Little Italy

Longtime Little Italy restaurant Velleggia’s making a comeback at Cross Street Market

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Chefs Brenden Hudson and David Montaguedo will be opening Velleggia’s in 2,000 sq. ft. space at Cross Street Market in Federal Hill. Velleggia’s will occupy a closed-off space in the market previously occupied by Rooster & Hen.

Blue Dog BBQ to take over Heavy Seas Alehouse space in Little Italy, targeting July opening

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An Arnold-based barbecue purveyor specializing in wood-smoked, whole-hog ‘cue is taking over the newly vacant Heavy Seas Alehouse space on Bank Street.

Heavy Seas Alehouse in Little Italy to close this week, new restaurant coming

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Baltimore’s Heavy Seas Alehouse will be closing this weekend to make way for a new eatery taking over the Bank Street space.

Proposed Apartments Near Little Italy Gain 7 Stories, While Project Planned for North Roland Park Loses a Floor

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Rendering of a planned apartment building near Little Italy, via AvalonBay Communities

A luxury apartment building planned for a site near Little Italy and Harbor East has grown by seven stories and gained a co-developer. In North Roland Park, meanwhile, a proposed apartment complex has lost a level.

4,000-Square-Foot Pallazo-Style Townhouse In Little Italy Asks $1.985M

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Hot House: 229 South Exeter Street, Baltimore MD 21202

Four-story, brick, Federal-style townhouse, circa 1900 with two outdoor terraces, penthouse sunroom and an elevator to all floors. 2007 luxury renovation, 2012 expansion with center skylight. Three bedrooms, 3.5 baths over 3, 750 sq. ft., with additional finished basement. Nine-foot ceilings, marble entrance hall, hardwood floors throughout. Custom wood moldings and trim, marble floors and countertops. Large living room at main level, large second-floor family room and gourmet open-plan kitchen with French doors to balcony, marble counters, Wolf range, Sub-Zero fridge. Master bedroom has a private entrance, custom double closets. Top-floor studio w/three double French doors, teak decking, panoramic city views. Custom lighting and whole house audio, security systems. Two-car garage on secured, gated alley: $1,985,000

Happy July: Little Italy’s Outdoor Summer Film Series Has Arrived

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photo courtesy Little Italy

catch of the day fish (2)For many it’s the start of a new fiscal year and the holiday weekend. In Little Italy, it’s time to grab a lawn chair and point the projector at Ciao Bella Restaurant.

More Tortillas for Baltimore, Hooray!

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Fells Point’s Tortilleria Sinaloa is my favorite spot in town to buy tortillas. The small (only 8 seats!) Mexican cafe makes its tortillas fresh every day, and customers can walk away with a stack of warm, paper-wrapped tortillas to take home. Lucky for us, Tortilleria Sinaloa is opening another location in Baltimore–which means more tortillas. Which means more happiness.

Baltimore Orioles Take Over Mustang Alley on Day Off

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Manny Machado Celebrity BaseBowl

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is “Miami 305 to the heart,” but the bat-throwing, salsa-peddling All-Star said he’s been looking for a way to give back to the Baltimore community. He settled on hosting the Manny Machado Celebrity BaseBowl on Thursday.

I have not patronized every bowling establishment in the city, but I would be surprised if there were swankier one than Mustang Alley’s Bar Bowling and Bistro in Little Italy, where the BaseBowl took place. Seriously, you have to see this place.

