My boyfriend and I love little Italy.
We have one restaurant that we go to religiously down there, but with this place being one of the ones participating in restaurant week we decided to give it a try. We made a reservation for a Saturday at 7:30 and we arrived 5 minutes early. The doorway near the hostess stand was packed with folks, but no one was at the hostess stand. We waited 10 minutes (or more) until someone finally came back to the hostess stand and we checked in with them. While waiting another 15 minutes we witnessed an older, grouchy waitress come up to the hostess stand and proceed to complain to the hostess in front of a crowd of people how ridiculous everything was and so forth. I have worked in the restaurant business for over 13 years and understand the stress and periodic need to complain, but you NEVER do so at the very front of the restaurant, at the hostess stand, in front of people who haven't even dined with you yet!
Then a different hostess with menus asked "who were the first 2 people waiting for a table?" We walk over to her seeing as how the rest of the folks seemed to be with a larger party. Then another couple walks over (who came in the door long after us) while we are standing there when my boyfriend answered that we were the couple waiting she asked, "Really?" as if we were lying seeing the other couple standing there. The girl from the other couple then had to answer that we were there first. So here we're already a bit upset to be put in that situation thinking it was extremely unprofessional and not our job to point out which party was to be sat first.
Once we're sat, lucky us...we have the grouchy, older waitress. It took her 20 minutes to even get our drink. 15 minutes to bring out the bottle of wine and then just walked away. We had to wait another 25 minutes trying to get her attention to order appetizers. Realizing the time that was already wasted, we tried to get her attention several times to order our dinner. We didn't order our main course for another 30 minutes when the appetizers were brought out. Our entire night was basically wasted and this doesn't even include how awful the food was.
Point blank...spend your money else where. This place is not worth the money or time. It's equivalent to a McDonald's of Italian food. This is coming from someone who's Italian and works in the restaurant business.
Great Food and Service. Wonderful experience! The food was excellent! Management and service were also great!
Loved it. Great meal every time I have been there. The servers are pleasant and the table-side salads are terrific and fresh!
Horrible salad. My friend and I went there for lunch. We had been told the house salad was to die for, but when I tasted it, I thought I was going to die! There was a huge mound of soggy iceberg lettuce weighed down with tons and tons of parmesean cheese and dressing. That is all there was to the salad! There was no way it could be eaten. That was the worst salad I have ever had in my life. The waiter was kind and did not charge me for it, since I sent it back when I was unable to eat it.
Okay, this is my first online review about anything.....That should be a clue about how unhappy me and my friend were about this meal.....
I can only hope that other restaurants in Baltimore's Little Italy are a whole lot better than Chiapparelli's!
Maybe we chose the wrong restaurant. It looked good online, and it had decent reviews, BUT----- to start off, the house salad was made with iceberg lettuce (HELLO! How about a little ROMAINE??). The dressing, by the way, was pretty good, but the lettuce was completely soggy, and of course, tasteless. It was scarcely edible. I ordered one of the house specialties, Vitello Leo. Again, it sounded awesome online and on the menu, but it was actually terrible. REALLY BAD. My friend ordered the Osso Bucco, and while the meat was nice and tender, it was horribly mediocre tasting. The upside? The bread was pretty decent. I needed that to fill in for having to push most of my meal aside. Sadly, the waitress we had did not care AT ALL!
These folks would do themselves a huge favor by checking out the Italian restaurants in North Boston. Those folks know how to do Italian right!
Avoid..... Where do I start.... The restaurant is jammed, tables one on top of another to begin with so forget an intimate setting. The service was HORRIBLE, we must have waited 15 minutes until the server even noticed we were sitting there. As for the food it was mediocre at best, though the Chip salad was actually decent. I would not reccomend this place.
Editorial Review by Christy Buena. Located in Little Italy, the Italian restaurant serves fresh seafood and meat pasta dishes in casually elegant atmosphere.
Calimari is best around; Chip salad is # 1!. This is the most fantastic little eatery I have ever been to. The service is always fantastic with a wonderful family atmosphere. My wife and I were recently there (without reservations) on a Friday night. We waited for about 45 minutes for a table (with our 5 year old). The staff was so kind that they even brought out a plate of french fries for our son while we waited. We have eaten there several times and I took my boss and potential new boss there for lunch and they were impressed.
great lunch. Three colleagues and I had lunch at this delightful restaurant in Little Italy, Baltimore. We shared a plate of Calamari for appetizer. The calamari was tender and the deep-frying light enough to preserve the taste; the marinara sauce was pretty good. For a main course three of us ate Antipasto Neapolitan with shrimp. The antipasto contained fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, roasted red peppers, capers and olives with a dressing of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. It was excellent and the combination of antipasto and shared calamari was a perfect size for lunch. Lunch for 4, with service $70.00
A Favorite. This is a great family, neighborhood restaurant. The waitstaff has always been pleasant and the food has never been disappointing. Used to live in Little Italy and would always run down for their salad and bread to take home! We eat here at least four times a year, often with a large party.
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