New in Little ItalyI tend to think of Little Italy as a...

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April 04, 1996|By Elizabeth Large

New in Little Italy

I tend to think of Little Italy as a little piece of Baltimore that never changes, but obviously that's not so. Within the past six months or so, three new restaurants have opened: Antney's Bar and Grill, Il Porto and La Scala (where Raphael's used to be).

The splashiest opening yet is scheduled for mid-May: Di Vivo's Pastries and Cafe at 801 Eastern Ave. It sounds modest, but Di Vivo's will be a full-scale Italian restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The new building should be a traffic stopper, with a glassed-in rotunda in front and a huge tree growing inside. A letter from Candace Chiaruttini, one of the owners of the recently reviewed 208 Talbot in St. Michaels, informs me that the menu is fixed-price only on Saturdays. Otherwise, prices for entrees range from $18.50 to $24. More good news price-wise: If dinner is ordered by 5: 30 p.m., all entrees are $15 (except Saturday). Day trippers with a long drive home to Baltimore, take note.

A drink of beauty

My vote for the most beautiful nonalcoholic drink around goes to Joy America's iced tea. It's the color of sunlight through orange marmalade, and it comes with a slice of orange instead of lemon. The flavor isn't bad either, a sort of ginger-peach that bears no resemblance to ordinary iced tea.

Winner in Cleveland

Poor Cleveland. First the football team, now this. Local chef Patrick Dobbs' curry-roasted monkfish with red wine butter, sweet potatoes and leeks won a perfect score from the judges and the gold medal in the Ohio Seafood Challenge, an American Culinary Federation-sanctioned competition held in Cleveland recently. Mr. Dobbs is the sous chef at the Caves Valley Golf Club.

Movable Ralphies

Ralphie's Diner has opened Ralphie's on the Go, with prepared foods and salads, at their location at 9690 Deereco Road in Timonium. Look for delivery soon.

Name for fame

When Nona Nielsen-Parker, owner and chef of Culinary Capers catering for nine years, became a partner in the new Glasz Cafe on Falls Road, she had no idea it would become so popular she would have to rename her catering business.

"We received so many phone calls from our Glasz Cafe customers asking if we could cater," says Ms. Nielsen-Parker. "I think we confused them when we referred them to a company called Culinary Capers." The catering company has been renamed Glasz Gourmet.

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.

Pub Date: 4/04/96

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