236 S HIGH ST, BALTIMORE, MD 21202 – 410-685-7733
A friend took us to lunch at the wonderful Ciao Bella restaurant in the Italian section of Baltimore. We were there during the week and sadly the restaurant was not that busy. Hopefully it was because many people were away for the holidays. It had nothing to do with the food, everything was really good. The restaurant is not big, maybe 20 tables in all. Noise was not a factor because we were the only ones in our section. The white table clothes gave it that familiar upscale Italian restaurant feel. Our waitress was friendly and attentive without being intrusive.
We began with some shrimp and stuffed mushroom appetizers. Both were wonderful For my main course I enjoyed the lasagna swimming in a rich tomato meat sauce. The sauce was every so sweet and just the right amount of meat. The portion was just the right size, filling but not so much we had to drag a doggie bag around until we got to the car.
My wife had the Orange Roughy on a bed of risotto and raved about it.
Our host Elizabeth enjoyed a seafood pasta she described as very good. I tasted a scallop and found it cooked perfectly.
No dessert with lunch. We were off to Vaccaro’s down the street for pastry.