Amiccis

★★★★☆
  • 231 S High St

    Baltimore, MD 21202

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  • 410-528-1096

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This was the worst restaurant experience we've had in years. After making the trouble to make a reservation we thought we'd surely be treated to a nice (or at least decent) table. Instead, we were seated right outside of the kitchen at a rickety table that was in the most high traffic area in the entire restaurant. The menu was disappointing to say the least. Everything was the same with only slight variations. The wine list was a joke. Our waitress was a teenager that was so hyper that we thought she was on something. After choosing salads and a bottle of severly overpriced chianti and lasagna, our food arrived with in short order. The salads literally took 30 seconds to arrive, which didn't give us the feeling they were made just for us. After having just a couple bites of the salad the lasagna arrived. At this point, we had had enough of our table in the high traffic area and asked the manager to re-seat us. With in minutes he scooped up our plates and moved us-- to the bar. The bar had blaring 80s music, sports on tv and Christmas lights hanging from the ceiling. After eating less than half of the flavorless lasagna (save your money and get some frozen stoffer's lasagna instead) we were treated to a bill of $70, and no offer for desert (I don't think they even have any). This was the WORST restaurant experience I've had in years. If there was a zero star rating, this restaurant would earn it.

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★☆☆☆☆

This was the worst restaurant experience we've had in years. After making the trouble to make a reservation we thought we'd surely be treated to a nice (or at least decent) table. Instead, we were seated right outside of the kitchen at a rickety table that was in the most high traffic area in the entire restaurant. The menu was disappointing to say the least. Everything was the same with only slight variations. The wine list was a joke. Our waitress was a teenager that was so hyper that we thought she was on something. After choosing salads and a bottle of severly overpriced chianti and lasagna, our food arrived with in short order. The salads literally took 30 seconds to arrive, which didn't give us the feeling they were made just for us. After having just a couple bites of the salad the lasagna arrived. At this point, we had had enough of our table in the high traffic area and asked the manager to re-seat us. With in minutes he scooped up our plates and moved us-- to the bar. The bar had blaring 80s music, sports on tv and Christmas lights hanging from the ceiling. After eating less than half of the flavorless lasagna (save your money and get some frozen stoffer's lasagna instead) we were treated to a bill of $70, and no offer for desert (I don't think they even have any). This was the WORST restaurant experience I've had in years. If there was a zero star rating, this restaurant would earn it.

Pros: None

Cons: service, food, atmosphere, cleanliness, everything

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Reviews tout this restaurant as one of the "best bargins" in Little Italy, Baltimore. I now understand the reason for this, and the lack of praise of their fare. On a recent evening, prior to a show, I was part of a four-person party who landed here for dinner. The atmosphere in their bar is quite nice, but it does not feel Italian. It felt more like an attempt to be trendy (and, of course, to provide patrons an opportunity to splurge on highly proiftable drinks). We were escorted upstairs to a dingy dining room, with vynal tablecloths, poor lighting, and no music. Wearing old jeans, our waitress (who will remain nameless) neglected to welcome us, introduce herself to our party, offer the specials, or point out the wine list. As an appetizer, we ordered the "Pane's Rotundo", which is highlighted in red on their menu. The alfredo sauce was creamy, but the garlic was completely overdone -- a red flag that fresh herbs and spices were lacking. I decided to give their alfredo sauce a second chance and ordered the Tortolini. I was again, very disappointed with the lack of flavor. My wife's chicken parmigian was also very ordinary and, with bland sauce. Others in our party confirmed that their entrees were okay, at best. Now comes the most ALARMING part of the evening: they do not offer espresso! What Italian restaurant worth consideration doesn't offer espresso? I don't mean to be trite, but this was the final straw for me. After we paid our $100+ check (not exactly a bargin), I vowed to try to help others avoid this overpriced, underperforming faux-Italian eatery (really, a glorified pasta restaurant). With so many other good options within a stone's throw, I can't understand why Amicci's remains viable. I HATE to say this, but the "Olive Garden" beats the sauce out of this place, which, if done literally, would be doing a favor for anyone that can tell the difference between tomato soup and marinara sauce.

