Pizza quandaryBy the end of February, Pikesville should be...

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February 01, 1996|By Elizabeth Large

Pizza quandary

By the end of February, Pikesville should be facing a difficult problem: How do you choose from over 30 different kinds of unusual and ethnic pizzas? That's when a new Al Pacino Cafe will be opening in the Festival at Woodholme. Plans are for 70 seats and a more polished decor than the Al Pacino's on Read Street, according to owner Ashraf Abou Bakr. But the downtown Al Pacino's is new and improved as well -- a month ago it expanded to the Cathedral Street corner. New Middle Eastern desserts and more appetizers have been added to the menu.

Simply stated: sweets

You have to love a place called the Yum Yum Dessert Cafe. It takes you back to a time when things were simple and desserts had names like apple pie instead of Death by Chocolate or tiramisu. This tiny spot at 208 W. Read St. with the cafe tables and lace curtains has a few sandwiches, soups, waffles and specialty coffees; but the main draw is the old-fashioned desserts made by the owner's mom -- such treats as walnut spice cake and chocolate chip cookies.

We're still indulging

In the past five years, restaurants have been adding more low calorie and low fat items to their menus, according to a survey conducted for Visa of more than 500 restaurants in the U.S. Fifty-eight percent of them have increased their vegetarian entrees.

That said, three quarters of the restaurants surveyed have kept the same number of red meat selections on their menus -- suggesting what we all know to be true: While lifestyles are changing, people still like to indulge when they eat out.

Game dinners

Chef Cindy Wolf is planning two game dinners at Fells Point's new Savannah restaurant. The six-course dinners will feature her Southern-accented specialties such as pheasant broth with fresh thyme and wild mushrooms, grilled duck breast with Madeira-poached pears and field greens, roasted squab with cornbread and country ham stuffing and medallions of venison with Petite Sirah and rosemary. The game dinners, on Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 at 7 p.m., cost $95, which includes wine. Call (410) 522-2195 for more information.

Schlotzky's closes

Only a little more than a year after it opened, Schlotzky's on Redwood Street has closed its doors for good. Laura Bernstein, director of public relations for the upscale deli chain based in Austin, Texas, attributes its failure to the fact that the eatery had an absentee owner. (He lives in Michigan, which is certainly absentee.) But look for more Schlotzky'ses to open in the area, she says, most likely in the suburbs.

Table Talk welcomes interesting tidbits of restaurant news. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, Table Talk, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278. Or fax to (410) 783-2519.

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