Dalesio's new project

Table Talk

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

After opening Dalesio's, the restaurant in Little Italy that brought spa cuisine to Baltimore, Michael Dalesio went on to become one of the area's best-known restaurant consultants. He likes his current project so much, he says, he's become a part owner.

The restaurant is Sebastian's (566A Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, 410-544-4705). It features the regional Italian food Dalesio is known for, plus steaks and seafood. Entrees range from $6.75 to $19.95.

Before it became Sebastian's a couple of months ago, the place was a bar-restaurant, so the menu continues to feature bar food to keep the old customers happy. "But we're trying to put out good bar food," says Dalesio.

Look for the decor to change after the first of the year. It now looks something like a Friday's, Dalesio admits. "Mostly it's a matter of undecorating," he says. "There's too much stained glass and brass." Sebastian's features live music by local bands on the weekend.

Coming to Little Italy

Little Italy will have a new restaurant at the beginning of the new year. Aldo Vitale, who's been in the food business for some 20 years, will be opening Aldo's at 306 S. High St., where Santoni's market used to be. When renovations are complete, the downstairs will seat 80 to 100. The menu will be traditional southern Italian home cooking, says Vitale.

Saigon is thriving

Saigon, the good little Vietnamese restaurant located in an unlikely spot (3345 Belair Road, 410-276-0055) continues not only to exist but thrive there. It now has a beer and wine license, and the menu has been expanded to include house specials prepared for two people. They include soup-like "hot pot" combinations of seafood, beef and vegetables and dishes such as sliced beef with lemon grass grilled on a hot plate.

Table Talk welcomes interesting tidbits of restaurant news. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, Table Talk, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278; fax to 410-783-2519; or e-mail to elizabeth.largaltsun.com.

Pub Date: 11/13/97

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