Walk in Baltimore's Inner Harbor and Dinner (with Dessert) in Little Italy

tony bennett

"I love the Little Italy section of Baltimore, and I never need an excuse to eat pasta.  I always hope I have a chance to have a great meal when I am there!"  - Tony Bennett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti."  - Sophia Loren

 

As an added bonus, after dinner we will walk through Little Italy and head to Piedigrotta Bakery, that is run by Carminantonio Iannaccone, with his charming wife Bruna.  Carminantonio started baking at age 9, and he is the inventor of the Tiramisu, that has now become the highest-selling dessert in the entire world:

http://www.bookofjoe.com/2007/08/meet-carminanto.html

I will stop there for coffee before the walk if anyone wants to join me.  That is also where I park the car, on Central Avenue or in the residential area, as I do not use the pay lots.

 

Below are photos of a Navy submarine and a Coast Guard cutter from our last walk in Inner Harbor that took place this past winter:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other photos you see on this page are all from our last winter walk in Inner Harbor with the dinner in Little Italy following our stroll.

Please post a profile photo just like Tony and Sophia did.  We all like to know who you are and welcome you.

Yes, it will be cold, but we will warm up on our stroll.  This will be a 4 mile walk on level pavement through Little Italy as well as the waterfront of Inner Harbor, with a final return for an early meal at Dalesio's in Little Italy in our private room.  The food in the restaurant is delicious, the atmosphere is casual, and the prices are reasonable.  If you park two blocks behind St. Leo's church in the warehouse district or residential area and the back streets, there is free street parking therein.  The pay parking lot is one block behind the church, and there are several pay lots in other adjoining areas, but I recommend using the free parking spots and walking a bit.  Don't use the timed meters, as you do not know how long you will be there.  The rear of the church faces East, for referential purposes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Little Italy, we will walk by the homes and restaurants that give the area such a special ambiance.  This should be an educational as well as an entertaining passeggiata, which, in the old country, is a daily ritual that has been developed into an art form.  If it is not too cold, we may see who is winning at bocce balls, then we will pass the statue honoring Christopher Columbus, as well as go by various battleships and coast guard vessels.  We’ll go by the outdoor museum exhibits or art works that are on display at the time.  We'll stroll by the Torsk submarine that was once in the employ of No Such Agency, and also walk by the good old Constellation, as well as a pirate ship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will view the vessels floating along the waterfront, whose occupants spend their time watching us watching them.  Note that what is outside will be contingent on the weather, as all outdoor events are.  After passing the Baltimore Visitor’s Center, we will go to the promenade by the Maryland Science Center, and then turn back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sidewalk and gangplank that moves with the tide is always a unique experience.  After our walk, we will then heed the call of the pasta.  After our dinner at Dalesio's, for those of us who still have room for more, we'll walk through Little Italy and head to Piedigrotta Bakery & Pastry Shop that was voted "Best of Baltimore" and is run by Carminantonio and Bruna Iannaccone for some cannoli, gelato, torta, complemented with an espresso or a cappuccino, and where we can make quattro chiacchere.  The cost of this event consists solely in the food and beverage one decides to purchase after the walk, as well as any parking fees incurred.  Please dress warmly.  The event will be canceled if there is inclement or dangerous weather, and, if such is the case, all attendees will be notified the day before the event no later than 9 PM if there are any changes in our plans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In your RSVP, please let me know for sure of your attendance for dinner after the walk so that I can let the restaurant know how many to expect.  We are expecting to have an early dinner at 2:00 PM, but that is an approximate time, as it depends on how many places we stop along our walk, as there is so much to see.  We can then go for dessert at 4:00 PM.  At the dinner, you can let me know if you can make it to dessert as well.  If you park at a distance, we can walk with you to your car after the activity, so don't worry about walking there at night.

We will meet at 11:00 AM (and not later) in front of Saint Leo’s Catholic Church in Little Italy at 227 South Exeter Street (on the corner of Stiles Street).  This event is appropriate for all ages, and guests are allowed.  And, on this activity, while kids are welcome, pets are not.  Remember that 11:00 AM is the designated meeting time, so please be on time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sunset should take place at around 5:04 PM on this date.  After our dinner, the harbor lights should be on, providing us with a visual treat as the lights shimmer upon the water.

 

The restaurant can accommodate our large group.  Please note that we should be able to get individual receipts as well, so bring cash to make it all easier.

 

Dalesio's restaurant web site:

http://www.dalesios.com/index.php

 

Piedigrotta Italian Bakery and Pastry Shop's web site:

http://piedigrottabakery.com/

 

Parking information and lots in Little Italy:

http://www.littleitalymd.com/parking.htm

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello All
    My computer went in for repair the day before our Inner Harbor/ Little Italy hike. So I haven’t been able to communicate with the group or up-load any photos until now. Thanks for all the good wishes. I enjoyed the day: talking to people, seeing some of Balt’s architecture, being active, trying to get some long shots in spite of the mist, and the highly animated rich conversation my table had at lunch.
    Bob thanks again for all your efforts to make it happen.
    Kevin

    January 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Somebody in our group asked me about Tony Bennett and if he comes in this area, so I will upload a photo of him.

    January 19, 2013

  • Albert C. T.

    Thank you Bob for a very nice and active day. Great to meet everyone and look forward to doing more activities in 2013.

