Healthful options at Juice Phoria

TABLE TALK

April 05, 2006|By SLOANE BROWN

Canton Square has a new drinking establishment, but its drinks aren't the kind more commonly associated with the area. Juice Phoria offers a healthful alternative - and perhaps, in some cases, antidote - to the alcoholic beverages served at its neighbor establishments.

We're talkin' freshly squeezed fruit and veggie juice drinks like carrot/apple, apple/beet/ginger, carrot/parsley/celery/spinach and orange/grapefruit. You can also order fruit smoothies.

The drinks all run in the $4.50 to $6.50 range, and can go higher in price if you add extra ingredients like bee pollen or acai. Acai, according to Juice Phoria owner Kent Blake, is a Brazilian berry that is higher in antioxidants than any other fruit.

Blake, who owns another Juice Phoria in Federal Hill's Cross Street Market, also offers a few food items, like a powerhouse sandwich ($5) or veggie burger ($5.75). There's also falafel on pita bread ($4.50). And - surprise, surprise - the third choice is a hot dog; beef ($1.50 to $2.50) or turkey ($2.75). Blake says hot dogs are quite popular with the late-night Canton crowd as well as daytime construction workers in the area.

The space is small and colorful, mainly a takeout, although there are a counter and a handful of bar stools for those who'd rather eat in.

You'll find Juice Phoria, 410-342-0211, at 2917 O'Donnell St. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Another Pasticcio

Speaking of Canton, another eatery there has changed hands. Franco Zeppi is now Pasticcio of Canton. The name may have changed, but the cuisine remains the same: Italian.

Assistant manager Rosanna Coppola says this is the second Pasticcio. The first opened about a year and a half ago in an old train station in Glen Arm.

Fans of the old Zeppi's will find a similar menu at Pasticcio, with dozens of pasta, chicken, veal and seafood dishes in the $8.99 to $19.99 price range. There are a few more pizza choices than before, including several "gourmet" pizzas like one made with spinach, ricotta, garlic, mozzarella and parmesan. The pizza prices go from $7.99 to $16.99. And - like Zeppi's - there are also sub sandwiches, to the tune of $5.99 to $7.99.

You also won't notice much difference in the restaurant's interior. Coppola says it's still got the tile floors and booths. During the day, you still go up to the counter and order your food - whether you're planning to eat it there or take it to go. But now, at night, Pasticcio has table service.

Coppola says other plans include adding a bar, which she hopes will happen within a month. However, she says, the main emphasis of Pasticcio is to remain a casual-dining restaurant with the bar merely complementing that dining experience.

If you have information regarding a local restaurant's opening, closing or major changes, please e-mail that information to sloane@sloanebrown.com or fax it to 410-675-3451.

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