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By Jay Boyar and Jay Boyar,ORLANDO SENTINEL | September 26, 2003
"I think that bad reviews should just be forgotten," says Frances Mayes early in Under the Tuscan Sun to an author whose book she has trashed. And mediocre reviews? What about those? At times, this tolerable romantic comedy manages to be quite charming, thanks mainly to Diane Lane's effervescent - but not too effervescent - performance as Frances. At other times, it's too reminiscent of the predictable programming on a daytime talk show. A little interior decoration, a segment on cooking, a travel feature and, of course, lots of stuff about feelings.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
Vivo Trattoria & Wine Bar, a new restaurant at the Hotel at Arundel Preserve, has the burnished looks of a good Tuscan-inspired trattoria. And its mid-priced menu of antipasti, pastas, pizzas and Northern Italian entrees has a kind of broad appeal that's in short supply these days. On first glance, it's the kind of place that a work group might turn into a favorite payday destination, or where friends from Baltimore and Washington might meet up for a Saturday night dinner. Everybody likes eating good Italian food in a pretty room.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | May 10, 2006
2001 Villa Cerna Chianti Classico Riserva ($22) This lush, ripe, structured and complex Chianti Classico delivers both pleasure in the short term and the promise of great things with time. It's a full-bodied Tuscan red with generous flavors of black cherry, blueberry, herbs and smoked meat. Despite firm tannins, it shows a smooth texture that makes it appealing now if given a bit of breathing time. It should age well for 10 to 15 years. Serve with grilled red meats or Tuscan cuisine.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2012
The street-level restaurant space at Pratt and Light streets has lain vacant since a Legal Sea Foods pulled out more than four years ago. That's a long time for an Inner Harbor space to sit empty, especially with Harbor East beckoning diners to its dense crop of glitzy restaurants. Now, the anchor spot at 100 E. Pratt St. is alive again. Since opening there in early March, Brio, a chain based in Columbus, Ohio, has in short order managed to liven up its location more than its predecessor ever did. Brio has done more than just occupy a moribund space; it has energized it. The outdoor seating already has the solid look of something permanent, a space that's ready for company.
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By Michael Dresser | September 21, 1997
1994 Monte Antico Red Tuscan Table Wine ($10).This finely crafted Italian red goes far beyond its modest legal designation to equal the finest examples of Rosso di Montalcino. Made from the classic Tuscan grape sangiovese, the Monte Antico displays amazing complexity for its price range. It's a medium- to full-bodied wine with expressive flavors of black cherry, herbs, tropical spices and smoked meat. This is a wine that begs to be served with grilled food. It has the structure to last a couple of years but will never be better than now. A terrific selection by importer Neil Empson.
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July 4, 2005
Tuscan Lodge #202, AF&AM, announces with regret the passing of Past Master Al EXANDER E. KNOX, and extends sincerest sympathy to his family. A Masonic Memorial Service will be held Monday July 4 at 2 P.M. at the Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Rd., Timonium, MD. WILLIAM R.C. GRAU JRWorshipful Master
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN WINE CRITIC | August 2, 2000
Some vintages are great because they produce powerful and long-lasting wines. Some vintages are great because they produce young wines of exquisite fruit and irresistible charm. And then - ever so rarely - comes along a greater than great vintage that delivers both. Red Bordeaux in 1982. The Rhone in 1990. Vintage port in 1985 and 1994. And now Tuscany is getting its turn. The top 1997s from this classic Italian wine region are beginning to flow into the American marketplace. Affordable as well as exquisite, they are not to be missed.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,SUN STAFF | June 26, 2002
Newly retired and ready to relax, Jeanne Leaning traveled to the south of France to see the Roman architecture, stroll past the sparkling fountains and soak up the sun. Yet the place where she lingered longest wasn't an artist studio or ancient cathedral. It wasn't even a shaded sidewalk cafe. One of her favorite places was in front of a stove. Comfortably seated around a long table in a 17th-century chateau, Leaning and her daughter joined four other couples from the Baltimore area last summer in learning the fine points of Provencal cooking.
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By Michael Dresser | February 28, 1993
These Tuscan red wines, purchased in Maryland stores for less than $20, were tasted in recent weeks. They are listed, along with the name of the importer, in rough order of preference.Excellent* 1990 Podere Il Poggiolo Rosso di Montalcino (Marc de Grazia selection, $15.99). A sensational wine, not huge in body but with an elegant, piercing purity of flavor. Lovely now, but three to five years of aging should bring the intense black cherry and herb flavors even more tightly into focus.1990 Cru Montetondo Chianti Classico (Marc di Grazia Selections, $12)
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2011
A Brio Tuscan Grille will open in the Inner Harbor space at 100 E. Pratt St. where a Legal Seafood operated for a few years before closing in spring 2008. Brio is one of two brands out of the Columbus, Ohio-based Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc. Bravo Cucina Italiana is the "polished casual" brand, Brio more upscale restaurant.A colleague says her parents swear by the Bravo in Pittsburgh. Take a look at the Brio website and the Bravo website. Which one do you think would do better in that space -- Bravo or Brio?
