New in Little ItalyLa Tavola, Little Italy's newest...

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March 13, 1997|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

New in Little Italy

La Tavola, Little Italy's newest restaurant, opened very quietly a couple of weeks ago in the spot where Giuseppe used to be, at 248 Albemarle St. The new owner is Piero Conti from Washington, where he was most notably a manager at Tiberia. He also owned a restaurant there, whose name he doesn't want to divulge, and claims he's the inventor of decaf tiramisu.

Conti has given his Little Italy restaurant a contemporary look and describes his new menu as "traditional Italian cuisine with a modernized presentation." That includes charcoal-grilled seafood and the restaurant's own fresh pasta. Entree prices range from $11 to $15.

Changing in Little Italy

In April, DiVivo's Pastries and Cafe in Little Italy will become Ristorante Della Notte. Victor DiVivo, owner of Victor's Cafe, is no longer involved with DiVivo's. The restaurant has been taken over by Ted Julio and the pastry shop by La Pasticceria Aldo, which supplies pastries to Nordstrom and many other area locales. Look for some changes in the menu and minor renovations, but in spite of the new name, the restaurant won't be more formal.

Renovating already

It seems awfully soon to be redoing Victor's Cafe on Pier 7. It's only been open a little more than a year. But two things inspired the owners to close from March 2 until today for renovations. One was the heavy load put on the kitchen last summer, when the decks as well as the dining room were filled with customers. A major part of the renovation was enlarging and reconfiguring the kitchen. Second, says manager Sal D'Andrea, "We realized that the bartenders had a good view of the water" but the customers at the bar didn't, so the bar area has been redone with mirrors.

Look for changes in the menu along with the renovations. More pasta and more Italian dishes have been added to the grilled, Mediterranean and Southwestern selections. Baltimoreans tend to forget that Angelina's, famous for its crab cakes, is also an Irish pub. Until, that is, March 17. But what do you do when St. Patrick's Day falls on a Monday if -- as Angelina's is -- you're usually closed?

Well, this year the Hamilton bar-restaurant is staying open Monday, March 17, and closing Tuesday. Besides a special menu of dishes like corned beef and cabbage and Irish stew, Angelina's will have bagpipers and a guitarist playing and singing traditional Irish music.

Check with your favorite pub if it's usually closed Monday. It may also be staying open to celebrate.

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: 3/13/97

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