Baltimore Eats: Chiapparelli’s

So it’s no secret I love Italian food. Every Christmas and Thanksgiving we have the traditional foods but we also throw in some stuffed shells or lasagna. Speaking of lasagna, that was the first food I remember learning to make and it’s something I haven’t made in years! I’m adding that to my “to-make” list asap!

Little Italy in Baltimore is a SHORT walk from work but I had still never been so I rallied my foodie bestie Renee to come check it out with me.

I was kicking myself when we scheduled this dinner during the coldest two weeks Maryland has ever seen but by the grace of the Gods the day we planned to have dinner was a balmy (ha!) 50 degrees. We had both heard great things about Chiapparelli’s and decided to give it a go. Walking up to the restaurant was one of my favorite parts of the evening because it was early in the evening, the sun was sinking behind the buildings and the streets were empty so we were able to walk through the streets without worrying about cars zooming past us. As we walked up to the restaurant we could peek into the windows and see the tables set to perfection and one dainty flower beautifully adorned each table.

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We were the first people to be seated for dinner and were immediately given a basket of incredible italian bread. We opted to not divulge in wine and instead to fill our bellies until we couldn’t eat anymore.

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After nibbling on some of the soft bread and catching up for a bit we were given two HEAPING plates of salad. I love salad but I’m the kind of person who prefers to make my own salad in my home with only the ingredients that I prefer. When I eat out I tend to pick more OUT of my salad than actually eat but the plate they set in front of me looked incredible. Grated cheese and homemade italian dressing coated the lettuce and homemade croutons.

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I am lactose intolerant which is unfortunate when eating italian food but thank goodness for Lactaid pills. Since the salad had so much cheese on it I opted to get simple spaghetti with meatballs instead of a cheesy plate so I could enjoy the dinner. It was so good. You can’t mess up angel hair pasta but you can mess up a meatball but not this time.

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To top it off we were able to bring home two meals worth of leftovers and watch this incredible sunset during dinner.

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  • http://www.haleyspace.blogspot.ca/ Haley Junks

    What a nice outing for you and your friend. A romantic Italian meal! The cheesy stuff looked really, really good. I didn’t know you were lactose intolerant. How unfair!