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2012
BRIO Tuscan Grille is headed for a March 2 opening. The restaurant will be located on the corner of Pratt and Calvert streets, in a space formerly occupied by a Legal Seafood. BRIO will occupy 7,200 square feet at 100 East Pratt Street , with indoor seating for 180 in addition to a 16-seat bar and 69-seat terrace. BRIO, which is described as "an upscale affordable restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine," will be open seven nights a week for dinner, weekdays for lunch and weekends for a "Bellini brunch.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2011
A Brio Tuscan Grille will open in the Inner Harbor space at 100 E. Pratt St. where a Legal Seafood operated for a few years before closing in spring 2008. Brio is one of two brands out of the Columbus, Ohio-based Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc. Bravo Cucina Italiana is the "polished casual" brand, Brio more upscale restaurant.A colleague says her parents swear by the Bravo in Pittsburgh. Take a look at the Brio website and the Bravo website. Which one do you think would do better in that space -- Bravo or Brio?
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By Richard Gorelick | July 12, 2011
Pizzazz Tuscan Grille closed last month at the Pier V Hotel. I only just heard about it, which says something. Elizabeth Large reviewed Pizzazz positively two years ago, shortly after its opening .I never made it there, and I have to say I was never tempted to drop in. Pizzazz isn't the first restaurant to come a cropper in this restaurant space, which probably needs to be redesigned.  There are some intriguing messages from the owners on...
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,elizabeth.large@baltsun.com | September 6, 2009
Pizzazz Tuscan Grille, the latest tenant in the Pier V Hotel dining space, is a restaurant I want to love. And you will, too. It has all the right things going for it. First of all, the food is Italian - a cuisine that seems to be surviving better than many in this recession. The nice thing about Italian food is that it always seems wonderfully indulgent, even when it's the budget version. And at Pizzazz, you hardly notice that this is what the owners call "new Italian," with an emphasis on healthful ingredients, organic when possible, grain- and vegetable-heavy and meat-light.
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By ELIZABETH LARGE | July 29, 2009
Who knew that Baltimore was hungry for a pizza and pasta place that was health-conscious, locally sourced and organic when possible? Pizzazz Tuscan Grille (711 Eastern Ave., 410-528-7772), in the Pier V Hotel but independently operated, has been a hit since it opened last month. At breakfast free-range eggs, soy sausage, turkey bacon, green smoothies and a wheat grass shot are on the menu - but also bananas Foster crepes and eggs Benedict. Later in the day you can get an Italian cold cut sandwich but also a Get the Glow Raw Wrap or a black bean vegan burger.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | May 10, 2006
2001 Villa Cerna Chianti Classico Riserva ($22) This lush, ripe, structured and complex Chianti Classico delivers both pleasure in the short term and the promise of great things with time. It's a full-bodied Tuscan red with generous flavors of black cherry, blueberry, herbs and smoked meat. Despite firm tannins, it shows a smooth texture that makes it appealing now if given a bit of breathing time. It should age well for 10 to 15 years. Serve with grilled red meats or Tuscan cuisine.
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By Richard Gorelick | July 12, 2011
Pizzazz Tuscan Grille closed last month at the Pier V Hotel. I only just heard about it, which says something. Elizabeth Large reviewed Pizzazz positively two years ago, shortly after its opening .I never made it there, and I have to say I was never tempted to drop in. Pizzazz isn't the first restaurant to come a cropper in this restaurant space, which probably needs to be redesigned.  There are some intriguing messages from the owners on...
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2012
BRIO Tuscan Grille is headed for a March 2 opening. The restaurant will be located on the corner of Pratt and Calvert streets, in a space formerly occupied by a Legal Seafood. BRIO will occupy 7,200 square feet at 100 East Pratt Street , with indoor seating for 180 in addition to a 16-seat bar and 69-seat terrace. BRIO, which is described as "an upscale affordable restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine," will be open seven nights a week for dinner, weekdays for lunch and weekends for a "Bellini brunch.
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July 4, 2005
Tuscan Lodge #202, AF&AM, announces with regret the passing of Past Master Al EXANDER E. KNOX, and extends sincerest sympathy to his family. A Masonic Memorial Service will be held Monday July 4 at 2 P.M. at the Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Rd., Timonium, MD. WILLIAM R.C. GRAU JRWorshipful Master
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By Marie Gullard and Marie Gullard,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 4, 2004
Ruth Mierzwicki leads the way from her double-door front entrance, through a cinnamon-colored foyer and into the circular, open layout of her Monkton home. A glassed-in north wing is beyond the living room where her tropical paradise awaits. Here, a 16-by-40-foot indoor pool is framed in limestone and surrounded by sandstone blocks. Wicker easy chairs sit on the deck, along with a bar area, wrought iron table and chairs, a jukebox and several plants. Waterfall in pool A waterfall gurgles in the northeast corner of the pool, while the living room stereo system pipes music throughout the 82-degree climate-controlled space.
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