PAOLO'SPaolo's, Towson Commons, entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue,...



Paolo's, Towson Commons, entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue, Towson, (410) 321-7000. We had an uneven meal at Baltimore's second Paolo's, but one that showed promise. My guess is that the kitchen will get it together because the Paolo's at Harborplace has. A lot of money has been spent to create visually stunning, contemporary dining rooms; unfortunately, the noise level is pretty stunning too. Salads, pizzas and pasta are excellent here, as is the minestrone when it's not too salty. We had less luck with the more elaborate food. Save room for dessert: My favorite was a coffee-praline ice cream. $$ -- moderate. (Last reviewed 10/92.)


Silver Diner, Towson Town Center, 825 Dulaney Valley Road, (410) 823-5566. It's a family place to get a decent dinner at reasonable prices -- you forget it's supposed to be one of Baltimore's hottest new restaurants. The food is a combination of old-style blue-plate specials (country fried steak, hamburgers and fries) and new-style trendiness (poached orange roughy with steamed vegetables, Cajun chicken and Caesar salad). But forget about those low-calorie, healthy dishes on the menu. Put a quarter in the jukebox, sit back and dig into an old-fashioned banana split. After all, this is a diner. $ -- inexpensive. (Last reviewed 10/92.)


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