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★★☆☆☆

Reviews tout this restaurant as one of the "best bargins" in Little Italy, Baltimore. I now understand the reason for this, and the lack of praise of their fare. On a recent evening, prior to a show, I was part of a four-person party who landed here for dinner. The atmosphere in their bar is quite nice, but it does not feel Italian. It felt more like an attempt to be trendy (and, of course, to provide patrons an opportunity to splurge on highly proiftable drinks). We were escorted upstairs to a dingy dining room, with vynal tablecloths, poor lighting, and no music. Wearing old jeans, our waitress (who will remain nameless) neglected to welcome us, introduce herself to our party, offer the specials, or point out the wine list. As an appetizer, we ordered the "Pane's Rotundo", which is highlighted in red on their menu. The alfredo sauce was creamy, but the garlic was completely overdone -- a red flag that fresh herbs and spices were lacking. I decided to give their alfredo sauce a second chance and ordered the Tortolini. I was again, very disappointed with the lack of flavor. My wife's chicken parmigian was also very ordinary and, with bland sauce. Others in our party confirmed that their entrees were okay, at best. Now comes the most ALARMING part of the evening: they do not offer espresso! What Italian restaurant worth consideration doesn't offer espresso? I don't mean to be trite, but this was the final straw for me. After we paid our $100+ check (not exactly a bargin), I vowed to try to help others avoid this overpriced, underperforming faux-Italian eatery (really, a glorified pasta restaurant). With so many other good options within a stone's throw, I can't understand why Amicci's remains viable. I HATE to say this, but the "Olive Garden" beats the sauce out of this place, which, if done literally, would be doing a favor for anyone that can tell the difference between tomato soup and marinara sauce.

Pros: Not as busy as the others -- even on a Friday night

Cons: below average service and ambience. Food is very ordinary / bland. No espresso!

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Great food, affordable and full of taste. The antipasta salad is huge and the pasta portions are no smaller. The service is friendly and fast. Take in all you can eat there and enjoy some leftovers later because this food is great and there is lots of it!

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★★★★☆

Great food, affordable and full of taste. The antipasta salad is huge and the pasta portions are no smaller. The service is friendly and fast. Take in all you can eat there and enjoy some leftovers later because this food is great and there is lots of it!

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Amicci's was a great disappointment. If you want to pay inflated prices to eat tastless food off of uneven tables with vinyl tableclothes using tin cutlery in a dingy back room, this is the place for you. Maybe our expectations were raised too high by reader reviews. But after our highly unsatisfying experience, I wonder if the positive "reader" reviews weren't submitted by the restaurant. The front room is attractive, but the rest of the dining rooms are dark, unpleasant, and have greasy floors. But the worst part of the experience was the food. We ordered two appetizers and three pasta entrees (this is not an "Italian" restaurant; the limited menu makes this no more than a pasta joint) and they all tasted the same -- that's to say, they had no taste. The calamari were a congealed mass of tasteless fried dough; the red sauce with which it was served had no bite at all. The mussels were passable but rather small and tough and the garlic broth very thin. Our three pasta dishes -- a red sauce wit sausage, an alfredo sauce, and a garlic pesto -- truly tasted alike. Everyone in our party reached for the salt shaker after the first bite -- a first for me in any restaurant!

