Pavarotti opens in Fells Point


May 02, 2002|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Fells Point now has its own Italian restaurant - its only Italian restaurant, according to owner David Dodson.

Dodson opened the doors of Pavarotti two weeks ago in the space formerly occupied by the Greek eatery Karabelas. The restaurant specializes in Northern Italian cuisine, cooked up by executive chef - and Dodson's mother-in-law-to-be - Marisa Fraschini, who moved here from Bologna, Italy.

As for the name, Dodson says he was going for "something Italian, easy to say, easy to remember." Although the opera star Luciano Pavarotti has no connection to the restaurant, he did once live 15 minutes down the road from the Fraschinis in Italy.

Dodson wants his restaurant to appeal to Baltimore's "elegant casual crowd." Pavarotti's dinner menu features a range of pastas, including lasagna ($14), spaghetti al tonno ($15), and penne arrabiata ($13). Entrees include veal Marsala ($18), involtini ($16) and salmone al forno ($19). Grill selections seem a bit more Americanized - with dishes like chicken in the basket with french fries ($14), porterhouse steak ($19) and monkfish ($19).

You can find Pavarotti at 318 S. Broadway. It's open Tuesday through Sunday; lunch hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner hours are 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

Bicycle gears up for more diners

Good news for The Bicycle fans. Now, there's actually a shot at getting into the South Baltimore restaurant on a Saturday night without having to make a reservation two weeks in advance. That's with a big if. As in if the weather's decent.

Owners Deborah Mazzoleni and Barry Rumsey have just opened a garden section out back with a large communal table that can seat up to 14.

Mazzoleni says the new area allows the restaurant to accommodate some walk-ins.

"If it's 4 in the afternoon and it's going to be a gorgeous night, you can give us a call because you know the garden will be open," she says.

The Bicycle is at 1444 Light St. It's open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m.

The garden is open every night, weather permitting. Reservations are still strongly recommended. As we all know, not every summer night in Baltimore is blissful.

Bombay Grill grows

The Bombay Grill now has a sixth location - in the Days Inn in Towson. Because the Indian restaurant also serves as the in-house eating establishment for the hotel, it is the first Bombay Grill to include American items on its menu. It's also the only Bombay Grill to be open for breakfast.

Manager Rajiv Saxena says other pluses include a full bar that offers Indian beers in addition to all the standards. There's also a party hall that can hold up to 200 people.

The newest Bombay Grill is at 8801 Loch Raven Blvd. It's open seven days a week. Breakfast is served 6 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Lunch is 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and includes an all-you-can-eat Indian buffet. Dinner is Sunday through Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 2:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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