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It used to be Alberto's, now it's Arturo's Trattoria
It used to be Alberto's, now it's Arturo's Trattoria

The shopping center that houses Arturo's Trattoria is not nondescript. It is downright ugly. Back when this Crain Highway shopping center was home to Trattoria Alberto, it acquired an almost legendary status for being amazingly uninviting — and that added to the restaurant's cachet. "You'd never know it was there," people liked to say. For almost 30 years, Baltimore-area diners kept claiming to have discovered the polished charms of Alberto Contestabile's out-of-the-way trattoria. Contestabile closed his trattoria in December, and not long after, word came that the space would reopen under new ownership. Arturo Ottaviano, owner of the popular and...

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