Let's face it, Baltimore's Little Italy is a pale imitation of a real ethic enclave. There's no restaurant there that can rival any authentic Italian restaurant in Washington or New York. Whatever language they speak there, the words "al dente" are clearly a foreign tounge. If you must eat there, though, pay one or two dollars more per item and eat at Sabbatino's -- at least you get a little atmosphere with your overcooked noodles. (12/04/07)

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★☆☆☆☆

Amicci's was a great disappointment. If you want to pay inflated prices to eat tastless food off of uneven tables with vinyl tableclothes using tin cutlery in a dingy back room, this is the place for you. Maybe our expectations were raised too high by reader reviews. But after our highly unsatisfying experience, I wonder if the positive "reader" reviews weren't submitted by the restaurant. The front room is attractive, but the rest of the dining rooms are dark, unpleasant, and have greasy floors. But the worst part of the experience was the food. We ordered two appetizers and three pasta entrees (this is not an "Italian" restaurant; the limited menu makes this no more than a pasta joint) and they all tasted the same -- that's to say, they had no taste. The calamari were a congealed mass of tasteless fried dough; the red sauce with which it was served had no bite at all. The mussels were passable but rather small and tough and the garlic broth very thin. Our three pasta dishes -- a red sauce wit sausage, an alfredo sauce, and a garlic pesto -- truly tasted alike. Everyone in our party reached for the salt shaker after the first bite -- a first for me in any restaurant!

Let's face it, Baltimore's Little Italy is a pale imitation of a real ethic enclave. There's no restaurant there that can rival any authentic Italian restaurant in Washington or New York. Whatever language they speak there, the words "al dente" are clearly a foreign tounge. If you must eat there, though, pay one or two dollars more per item and eat at Sabbatino's -- at least you get a little atmosphere with your overcooked noodles. (12/04/07)

Pros: reasonably friendly and quick service

Cons: Depressing atmosphere, overpriced and tasteless food. What more is there?

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"Very" Casual Eatery
I went here this last week with a Gal Pal. I tried to called for a 6:30 reservation but they couldn't do it but they could do a 7:00 at this was a Tuesday night!

This place is smaller than I expected but was perfect atmosphere. The service was quick here. Place was decorated in framed movie posters. Once we ordered I swear our food was on our table in less than 1o minutes... maybe close to 5 minutes.

I tried the Rigatoni Scotto 12.99- Rigatoni pasta tossed with Prosciutto ham, green peas, and diced plum tomatoes, sauteed in a creamy, parmesan Alfredo sauce. It was very good. My only complaint was that there may have been a few too many peas in it and the peas were a bit harder then I liked. However, overall it was VERY yummy. My Gal Pal had the Tortellini 13.99- With Peas And Prosciutto Ham
Cheese-filled tortellini sauteed with prosciutto ham and green peas in a creamy Alfredo sauce.

Overall I was very impressed and can't wait to go back.

Parking
If you can't find a street spot, steer into one of the two nearby garages and park for a nominal fee (evening rate around $3).

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★★★★☆

"Very" Casual Eatery
I went here this last week with a Gal Pal. I tried to called for a 6:30 reservation but they couldn't do it but they could do a 7:00 at this was a Tuesday night!

This place is smaller than I expected but was perfect atmosphere. The service was quick here. Place was decorated in framed movie posters. Once we ordered I swear our food was on our table in less than 1o minutes... maybe close to 5 minutes.

I tried the Rigatoni Scotto 12.99- Rigatoni pasta tossed with Prosciutto ham, green peas, and diced plum tomatoes, sauteed in a creamy, parmesan Alfredo sauce. It was very good. My only complaint was that there may have been a few too many peas in it and the peas were a bit harder then I liked. However, overall it was VERY yummy. My Gal Pal had the Tortellini 13.99- With Peas And Prosciutto Ham
Cheese-filled tortellini sauteed with prosciutto ham and green peas in a creamy Alfredo sauce.

Overall I was very impressed and can't wait to go back.

Parking
If you can't find a street spot, steer into one of the two nearby garages and park for a nominal fee (evening rate around $3).

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Good place to have lunch or dinner. The food is very tasty, the service is friendly, and the atmosphere is great.

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★★★★★

Good place to have lunch or dinner. The food is very tasty, the service is friendly, and the atmosphere is great.

