Call it MacaroniRomano's Macaroni Grill has just opened at...

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October 09, 1997|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

Call it Macaroni

Romano's Macaroni Grill has just opened at 9701 Beaver Dam Road in Timonium. It's the latest of the moderately priced Italian restaurant chains that are winning the hearts and minds of Baltimoreans. The menu has some 35 traditional Italian dishes, from pasta to veal to seafood, with entree prices ranging from $6.95 to $16.95. Customers serve themselves from gallon jugs of wine on their tables. "You trusted us to cook your food," says founder Phil Romano, "We trust you to tell us how many glasses of wine you had." Maybe. Or maybe that's just considered part of the overhead.

Tinkering at Polo Grill

Don't expect the fried lobster tails, the mushroom tartlet or the veal chop to disappear from the Polo Grill's menu any time soon. But you will see dishes with Asian accents (like tuna with a soy-ginger vinaigrette and grilled baby bok choy) appearing on the menu. The restaurant has a new chef, Paul Lasky, whose background includes work in fusion cuisine establishments. "I'm not going to do any drastic changes," says Lasky. "The Polo Grill has been a great restaurant in Baltimore, but I think it can be even better."

The wine line

The October issue of Food & Wine magazine is devoted to wine. Among the "50 Hot Wine Trends" are listed these "Coming Soon to a Restaurant Near You":

Wines grouped by type of grape

American regional pride (wine lists are identifying each bottle's place of origin)

Shorter wine lists

Half-bottles

Well-trained staffs (we can always hope)

Female sommeliers

Private-label house wines

Wines that complement Asian-influenced dishes.

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Pub Date: 10/09/97

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