Whining & Dining

Monday night is Crazy Pasta Night (Lunedi Pazza Pasta) at Pazza Luna Trattoria Italiano in Locust Point--now-you can enjoy their amazing pasta-- family-style! You get three selections of pasta per table: vegetarian, meat and seafood with refills as well as house salad with refills. It’s only $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 years of age and younger. They have a unique selection of Lombardy wines – for $20 and an ala carte menu is also available. Do yourself a favor and check this out—it will become one of your all time fave spots. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Pazza Luna is located at 1401 E. Clement Street and reservations are suggested. Go to PazzaLuna.us.

If you’re looking for really good-and good for you fast food, go to Chipotle. There are lots ‘o locations—Goucher Boulevard, Shawan Road, Arundel Mills, two on York Road, just to mention a few.  Chipotle serves what they call “food with integrity. Their philosophy is that they can always do better in terms of the food they buy. Better in every sense. Better tasting, coming from better sources, better for the environment, better for the animals, and better for the farmers who raise the animals and grow the produce. So—we’re talking about unprocessed, seasonal, family-farmed, sustainable, nutritious, naturally raised, added hormone free, organic, and artisanal. A great idea to grab some grub on the go as you race around preparing for the holidays. Go to Chipotle.com.

Baltimore’s recently opened Hollywood Burger Bistro at 845 South Montford Avenue is ahead of 2011 burger trends offering natural Certified Angus Beef (CAB) where cattle handling and feeding guidelines are carefully monitored and strictly enforced. No antibiotics –cattle are fed a top quality vegetarian diet and the beef is minimally processed, without artificial or added ingredients. What does this mean? It means natural beef that tastes better and is better for you. And—you can build-your-own 10 oz burger or pick from the celebrity named combo burgers like the Sylvester Stallone Burger - sautéed onions, mixed peppers with provolone cheese and the Mohammad Ali Burger – blackened with bleu cheese crumble. Local celeb burgers range from John Waters Burger – crab dip, bacon, Fontina cheese to the O’Malley Burger – broiled crab cake on top of CAB burger, cheddar cheese, and tomato topped with an imperial sauce. There are gluten free and veggie options as well. Johnson and Wales’s graduate, Chef Walter Vernago formerly of Ropewalk Tavern in Baltimore is executive chef, top toque, at Hollywood Burger Bistro. Go to HollywoodBurgerBistro.com.

Gorditos Café (Mexican home-style food) at 336 North Charles Street has closed after being open for a little over a month. The sign on the door says, “We thank everyone for their patronage. Due to personal family matters, we will be closed until further notice.” Hmmmmm


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