Zia PinaZia Pina, 5501 Belair Road, (410) 485-5700. A...

DINING OUT: THE CRITIC'S REPORT

January 02, 1993|By ELIZABETH LARGE | ELIZABETH LARGE,Restaurant Critic

Zia Pina

Zia Pina, 5501 Belair Road, (410) 485-5700. A reader called me about Zia Pina's homemade Sicilian dishes, but what I liked at this tiny neighborhood spot was the pizza. It's thin with a crisp, crunchy crust -- not just at the edges but all of it. The balance of toppings is just right, and it isn't greasy. We had good salads here, too, and a fine homemade chicken noodle soup. The rest of our meal disappointed, but if you're tired of chain pizzas, this is definitely a place to keep in mind, especially if you want to bring the kids along. $ -- inexpensive. (Last reviewed 12/92.)

Pier 500

Pier 500, 500 Harborview Drive, (410) 625-0500. Pier 500 is as casual-chic as it ever was, but there's been one significant change. Last fall a new chef, Brian Boston, took over. His menu is a thoughtful one, limited in the number of dishes attempted, emphasizing grilled food and offering plenty of choice for those with diet restrictions. Try the Maryland shellfish bouillabaisse or the individual rack of lamb. And I hope for your sake the smoked potato and roasted red pepper soup is the special that night. It's not impossible to eat at Pier 500 at a moderate cost, by the way, but only if you order something like the good hamburger and sweet potato fries. $$$ -- expensive. (Last reviewed 12/92.)

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