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September 21, 1991|By MARY MAUSHARD | MARY MAUSHARD,The Evening Sun Ciao Bella The Sun The Pavilion at the Walters The Sunday Sun

Perring Place

Perring Place Shopping Center on Perring Parkway, 661-0630. Perring Place, near the end of a strip shopping center just above Northern Parkway, is relaxing, comforting, old-fashioned. Dining here doesn't require high energy. Paneled walls lined with typical restaurant paintings, ersatz Tiffany fixtures, swinging kitchen doors on the back wall -- it's that kind of place, with a bar on one side and a dining room on the other. The food is uncomplicated and reasonably priced. My husband thought the calves liver ($9.95) superb. I found the rockfish ($13.95) very good. The accompanying vegetables were nicely prepared, but the desserts are short on flavor and better forgotten. $ 1/2 moderately inexpensive. (Last visited 8/91.) Ciao Bella, , 236 S. High St., 685-7733. Hey good lookin'! Whatcha got cookin'? Italian food, naturally. Ciao Bella ("Hi, beautiful") is one of Little Italy's newest -- if not most novel -- restaurants, offering a sort of "greatest hits" version of the typical neighborhood menu, with pleasant renditions of everybody's favorite veal and pasta dishes. The pizza didn't live up to the best local brick-oven offerings, but the homemade soups and relaxed atmosphere were winners. $$moderate. (Last visited 9/91.)

LYNN WILLIAMS The Pavilion at the Walters, , 600 N. Charles St., 727-2233. A cafe in the Hackerman House at the Walters Art Gallery, the Pavilion opens at 11 a.m., Tuesdays to Sundays, and serves wines, "starters," salads, pastas, hot and cold sandwiches, main course dishes and desserts, and closes at 4:30 p.m. Yes, it's fine to stop in for just a sweet (ours, on a recent visit, was less garishly presented than some earlier on) and an espresso. Lunch recommendations: not the over-dressed salads, but "starters," or angel hair pasta with shrimp. $$moderate. (Last visited 7/91.)


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