Vaccaro's adds a shop in Canton


June 07, 2006|By SLOANE BROWN

Just in time for summer, a Little Italy tradition has come to Canton. Now, when you finish your dinner at one of the many restaurants around Canton Square, you can drop by Vaccaro's for some sinful dessert.

That venerable Baltimore dessert shop plans to open its seventh store this week. The others are in Harborplace, Owings Mills Mall, Annapolis Mall, Union Station in D.C., at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. in D.C. and the original at 222 Albemarle St.

"I think Canton is hot," says Maria Vaccaro, who owns the chain with husband Nick. "It's a fun area to go to at any age."

Because of that hangout potential, the Canton locale will be a little more like the Little Italy version, rather than the shops that feature just a counter.

Yes, you do have to order at the counter. But there's also some seating for those who want to linger over their yummy delights. And, because this is -- after all -- Canton, this Vaccaro's will offer WiFi, wireless Internet connections.

And the menu here will be more extensive, offering all the pastries and fancy desserts the original offers, except those with alcohol. Some of the offerings in Little Italy have a liqueur component.

That means you can get a regular, chocolate shell or chocolate cream cannoli, cream puff, eclair or napoleon. It also means you can choose from more than a dozen gelati, with various toppings. Or a combination of the two, like a slice of the chocolate cannoli cake with chocolate-chip gelato topped with hot fudge and whipped topping; Vaccaro's Baci Ball -- a cream puff warmed and filled with chocolate-hazelnut gelato, topped with hot fudge and whipped topping; or the Vesuvius -- a chocolate brownie cake layered with caramel, cheesecake, chocolate mousse, served with two plain cream puffs, hot fudge, wet nuts and whipped topping.

Vaccaro says the Canton shop will also offer its Colosseos -- homemade Belgian waffles served with various gelati and toppings.

Prices for all these sweets generally fall in the $5 to $10 range. There's also a full espresso bar.

Vaccaro says the Canton spot is starting out with hours similar to those in Little Italy: 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; and 7:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday.

Maria Vaccaro is aware that Canton Square is quite a draw for the drinking crowd. But she and her husband don't see their new shop as appealing just to that group. "I don't think it's just a kids' place," she says. "So we're not going to stay open until the bars close."

Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop, 410-276-4744, will be at 2919 O'Donnell St.

Great Sage brunch

Another pleasure often enjoyed in summer -- the Sunday brunch -- was introduced this spring at Great Sage, a popular gourmet vegetarian eatery in Clarksville.

You'll find a cornucopia of brunch choices, with each item designated vegan, gluten-free, soy-free or peanut-free. There are items like the vegan Great Sage sampler, featuring caramelized mushroom-walnut pate, spiced carrot puree and Georgian beet puree ($7.99); the Scrambler, made with scrambled egg or tofu, home fries, vegan sausage and whole-wheat toast ($7.99); and homemade vegan waffles with berry-maple syrup and whipped cream ($8.99). There are also several salad and lunch entree items up for grabs. Needless to say, the mimosas and Bloody Marys are also organic.

Sunday brunch hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You'll find Great Sage, 443-535-9400, at 5809 Clarksville Square Drive in Clarksville.

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