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By Laura Rottenberg and Laura Rottenberg,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 13, 1997
In the early '90s, the Cal-Ital bistro was a new species in Baltimore. We'd seen them in other cities: bustling, minimalist-chic restaurants serving dazzling vegetable-heavy fare to an equally stunning young professional crowd. Paolo's, -- with a location in Towson and another in the Light Street Pavilion of Harborplace was among the area's first examples of the breed. Others have come and gone, but after nearly a decade, Paolo's continues to age gracefully.The parent company, Capital Restaurant Concepts, has maintained a stylish interior -- open show kitchen, crackling brick oven, and lots of black marble and Italian track lighting -- and a contemporary, affordable menu of light, unfussy pastas, salads and entrees.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic | May 13, 2007
Food ** (2 stars) Service *** (3 stars) Atmosphere **1/2 (2 1/2 stars) Towson is an area that never seems to have as many good, reasonably sophisticated eating places as I think it should, given the disposable income of the people who live around there. One of the bright spots has al ways been Paolo's Ristorante, a local chain -- sorry, restaurant group -- that defined Cal-Ital for Baltimore in that trend's heyday. You remember: light, bright, fresh takes on Italian food in a contemporary, high-energy bistro atmosphere.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic | May 13, 2007
Food ** (2 stars) Service *** (3 stars) Atmosphere **1/2 (2 1/2 stars) Towson is an area that never seems to have as many good, reasonably sophisticated eating places as I think it should, given the disposable income of the people who live around there. One of the bright spots has al ways been Paolo's Ristorante, a local chain -- sorry, restaurant group -- that defined Cal-Ital for Baltimore in that trend's heyday. You remember: light, bright, fresh takes on Italian food in a contemporary, high-energy bistro atmosphere.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 4, 2002
Gabriele Muccino's The Last Kiss stops your heart and keeps your belly jiggling with laughter. It's an improbably sunny tragicomedy. While the picture plunges to the limits of romantic disappointment, Muccino and his ensemble never cease to emit a buzz of life-replenishing energy. The movie elegantly traces the stumbling steps of some Roman buddies nearing 30. Like the fellows in Fellini's I Vitelloni or Barry Levinson's Diner, they reinforce each other's insecurities about becoming full-fledged men and accepting the challenges of wedlock, jobs and raising children.
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By Mary Maushard | July 25, 1991
The hours for Paolo's at Harborplace were listed incorrectly in the July 25 review. The correct hours are: 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday; 10:30 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday; pizza menu served until 1 a.m.What a pity that such superb food is served amid such chaos. Paolo's fare deserves a quieter setting than Harborplace.While Baltimore's preeminent tourist attraction is fine for fried dough and stand-up hot dogs, it is inappropriate for Paolo's, which specializes in fine Italian food and pizza cooked in a wood-burning stove.
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By Michael Reeb and Michael Reeb,Sun Staff Writer | October 18, 1994
When Dave Berardi and Stacey Nicholson won their divisions of Paolo's 5K last year, it was a preview of the Runners of the Year honors that the Baltimore Road Runners Club awarded them in February.Though Berardi concedes that no one in the area is running better than Ken Fowler this year and that a repeat award in the male division is not likely, Berardi and Nicholson repeated their .. 1993 first-place Paolo's performances in this year's run.While Fowler was winning the same day's Columbus Chase 10K, Berardi finished Paolo's in 15 minutes, 25 seconds and Nicholson in 17:59 nine days ago.But the day was far from over for Berardi, who did an 18-mile training run with Brian Pownall on the Northern Central Railroad Trail after the race.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 12, 1997
Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire in the insulation of a Harborplace restaurant last night without disrupting diners.Tony Boyers, general manager of Paolo's restaurant in the Light Street pavilion, said insulation in a heat exhaust duct between the roof and sub-roof overheated, sending flames and smoke into the sky but not into the restaurant.Boyers said about a dozen diners were in the restaurant when the fire started at 9 p.m.More than an hour later, a trace of smoke lingered in the restaurant, which remained open until its regular midnight closing time.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic | November 26, 2000
Give Paolo's in Towson credit. It may be part of a chain of sorts (there are four of them, all in the Baltimore-Washington area), but the self-described ristorante does the things it sets out to do and does them professionally. Whoever invented the term Cal-Ital must have invented it for Paolo's. It's a California-style bistro with lots of mirrors, hardwood, glossy surfaces, potted palms and cane seating. The food is predominantly Italian-inspired pastas and pizzas, with minestrone as the signature soup and tiramisu on the dessert tray.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic | January 31, 1999
When the first Paolo's opened here a decade ago (another one followed in Towson), Baltimore had never seen anything quite like it. Cal-Ital had arrived: chic, fresh Italian food that included great salads and inventive pizzas and pastas. Paolo's contemporary setting had as much pizazz as the food, and Baltimore loved it. The only downside was the noise level at this always busy, stylish bistro.Over the years Paolo's Harborplace got a little worn around the edges, as restaurants do when they age, so the parent company, Capital Restaurant Concepts, closed it last year for a complete makeover and expansion.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 5, 2000
Here's hoping your own dreams of Africa are more interesting -- and better acted -- than this movie. Adapted from the writings of a woman who apparently always wanted to go to Africa and get in touch with nature, "I Dreamed of Africa" doesn't forget for a moment that it's a movie about Important Stuff: It's about reconnecting with your inner self, it's about ridding the world of poachers, it's about pretending that trite journal entries are meaningful, it's...
