Sammy's Trattoria gets ready to shine

TABLE TALK

April 26, 2006|By SLOANE BROWN

Anew light is about to shine on the corner of North Charles and Biddle streets. Make that lots of little twinkle lights as Sammy's Trattoria opens its doors there.

Those lights are some of the few changes owner Sam Curreri is making to the place that used to be known as Limoges. Curreri says the space was already beautiful and all he wanted to do was to give it "a more romantic, relaxed feel." So he's adding small white lights around some of the windows, lots of soft votive candles on the tables and twinkle lights in the trees outside.

You'll find the big changes on the menu. No sign of the former French bistro. This is completamente Italiano.

"It's traditional Southern Italian food; a combination of food I was raised with and food I've been involved with," says Curreri, who had been general manager at Little Italy's Chiapparelli's Restaurant for 15 years. "I grew up in a family where my grandmother started cooking dinner at 12 o'clock [noon] every day. Her whole life revolved around that ... and that's what I hope to reflect in the restaurant."

You'll find about a dozen pastas on the menu, such as lobster ravioli ($20.99); penne in a creamy tomato-and-vodka sauce ($15.99), topped with sliced chicken or shrimp ($17.99/$20.99); and spaghetti with meatballs ($16.99).

Entrees include "Mom's chicken or veal Marsala" ($17.99/$19.99); shrimp scampi ($20.99); and filet of beef seared in a light peppercorn crust and topped with melted gorgonzola sauce with mushrooms ($28.99). There also will be about a half-dozen seasonal specials offered.

While Curreri was hoping to have Sammy's Trattoria open to the public this weekend, there's a chance we all may have to wait a week. He's promised family and friends first crack at the place. He says so many are flying in from around the country, he has to accommodate them before the rest of us get our chance.

Sammy's Trattoria, 410-837-9999, is at 1200 N. Charles St. Its hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

Pies on the move

One door opens. Another closes.

You've got until this Sunday for one more visit to Dangerously Delicious Pies at 2400 Fleet St. Owner and uber-hip pie maker Rodney Henry says the business has outgrown the small Canton shop and he's moving it into a warehouse in West Baltimore.

Not to worry, pie heads. Henry says all his pies will continue to be handmade. And you can continue to order them, either by phone - 410-522-PIES (7437) - or online at dangerous pies.com. Your baked treasure then will be delivered. Henry's big plan is to go nationwide, with people opening his pie shops around the country.

"I wanna be Pie Force One," he says.

If you've been a fan of Henry's famed music nights at the shop, you'll still be able to enjoy them downey ocean. Henry says his pie shop in Bethany Beach, Del., has been going gangbusters, and he's planning several music events around the area this summer.

But there will be one last blowout here, as the former Glenmont Pope's front man brings a few of his musician pals together for "a doozy of a show" that'll start at noon Sunday, and go until whenever.

Does this mean that Baltimore won't see and hear our "Ramblin' Pie Man" around town? No way. Henry says he's looking for a space to open a "swank pie supper club, with a legit stage and legit music."

P.S. Don't forget; no cooking tomorrow night. Go out to eat and help a good cause. It's Moveable Feast's 16th annual "Dining Out for Life" event. Dozens of Baltimore-area restaurants are donating at least 20 percent of the day's proceeds to the charity, which provides meals to local people living with HIV/AIDS and other conditions like breast cancer.

For more info, call 410-327-3420, ext. 11, or go online to diningoutforlife.com.

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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