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Dining Winners

Best Italian Restaurant

Chiapparelli's

Sam Holden

237 S. High St., (410) 837-0309, www.chiapparellis.com

Posted 9/17/2008

If you know of any good affordable genuine Italian food outside of Little Italy but inside city limits, let us know. We don't know of any, which isn't so bad, because Little Italy has lots of decent Italian fare. Chiapparelli's tops the list this year. The calamari is fresh and served with plenty of tentacles, and the tangy sauce is homemade, as are the pastas. We tried the spinach and cheese ravioli, which they gladly serve as a child's portion if you want to prime your gut for one of the meat entrées. In this case, veal saltimbocca, the Roman original, with tender veal, prosciutto and provolone in a Marsala sauce. All at prices you can afford.

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Other Awards for Best Italian Restaurant:

Café Gia, 9/16/2009

Amicci's, 9/19/2007

Café Amore, 9/20/2006

Amicci’s, 9/21/2005

Sabatino’s, 9/22/2004

Aldo's, 9/17/2003

La Scala, 9/18/2002

La Scala, 9/19/2001

La Tavola, 9/13/2000

Fazzini's Italian Kitchen, 9/15/1999

Amicci’s, 9/18/1996

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