Pros: Great food

Cons: Can be loud

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Amicci's is our Little Italy standard. Nothing else compares. The prices are very reasonable, the portions are HUGE and the food is always top quality. I've come with large groups before, small groups and just the two of us - always great service. The wait isn't as bad since they expanded a few years ago, but on a weekend night in Little Italy, what do you expect. When they took my favorite dish off the menu, I just asked, and they made it for me anyway. Their fried calamari is the best in town, and I'm picky about these things. I do wish you could make reservations for smaller groups, but they're always great about the big groups, and we've never had a problem whether it's 8 or 16!

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★★★★★

Amicci's is our Little Italy standard. Nothing else compares. The prices are very reasonable, the portions are HUGE and the food is always top quality. I've come with large groups before, small groups and just the two of us - always great service. The wait isn't as bad since they expanded a few years ago, but on a weekend night in Little Italy, what do you expect. When they took my favorite dish off the menu, I just asked, and they made it for me anyway. Their fried calamari is the best in town, and I'm picky about these things. I do wish you could make reservations for smaller groups, but they're always great about the big groups, and we've never had a problem whether it's 8 or 16!

Pros: casual, good value, delicious

Cons: parking, no reservations

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It really is always a pleasure to eat at Amicci's.
I read one review that the menu was not robust enough for the reviewer. This isn't the Olive Garden. I've eaten at quite a few of the Little Italy restaurants, and many are just making money, not food.
Amicci's has an excellent gravy to go on the fresh pasta, not too thin, not too anything, just right if you ask me.
The Chicken Lorenzo is excellent. The tomato-Marsala wine sauce is about as good of a sauce as I've ever had.
I always get the fresh Mozzarella of the day, I even now have my local Italian sandwich shop making a similar appetizer for me.
The service has always been fine with me. Whether it's a Friday night or a Tuesday night, I've always felt that I was well attended to.

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★★★★★

It really is always a pleasure to eat at Amicci's.
I read one review that the menu was not robust enough for the reviewer. This isn't the Olive Garden. I've eaten at quite a few of the Little Italy restaurants, and many are just making money, not food.
Amicci's has an excellent gravy to go on the fresh pasta, not too thin, not too anything, just right if you ask me.
The Chicken Lorenzo is excellent. The tomato-Marsala wine sauce is about as good of a sauce as I've ever had.
I always get the fresh Mozzarella of the day, I even now have my local Italian sandwich shop making a similar appetizer for me.
The service has always been fine with me. Whether it's a Friday night or a Tuesday night, I've always felt that I was well attended to.

Pros: tomato-Marsala wine s, Inexpensive, Not too crowded

Cons: , tough parking

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Although the amibance and dining rooms were nicely decorated, that was about the only thing that was nice about the whole restaurant. Our server was disinterested and obviously unhappy in her job of serving us. For food, I was sorely disappointed. The house salad, typically a dish that people order expecting traditional simplicity, was too harsh and spicy, and drenched in parmesan cheese (an OVERWHELMING amount of parmesan cheese). Moving onto my entree, the chicken of the chicken marsala was stringy, and the marsala sauce did not taste like marsala sauce. It was ovely sweet. The marinara sauce was also too sweet. I felt as if the chef had dumped two cups of sugar into the sauce to make it taste decent. Overall, I found the menu limiting, the service bad, and the food worse. I don't care what the other reviews said. This place was horrible.

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★☆☆☆☆

Although the amibance and dining rooms were nicely decorated, that was about the only thing that was nice about the whole restaurant. Our server was disinterested and obviously unhappy in her job of serving us. For food, I was sorely disappointed. The house salad, typically a dish that people order expecting traditional simplicity, was too harsh and spicy, and drenched in parmesan cheese (an OVERWHELMING amount of parmesan cheese). Moving onto my entree, the chicken of the chicken marsala was stringy, and the marsala sauce did not taste like marsala sauce. It was ovely sweet. The marinara sauce was also too sweet. I felt as if the chef had dumped two cups of sugar into the sauce to make it taste decent. Overall, I found the menu limiting, the service bad, and the food worse. I don't care what the other reviews said. This place was horrible.

