From Greek to Italian


February 21, 2002|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

Karabelas, the handsome Greek restaurant at 318 S. Broadway, closed without fanfare recently after being open less than two years. By the end of March Pavarotti, an Italian restaurant, should open in its place.

The food will be authentic northern Italian cuisine, with many dishes from Bologna, says co-owner Simona Fraschini. The executive chef is a relative, Marisa Tampieri, who cooked in Italy before this and has owned her own restaurant.

Pavarotti will be open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Dinner entrees will run from $15 to $20.

Cerando's goes bistro

Cerando's (8801 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City) opened last June as a gourmet market with prepared foods to go. It did so well that owner Jerry Cerand has closed the market for renovations and will reopen it late this month as a bistro and market with 50 seats and table service.

Lunch will include hot sandwiches and pastas. At dinner, three appetizers and five or six main courses will be offered, such as peppercorn-encrusted tenderloin. Dinner entrees will be priced from $10 to $19. The bistro won't have a liquor license, but you can bring your own bottle.

Cerando's will be open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday.

A second Looney's

Look for Looney's Pub North to open in May in the Bel Air South shopping center at U.S. 1 and Route 924. It will be the second location for Looney's; the first is in Canton.

While the southern branch specializes in raw-bar items and sandwiches, the new spot will offer the same and ribs, fajitas, steaks and seafood as well. Bill McCarthy, who worked at McCafferty's for four years, will be running the kitchen.

Diners, make your choices

Do you like Babalu Grill or The Bicycle better? Fleming's Prime Steakhouse or Ixia? You can vote for your favorite hot new restaurant at www.mary, the Web site of the Restaurant Association of Maryland.

The Diner's Choice Award will be given to three restaurants that opened in Maryland between January 2000 and January 2002. The winners will be announced at the association's awards banquet April 29.

The finalists out of 50 submissions are Babalu Grill, Baltimore; Fathom's Grill, Ocean City; Grapeseed, Bethesda; Jaleo, Bethesda; Petit Louis, Baltimore; The Bicycle, Baltimore; Fleming's, Baltimore; Ixia, Baltimore; and Monocacy Crossing, Frederick.

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