    January 16, 2013

  • Doris

    This meetup was great, we have a beatiful day...great food/desert and nice and friendly people.

    January 14, 2013

  • Vicki E.

    Had a great time as it was my first time doing this walk. Lovely day, good food and great company. Thanks Bob!

    January 13, 2013

  • Susan

    Wow! That Bob is good! Not only can he plan a great trip but he even makes sure that the weather cooperates as well! The entire day was one of the best thanks to him and all who went!

    January 13, 2013

  • Colleen

    Excellent. I got to meet new people, went sightseeing, and had a great time.

    January 13, 2013

  • kathy

    "Thanks Bob, for organizing this. As usual for your event, a step out of the ordinary. Very enjoyable and relaxing time. This part of Baltimore is sooooo interesting. Today's trip was a good 'sample-tasting' for me...."

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a spring-like day, with unbelievably good weather. The walk was invigorating, and the group was extremely friendly. Dalesio's had our private room ready for us as we finished our urban hike that went from one end of the Inner Harbor to the other. And then, after a scrumptious dinner, we walked to the Piedigrotta bakery, where the inventor of the Tiramisu bakes to his heart's content. Famous last words heard upon our entering the full Piedigrotta Bakery: It looks like there are no chairs or tables so there is no room to eat. The rest was history!

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    great walk on a beautiful day. Lots of friendly people and good food. Another great outing from Bob.

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We had great weather and great company. It was nice to meet so many nice people. I look forward to attending more events with the group this year.

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I know this is last minute but need to back out as my wife is now sick with a cold or the flu going around.

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I sent everyone my wireless number in case you get lost in the city and you need to reach me. Good luck on your journey to Balamer......

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There is a fog advisory for tomorrow morning so leave early giving yourself extra time, so if you give yourself an extra hour for travel and you get there early you can have a cup of coffee at Piedigrotta and be relaxed. Stay safe and see you tomorrow.

    January 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      All the links are above...... To the church, parking, the restaurant, the bakery, and anything else of note.

      1 · January 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    January 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, Bob
    I have to leave Baltimore by 3:45 - 4:00 pm. so if we eat at 2:00, that would work. Otherwise, I will not be able to join all of you for dinner.
    This just came up....I am watching my grandchildren tomorrow evening.
    Mania

    January 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, you will be able to leave Baltimore by that time.

      January 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Change of plans! I can stay later.. rollin' with it as it comes! Thanks, Mania

      January 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes. I will r really be there, Bob

    January 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - If you need to reach me, you can do so by email until 9 PM tonight. Remember that there is free parking with no time limit in the residential area a few blocks BEHIND (i.e., at the rear or towards the east) of Saint Leo's Church on the other side of Central Avenue. If you click "Saint Leo" at the top of the page, you will see a map of the area. Get there early so that you do not have to rush.

    January 11, 2013

  • Cindy

    I'll be there for dinner.

    January 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The long range weather prediction for Saturday is currently for 60 degrees and cloudy, so let us also pray for no precipitation.

    1 · January 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    ~ Greeting Bob! How do we get on the waiting list? :-)

    January 7, 2013

    • Cindy

      I am really looking forward to hike. The weather is supposed to be awesome for Jan! Hope I don't get lost trying to park...Bob, you said to park a couple of blocks behind the church - what is the name of the church?

      January 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      St. Leo's......

      January 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do we need to make dinner reservations individually?

    December 24, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bob, if you get a cancellation, I'd love to go. (new member).

      January 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Peggy - You are on the waiting list. Let's see what happens......

      January 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - I am closing this event. If you cannot make it, PLEASE update your RSVP accordingly, and do it now rather than the night before the event so that we can plan properly.

    January 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had something come up and now I'll be traveling.. Have fun all.

    January 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bob will our walk be at a leisurely pace where we can take pictures?

    January 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Absolutely.

      January 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I plan on attending the dinner as well as the walk.

    January 4, 2013

  • kathy

    I live in Alexandria. I have a Honda CRV and that can seat 3 others comfortably. I can drive or sit in an extra seat. Does anyone want to car pool from that area?

    January 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bob I'll be going to dinner with the group after the walk.

    January 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks, while we still have an entire week to work with, it would be good to firm up all carpooling arrangements now. Also, please, if you cannot go, update your RSVP accordingly, as I need a head count for the restaurant.

    January 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I wonder if anyone attending this event lives in or near the Reston area. I don't know Baltimore very well and I would like to ride with someone if possible and help for fuel. Thank you.

    December 31, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oops! I thought I RSVP'd! Thanks! I'm NOW on the wait list!

      January 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      And you also moved up to the going list. This is so much movement that I am getting dizzy!

      1 · January 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks, take a look at where the members who are looking for and offering rides are coming from, and contact them directly by email (not by greeting) by clicking on their profile photo, as that may be more productive. Good luck.

    January 1, 2013

  • Susan

    This sounds like so much fun. Is there anyone near Fredericksburg who is driving and wouldn't mind a passenger willing to pick up driving and other expenses?

    January 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to taking back some cannoli with me!!

    December 29, 2012

  • Doris

    I live in Woodbridge, like to know if someone goes from Northern VA.
    to ride with, I will help with gas, Please email me.
    Thank you

    December 24, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Doris, I will going up from Woodbridge.

      December 25, 2012

    • Doris

      Hi Alice, can I ride with you? we can meet somewhere ...you can email me. Thanks

      December 27, 2012

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