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic | November 26, 2000
Give Paolo's in Towson credit. It may be part of a chain of sorts (there are four of them, all in the Baltimore-Washington area), but the self-described ristorante does the things it sets out to do and does them professionally. Whoever invented the term Cal-Ital must have invented it for Paolo's. It's a California-style bistro with lots of mirrors, hardwood, glossy surfaces, potted palms and cane seating. The food is predominantly Italian-inspired pastas and pizzas, with minestrone as the signature soup and tiramisu on the dessert tray.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 5, 2000
Here's hoping your own dreams of Africa are more interesting -- and better acted -- than this movie. Adapted from the writings of a woman who apparently always wanted to go to Africa and get in touch with nature, "I Dreamed of Africa" doesn't forget for a moment that it's a movie about Important Stuff: It's about reconnecting with your inner self, it's about ridding the world of poachers, it's about pretending that trite journal entries are meaningful, it's...
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic | January 31, 1999
When the first Paolo's opened here a decade ago (another one followed in Towson), Baltimore had never seen anything quite like it. Cal-Ital had arrived: chic, fresh Italian food that included great salads and inventive pizzas and pastas. Paolo's contemporary setting had as much pizazz as the food, and Baltimore loved it. The only downside was the noise level at this always busy, stylish bistro.Over the years Paolo's Harborplace got a little worn around the edges, as restaurants do when they age, so the parent company, Capital Restaurant Concepts, closed it last year for a complete makeover and expansion.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC | September 4, 1997
A little over a year ago, the Japanese restaurant Minato opened in the spot where the Vietnamese restaurant CoChin had been at 800 N. Charles St. The owners were planning to open another Vietnamese place in South Baltimore, but that never materialized.Now Alex Tran and Henry Wong have decided to divide the Minato space, which is five rooms in all, into two restaurants. On one side will be Minato, and on the other, Cafe Viet. This change should take place some time this month.Tran says that the Vietnamese cafe's menu will be small and designed to appeal to American tastes; but he also plans to have specials involving more exotic fare.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Laura Rottenberg and Laura Rottenberg,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 13, 1997
In the early '90s, the Cal-Ital bistro was a new species in Baltimore. We'd seen them in other cities: bustling, minimalist-chic restaurants serving dazzling vegetable-heavy fare to an equally stunning young professional crowd. Paolo's, -- with a location in Towson and another in the Light Street Pavilion of Harborplace was among the area's first examples of the breed. Others have come and gone, but after nearly a decade, Paolo's continues to age gracefully.The parent company, Capital Restaurant Concepts, has maintained a stylish interior -- open show kitchen, crackling brick oven, and lots of black marble and Italian track lighting -- and a contemporary, affordable menu of light, unfussy pastas, salads and entrees.
NEWS
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 12, 1997
Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire in the insulation of a Harborplace restaurant last night without disrupting diners.Tony Boyers, general manager of Paolo's restaurant in the Light Street pavilion, said insulation in a heat exhaust duct between the roof and sub-roof overheated, sending flames and smoke into the sky but not into the restaurant.Boyers said about a dozen diners were in the restaurant when the fire started at 9 p.m.More than an hour later, a trace of smoke lingered in the restaurant, which remained open until its regular midnight closing time.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC | September 4, 1997
A little over a year ago, the Japanese restaurant Minato opened in the spot where the Vietnamese restaurant CoChin had been at 800 N. Charles St. The owners were planning to open another Vietnamese place in South Baltimore, but that never materialized.Now Alex Tran and Henry Wong have decided to divide the Minato space, which is five rooms in all, into two restaurants. On one side will be Minato, and on the other, Cafe Viet. This change should take place some time this month.Tran says that the Vietnamese cafe's menu will be small and designed to appeal to American tastes; but he also plans to have specials involving more exotic fare.
FEATURES
By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 4, 2002
Gabriele Muccino's The Last Kiss stops your heart and keeps your belly jiggling with laughter. It's an improbably sunny tragicomedy. While the picture plunges to the limits of romantic disappointment, Muccino and his ensemble never cease to emit a buzz of life-replenishing energy. The movie elegantly traces the stumbling steps of some Roman buddies nearing 30. Like the fellows in Fellini's I Vitelloni or Barry Levinson's Diner, they reinforce each other's insecurities about becoming full-fledged men and accepting the challenges of wedlock, jobs and raising children.
SPORTS
By Michael Reeb and Michael Reeb,Sun Staff Writer | October 18, 1994
When Dave Berardi and Stacey Nicholson won their divisions of Paolo's 5K last year, it was a preview of the Runners of the Year honors that the Baltimore Road Runners Club awarded them in February.Though Berardi concedes that no one in the area is running better than Ken Fowler this year and that a repeat award in the male division is not likely, Berardi and Nicholson repeated their .. 1993 first-place Paolo's performances in this year's run.While Fowler was winning the same day's Columbus Chase 10K, Berardi finished Paolo's in 15 minutes, 25 seconds and Nicholson in 17:59 nine days ago.But the day was far from over for Berardi, who did an 18-mile training run with Brian Pownall on the Northern Central Railroad Trail after the race.
FEATURES
By Mary Maushard | July 25, 1991
The hours for Paolo's at Harborplace were listed incorrectly in the July 25 review. The correct hours are: 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday; 10:30 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday; pizza menu served until 1 a.m.What a pity that such superb food is served amid such chaos. Paolo's fare deserves a quieter setting than Harborplace.While Baltimore's preeminent tourist attraction is fine for fried dough and stand-up hot dogs, it is inappropriate for Paolo's, which specializes in fine Italian food and pizza cooked in a wood-burning stove.
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