Pane e Vino
408 S. High St., (410) 685-3300, cafegiabaltimore.com $$, D In 2015, the owners of Café Gia opened up this leisurely bar right next door, with well-executed cocktails and all of Café Gia’s menu items available, thanks to a shared kitchen.
1300 Bank St., Suite 140, (410) 522-6900,piedigrottabakery.com $$, B, L, D, R
A vast array of Italian treats greets customers of this Little Italy staple: pane, grottoni, crostates, tortes, and more. You can also buy some freshly prepared lasagna to pass off as your own at home. Piedigrotta also serves sit-down dinners year-round.
Sabatino’s Italian Restaurant
901 Fawn St., (410) 727-2667, sabatinos.com $$$, L, D, R
Southern/Central Italian specialties, but a good bet is the bookmaker salad to open, with the chicken Vincenzo to close.
415 S. Central Ave., (410) 624-5947, tortilleria-sinaloa.com $$, L, D
The same great tortillas as the original storefront location on Eastern Avenue, but with a bigger menu, full service, and a liquor license. The cochinita pibil is particularly rich and savory.
Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop
222 Albemarle St., (410) 685-4905, vaccarospastry.com $, B, L, D
Sure, this historic shop is known for its sweets, but you can also grab a panini or a salad if you feel weird about eating a ton of cannoli and cookies for a meal.