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Ceriello Fine Italian Foods

Address:529 E. Belvedere Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21212

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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 2/15/2006

Ceriello, a fancy Long Island, N.Y.-based Italian market and deli, has come to Belvedere Square, and it’s brought with it large, satisfying sandwiches that are easy on the palate if a bit rough on the wallet. Ceriello is a bit overwhelming—the place is crammed with food: Meats, cheeses, olives, and oils cover practically every surface. It offers a wide range of premade pasta dishes, soups, and sides, as well as made-to-order salad for $4.99 per pound that goes far beyond the usual iceberg and withered carrot slices norm. We selected from an array of $6.49 pannini. The Abbruzzo—salami, mortadella, provolone, and roasted peppers—was good but a bit light on the meat, the roasted peppers overwhelming each bite, and we regret not getting it grilled. The $8.99 King Cold Cut wasn’t short on meat, and while the price felt a bit steep at first, it was really two meals worth of food. The best thing about Ceriello’s sandwiches is the bread—crunchy and firm, but yielding Italian bread on which we would happily eat just about anything. Ceriello won’t unseat Trinacria as our favorite Italian deli, but the bread and the almost intimidating selection of other offerings won our esteem.

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