Cons: Marinara Sauce, Chicken Marsala, House Salad

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I'm not sure what plenet that last reviewer came from but that review is way off the mark. I'm a born and bred NY Italian and I think Amicci's is probably the best Italian around. The food is classic, southern Italian and if you leave there hungry, it's your own fault! It's a comfy place and not as pretentious as some of the other, higher priced places in that area.

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★★★★★

I'm not sure what plenet that last reviewer came from but that review is way off the mark. I'm a born and bred NY Italian and I think Amicci's is probably the best Italian around. The food is classic, southern Italian and if you leave there hungry, it's your own fault! It's a comfy place and not as pretentious as some of the other, higher priced places in that area.

Pros: great food, fast service

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I found the choice of items pretty lame and underwhelming. Brought a friend here who had never seen Little Italy in Baltimore based on the reviews and we were both disappointed. The atmosphere is cute, but the menu is pretty lame. Don't come here for a "Little Italy" or a real Italian flavor. Fine for a quick lunch, but not to impress anyone.
Service was unfriendly and brusque at first, but warmed up based on the look of our faces!

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★★★☆☆

I found the choice of items pretty lame and underwhelming. Brought a friend here who had never seen Little Italy in Baltimore based on the reviews and we were both disappointed. The atmosphere is cute, but the menu is pretty lame. Don't come here for a "Little Italy" or a real Italian flavor. Fine for a quick lunch, but not to impress anyone.
Service was unfriendly and brusque at first, but warmed up based on the look of our faces!

Pros: affordable

Cons: , ambiance

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ON A SATURDAY NIGHT DATE WITH MY GIRL FRIEND WE BOTH EXPERIENCED AMICCI'S AND LITTLE ITALY FOR THE FIRST TIME. WHEN THEY SAY A VERY CASUAL PLACE THEY MEAN IT I HAD THE ONLY TIE IN THE ENTIRE PLACE. THE STAFF WAS VERY ATTENTIVE AND GOT EVERYTHING PERFECT FIRST TRY. THE FOOD WAS FINE EXCEPT I'M NOT USED TO SHELLS BEING ON MY SHRIMP EVEN IF IT WAS JUST THE TAIL. THE AMBIENCE WAS GREAT AND MADE FOR AN ALMOST PERFECT NIGHT.

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★★★★★

ON A SATURDAY NIGHT DATE WITH MY GIRL FRIEND WE BOTH EXPERIENCED AMICCI'S AND LITTLE ITALY FOR THE FIRST TIME. WHEN THEY SAY A VERY CASUAL PLACE THEY MEAN IT I HAD THE ONLY TIE IN THE ENTIRE PLACE. THE STAFF WAS VERY ATTENTIVE AND GOT EVERYTHING PERFECT FIRST TRY. THE FOOD WAS FINE EXCEPT I'M NOT USED TO SHELLS BEING ON MY SHRIMP EVEN IF IT WAS JUST THE TAIL. THE AMBIENCE WAS GREAT AND MADE FOR AN ALMOST PERFECT NIGHT.

Pros: REASONABLE PRICES, GREAT ATMOSPHERE, GREAT SERVICE

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We went here because it was greatly recommended, but i disagree with my friend who told me about it. First off, we waited for about a half hour only to enter a hot and stuffy dining room that resembled my daughter's elementary school cafeteria. The food was satisfactory for the price and the service was less than attentive. Stick with Little Italy tried and true.

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★★☆☆☆

We went here because it was greatly recommended, but i disagree with my friend who told me about it. First off, we waited for about a half hour only to enter a hot and stuffy dining room that resembled my daughter's elementary school cafeteria. The food was satisfactory for the price and the service was less than attentive. Stick with Little Italy tried and true.

