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Little Italy’s Open Air Film Fest


Film Fest

catch of the day fish (2)You’ve got to hand it to the folks who invented pizza and pasta—they know what makes a good time and what makes a party. Just as a traditional Italian meal includes course upon course of meticulously crafted food, Little Italy’s summer outdoor film series offers so much more than just the chance to plop down for a flick. In Little Italy, the evening begins with a stroll through the neighborhood and (if you’re smart) a movie night dinner special at one of its amazing restaurants. Many even offer carryout for the occasion. Then there’s live music at 7pm and a film at 9. So we can easily guarantee you’ll be full by the time you head home.

House of The Day: Luxe Industrial Loft In Little Italy


1220 Bank Street, Little Italy
2 bedroom(s), 3 bathroom(s)
2,750 square feet
1220 Bank Street
1220 Bank Street
1220 Bank Street
1220 Bank Street
1220 Bank Street
1220 Bank Street
1220 Bank Street
1220 Bank Street
1220 Bank Street
1220 Bank Street

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




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.

Get Moonstruck Tonight in Little Italy

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

New Businesses Say "Buon Giorno" to Little Italy


Courtesy of BMore Media – Baltimore’s Little Italy has always been known as the place to go for a cannoli, your 19th viewing of “Cinema Paradiso,” and to watch a round of bocce.
But as younger residents move to the area and more money flows into nearby Harbor East, new businesses are opening up to cater to them while existing ones are making upgrades so they can compete for visitors.
An Asian restaurant will open in the former Velleggia’s Italian Restaurant spot – a neighborhood staple for more than 50 years. A made-to-order wine shop will open in the building that once held Mama Cellina’s. A farm-to-table eatery will join two other restaurants that have recently opened in Little Italy’s periphery. And a contemporary, black-and-white themed bed and breakfast opened in August.
“The restaurants have benefited from Harbor East, bringing in new customers and attracting people,” says Lou Mazzulli Jr., president of the Little Italy Business Association. “Around here, we call it Little Italy South,” he says of Harbor East. The area is home to a new Four Seasons Baltimore, upscale condos and swanky restaurants. 
One of the newest additions to Little Italy is Eagle House, which will feature Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisine, including sushi. Owner Kong Chen, who also owns Federal Hill’s, is spending $300,000 to renovate the former Velleggia’s space. He says he hopes the 300-seat restaurant will open in a couple of months and to secure a liquor license down the road. Terry Coffman II closed Velleggia’s in Little Italy in late 2008, after filing for bankruptcy protection. 

Of course, Asian restaurants aren’t entirely foreign to the area, home of India Rasoi. Having a variety of restaurants — and not just Italian — brings new faces to the area, Mazzulli says. Max’s Empanadas opened in 2010 and Pacific Coast Dining Co. began serving up Thai, Greek and Mexican cuisine last year. 
Besides the traditional restaurants that have been a Little Italy mainstay, smaller establishments like Isabella’s Brick Oven and Panini are also vying for the attention of hungry visitors.
“When we considered opening down here, we saw a real need for a pizza place,” says co-owner Dan Stewart. “There were plenty of white tablecloth restaurants like Chiapparelli’s and Sabatino’s, but no real pizza joints.”
Stewart says he has been working with other restaurant owners to add outdoor seating and coordinate on promotions.

Read the full story at Bmoremedia.com