If you're out and about in the Glen Burnie area and in the mood for some good Greek, Italian or American food, stop by Romano's Restaurant on 6905 Ritchie Highway. The atmosphere is friendly, the staff is attentive and it's a good place to take the whole family.
Owner Saki Stamidis, formerly of Greece, opened the restaurant in 1983. Remodeled in 1992, it maximizes its space by offering diners a continuous upholstered bench on three walls with chairs on the other sides of the tables, allowing two people to cuddle up or sit across from each other.
Romano's is known for its seafood and its chicken stuffed with crab meat.
During a recent visit, I enjoyed excellent cream of crab soup, a Greek salad and cheese ravioli with meatballs, while my husband had spaghetti with meat sauce. The crab soup was filled with chunks of fresh crab meat. The ravioli was pretty standard cheese ravioli, but the sauce was a sweet, not acidic, tomato sauce and the meatballs, about the size of a half-dollar, were solid and tasted of oregano and garlic.
The Greek salad looked different than most, delivered on a chilled glass plate with dressing on the side and two slabs of feta cheese on top, allowing you to decide how much of the feta you wanted crumbled on top.
The desserts, carrot cake and Boston cream cake were good.
The carrot cake was dense and full of nuts (my favorite) but the icing was not the traditional cream cheese, but more like regular cake icing.
The Boston cream cake was light and fluffy with the traditional flavors one would expect from the Boston cream pie. The icing was white with a layer of dark chocolate draped over it.
Our a la carte meal was $38, so the prices are reasonable.
The couple seated at the table next to us ordered chicken Marsala and the fried seafood platter. The chicken dish was plentiful and the seafood platter was more than ample. The crab cake was larger than a baseball and the gentleman eating it said it wasn't full of filler and had a creamy center.
Prices for seafood entrees range from $13.95 for shrimp scampi to $20.95 for stuffed oysters. Pizzas cost from $5 for a 10-inch cheese pizza to $13.75 for a deluxe whole 14-inch pizza. The menu offers veal dishes at $12.95, steaks from $7.95 to $14.95, pasta dishes $6.25 to $10.95, submarine sandwiches $3.50 to $19.90 (fried crab cake whole sub) and Greek dishes from $2.75 for spinach pie to $10.95 for shish-ke-bab (as they spell it). Salads, soups and children's meals are also available.
And a bonus -- parking is plentiful, mostly in the rear of the building.
If you live near Eastern Avenue in Baltimore, you'll have a chance to try some of this great food, too, because Stamidis said he plans to open a restaurant in that area.
Where: 6905 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie; 410-768-8188
Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight, Fridays and Saturdays Prices: Appetizers, $6.95-$9.95; entrees, $2.75-$20.95
Credit cards: all
Rating: ** 1/2
Ratings: * culinary wasteland **** culinary heaven