A new hit at the Pikes

TABLE TALK

October 21, 1999|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

You might think that if DiPasquale's Gourmet Italian Market of Highlandtown opened its first eatery it would be small scale -- a deli, maybe. But DiPasquale's at the Pikes (912 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville) is a full-service Italian restaurant with a liquor license. (Yes, there is a deli and grocery as well.)

The old Pikes Theater, after extensive renovation, is the setting for what Joe DiPasquale, one of the owners, says is really a trattoria. The menu is mostly southern Italian, with dishes like risotto, scampi and veal Marsala. Brick-oven pizza is a specialty. Dinner entrees are priced from $10.95 to $18.95.

DiPasquale's restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Bridge fans rejoice

Those who mourn the passing of the Bridge (353 N. Calvert St.) will be glad to hear that new owner Greg Haman plans to have a restaurant up and running there again in early November. The new name will be the Calvert Cafe, but don't worry. Haman's restaurant experience has been at the Double-T Diner, so the eatery should have the same diner quality the Bridge did.

The Calvert Cafe will open for breakfast at 6 a.m. weekdays and stay open for lunch. Dinner and weekends are still up in the air.

Needful Things fills need

A needful thing at a restaurant might be a glass of wine with dinner. If so, it's a good thing that Needful Things (2921 O'Donnell St.) now has a liquor license. The coffee shop is also now open for dinner, at least on Friday and Saturday nights, with an expanded menu.

Something new

Lunch find of the week: the Vietnamese warm shrimp salad ($6.95) at Hampden's quirky Golden West Cafe (842 W. 36th St.). It's a large, colorful bowl of rice vermicelli, salad greens, fresh mint, grated carrots, fat pink shrimp and chopped peanuts. You pour the nuoc cham (a blend of fish sauce, lime, vinegar, sugar and chilies) over the top and toss it thoroughly. Order a fresh limeade with it to cool the heat.

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 410-752-6049; or e-mail to elizabeth.large@baltsun.com.

Elizabeth Large's restaurant reviews appear inside the Sunday Home & Family section. This Sunday: Piccolo's in Columbia.

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