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: , Crowded, Long Wait

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Amiccis in Baltimore's Little Italy doesn't impress by it's atmosphere, the place is rather small up front but available dining area in the rear. What attracts me is the cuisine, the flavor and the ingredients owner Roland has his chefs enhance the food. The prices can't be beat. It's not the type where you worry if your dressed properly. Come as you are. There is plenty to eat the and the menu is varied. I have never tasted a salad dressing like the one Ihad in any other restaurant. Ever! Some special secret ingredient!!!

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★★★★★

Amiccis in Baltimore's Little Italy doesn't impress by it's atmosphere, the place is rather small up front but available dining area in the rear. What attracts me is the cuisine, the flavor and the ingredients owner Roland has his chefs enhance the food. The prices can't be beat. It's not the type where you worry if your dressed properly. Come as you are. There is plenty to eat the and the menu is varied. I have never tasted a salad dressing like the one Ihad in any other restaurant. Ever! Some special secret ingredient!!!

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The portions are huge and the price is reasonable. The Pasta Lorenzo..(I think that's the name) was great with lots of veggies. It seems small from the outside but it can accomodate a large group. The only complaint was the waiting area..too small.

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★★★★☆

The portions are huge and the price is reasonable. The Pasta Lorenzo..(I think that's the name) was great with lots of veggies. It seems small from the outside but it can accomodate a large group. The only complaint was the waiting area..too small.

Pros: Inexpensive, Big portions

Cons: Crowded, wating area too small

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I have visited AMICCIS 4 different times and have always left happy-content-and with leftovers.The portions are large and the prices small.what a great buy for the thrifty business traveler

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★★★★☆

I have visited AMICCIS 4 different times and have always left happy-content-and with leftovers.The portions are large and the prices small.what a great buy for the thrifty business traveler

Pros: inexpensive, large portions

Cons: lack of parking

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Delicious, innovative, fresh food served promptly. A short menu, it could have more variety. But the food was out of this word. Lots of food for the money, relatively cheap. The "garlic - shrimp" bread is out of this world, and the fresh mozarella is out of this word. No one in my large group had a complaint, except maybe it was hot, needs to be air conditioned.

2
★★★★★

Delicious, innovative, fresh food served promptly. A short menu, it could have more variety. But the food was out of this word. Lots of food for the money, relatively cheap. The "garlic - shrimp" bread is out of this world, and the fresh mozarella is out of this word. No one in my large group had a complaint, except maybe it was hot, needs to be air conditioned.

Pros: tasty, innovative, authentic

Cons: room too hot, too small

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You have to try this restaurant for the Penne Rotundo - it is absolutely amazing!

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★★★★★

You have to try this restaurant for the Penne Rotundo - it is absolutely amazing!

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Great food, large portions, reasonable price. What's not to love?

Note: You must try the Pane Rotunde (might be misspelled but they'll know what you're talking about).

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★★★★★

Great food, large portions, reasonable price. What's not to love?

Note: You must try the Pane Rotunde (might be misspelled but they'll know what you're talking about).

Pros: Inexpensive, Panne Rotund

Cons: Limited parking

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Amiccis is a fabulously casual italian restaurant in Little Italy but has some of the best italian food around Baltimore. I have yet to find a restaurant that can top Amiccis pasta dishes. If you want a night on the town where you don't have to get glitzed up to eat great food and have a great time then this is a great place to be!!

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★★★★★

Amiccis is a fabulously casual italian restaurant in Little Italy but has some of the best italian food around Baltimore. I have yet to find a restaurant that can top Amiccis pasta dishes. If you want a night on the town where you don't have to get glitzed up to eat great food and have a great time then this is a great place to be!!

Pros: Casual, Great Food, Great Staff

Cons: Not romantic

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Amicci's continues to offer good basics---mussels marinara, tortellini with peas and prosciutto, sausage cacciatore, hearty rather than airy potato gnocchi---at prices that won't require a second mortgage. That's saying something for a…

 

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