St. Michael's MorselsJeff Trainor, a '94 graduate of the...


May 20, 1999|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic

St. Michael's Morsels

Jeff Trainor, a '94 graduate of the Baltimore International College, has opened a new restaurant in St. Michaels to rave reviews. Morsels, located at 205 Talbot St., offers imaginative Mediterranean dishes like spinach risotto with sauteed shrimp, Mandarin oranges and slivered almonds.

"It's light and healthy food," promises Trainor.

The restaurant is tiny, just 33 seats. He describes it as having a casual atmosphere, "cozy, bright and colorful."

Morsels serves lunch and dinner Wednesday through Saturday and brunch only on Sunday. Entrees are priced from $15 to $24.

Jamaican St. Mary's

A new Jamaican restaurant, St. Mary's, opened last week at 118 W. 25th St. Specialties include oxtail, curried goat, jerk chicken and various fish preparations. St. Mary's is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day but Sunday. No credit cards are accepted, but since entrees run from $6 to $9, that's not a big problem.

Minor changes

Trattoria La Piccola Roma, at 200 Main St. in Annapolis, has new owners and has become Ristorante Piccola Roma. But if you're a fan of the Italian restaurant, there's no need to fret. The changes will be as subtle as the name change, promises manager Silvana Recine.

Recine, an experienced restaurateur whose family owns Coco Loco and Primi Piatti in Washington, runs Piccola Roma for her husband, Arturo Silvestrini, and his partner, Fausto Calabria, two aerospace engineers. The restaurant was closed for a week in early May for renovations, mostly painting and minor redecorating.

Recine says she plans to change the menu "a little bit at a time," introducing the changes with daily specials. She'd like to add more fish, particularly whole grilled fish. Eventually a seasonal menu will change twice a year. Entrees will continue to run from $12 to $20.

"I'm also polishing the service," she adds. "It's more refined. That's something I care very much about."

New Donatello

Central Station (1001 N. Charles St.) last week changed its dining room to Donatello, under the direction of a new chef, Salvadore Alfeo. The menu is now classic Italian, says Alfeo, who was chef at Piccolo's in Columbia before he moved to Baltimore. Entree prices run from $7.95 to $15.95.

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