adventurous. Try something a little different.
If you’re in the mood for good Italian food, and don’t mind a short drive downtown, please give Chiapperelli’s a try.
Until next time, I wish you GoodEats.