Condo Cum Gallery, Plus Contents, In Canal Street Malt House

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Hot House: 1220 Bank Street #102, Baltimore, MD 21202

Luxury industrial style loft condo, circa 2005, in historic building, circa 1881.  Brick exterior with interior walls of exposed brick and  concrete. 18’ ceilings. 1,599 sq. ft. with 1 bedroom, 1.5 baths, gourmet kitchen, spa master bath. Private rear patio. Parking, w/ direct access to condo from garage: $569,999 * (see NB)

What: The Canal Street Malt house takes up a full block in what’s left of Little Italy, just north of Harbor East. It was actually a brewer’s malt warehouse back in the day, when Central Avenue was called Canal Street because a water channel (now underground) ran straight down the middle. Two new wings were added when the malt house became luxury condominiums back in 2005, but happily, this loft is in the original building and retains some nice details and an industrial feel. It’s an impressive space, with soaring ceilings perfect for large-scale art work, tall south-facing windows, vertical iron beams and exposed piping. The floors command attention too – wide plank Brazilian cherry, cork upstairs, textured marble in the bathrooms.  (The art and much of the furniture, including an amazing clear blue acrylic table designed by Elizabeth Paige Smith, is for sale.) The space’s distinctive look is the result of a collaboration between designer Tracy Reichert and decorative painter/painting contractor Christopher Licata. The interior has open floor plan, with sleek kitchen overlooking the larger living space. Metal staircase rises to the loft master bedroom, which has custom designed built-ins, walk in closets, dressing area and spa bath with separate shower. Downstairs again, the back patio off the main space is private. A gate leads to central courtyard garden.  Condo fees are $302/month, includes maintenance, sewer, snow and trash removal, water.

Is Private Security the Answer to Baltimore’s Crime Woes?

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As you may have heard, Baltimore is having a pretty crime-y summer. In circumstances like these, it’s hard to fault anyone for wanting a little more protection. But are private security patrols — like those hired or considering being hired by Charles Village, Little Italy, and Highlandtown — a good idea?

EVENT OF THE DAY: CINEMA AL FRESCO

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6:00pm – 9:00pm | FREE!

One of Little Italy’s more popular events, the Open Air Film Fest has thrived since 1999. Arrive early to set up a lawn chair (limited folding chairs provided), stroll the neighborhood and eat dinner at one of the neighborhood’s many restaurants before settling in to watch an Italian-related feature film. Movies are projected onto the outside wall of Ciao Bella Restaurant in the Da Mimmo Ristorante parking lot from a rowhome across the street, thanks to the kindness of its owner. Ray Lancelotta, nephew of the previous homeowner, the late “Mr. John” Pente, wholeheartedly supports the Film Fest, as did his uncle. Mr. John had allowed a projector to be set up in his third floor bedroom window since the inception of this event, all for the good of the neighborhood. Mr. John passed away in 2011 at age 100 and had lived in the house all of his life.
TONIGHT’S FILM:  July 12 – To Rome with Love (R, 112 minutes) Romance! Adventure! Hilarity! Italy! Woody Allen leads this all-star cast on a rollicking ride through the streets of one of the world’s greatest cities. Lovers and fiancés, opera singers and architects, the talented and the famous, and the youthful and the wise, are all players within this engaging film as their stories and lives magically crisscross and collide.

Go here for more info.

Sail the Heavy Seas of IPAs: IPA Tasting at Heavy Seas Ale House

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The simple pleasure of a cold Natty Boh is undeniable.  However, it is important to mix things up every now and again for the sake of keeping an open mind and exposing yourself to new things.  In a pinch, you could grab something that looks exciting at The Wine Source, or maybe try something seasonal from Brewer’s.  But how is one supposed to truly learn about good beer versus bad beer, quality craft versus generic, watery, low-calorie beer-like substances?  You need both exposure, and someone to lead you down the path to Beer Enlightenment.

Get Moonstruck Tonight in Little Italy

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BRING A CHAIR…
TO THE ANNUAL LITTLE ITALY
OPEN AIR FILM FESTIVAL 2012
Showing July 6th, 9 p.m.:
   Moonstruck PG 102 minutes
-When the moon is full, anything can happen! And it does in this acclaimed romantic comedy about the lives and loves of an extended Italian-American family in Brooklyn. Cher won the Academy Award® as Best Actress for her outstanding performance in this heartwarming celebration of life, love, and family

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