For the area's best Italian food, head toward Little Italy. When you get there, turn north up President Street/I-83 and continue 15 or so miles to Cockeysville. There, you'll find Fazzini's Italian Kitchen, a Spartan strip-mall storefront that probably wouldn't register much on anyone's consciousness outside of Cockeysville if the food wasn't as spectacular as the surroundings are unassuming. Friendly and family-run, Fazzini's serves up the freshest-tasting homemade pasta and sauces around, enormous stuffed foccacia (a house specialty), work-of-art soups, and outstanding chicken and seafood dishes. Even something as simple as shrimp parmigiana or linguine with red clam sauce is something special here. The prices put the tourist-trap chow farms that predominate in a certain Southeast Baltimore neighborhood to shame, but the beauty of Fazzini's is that the best reason to come isn't the good value, but the great food. That it's cheap is just the cream in the cannoli.