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822 Lancaster St. (S. Exeter St.) Send to Phone
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Two restaurants in one: an informal wine bar and a dining room with Northern Italian fare --- with prices to match.
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Cinghiale, Baltimore, MD

Cinghiale Restaurant Review

: Cinghiale is right across the street from Charleston --- the flagship in Cindy Wolf and Tony Foreman’s justly famed Charleston Group of restaurants --- but it’s also a continent away. What Charleston does for the low-country cooking of the American South, Cinghiale (“wild boar”) does for the Italian North. It’s really two restaurants in one: the Enoteca, or wine bar, is for feasting on antipasti, pasta, panini, and charcuterie and cheeses from the central salumeria, while the formal dining room, the Osteria, offers four courses of the chef's most luxuriant seasonal specialties, as well as a more rustic (and economical) Grandmother’s Kitchen option. Menus change daily. There might be some concern regarding the Osteria’s high prices and portion sizes that look stingy to locals used to Little Italy’s bounty. But when your meal can include such fare as pan-roasted black bass and confit of rabbit leg with maitake mushrooms, crispy polenta and spinach purée, a little sticker shock just might be worth it. You’ll probably want to indulge in paired wines, too. Any cellar masterminded by Foreman is one well worth exploring.

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I don"t know how it could be any better.
by timmac on Wed Oct 20, 2010 4:59 pm
I am planning my son's rehearsal dinner for next May. I really want it to be special and different than the standard "banquet" food that is usually served at an event like this. I spent a lot of time looking at restaurants in Baltimore and Cinghiale was pretty high on the list before I even talked with them. After talking with Heather, I was pretty sure that it was the right choice, but my wife, son and daughter-in-law to be needed some convincing. Last Saturday we had dinner for nine. It was incredible. Because of the size of the group, we were able to sample a lot of the menu. Not a single dish disappointed us. We had the risotto, and a couple of the pasta dishes, in addition to the duck, steak and rock fish. OMG everything was nothing short of incredible. The sommelier is quite knowledgeable, and with my limited ability to describe what I like - hit a couple of home runs. My sister-in-law, who is quite knowledgeable about wine, raved about his suggestions. The selection of gelato for dessert, was varied, and each flavor was topped with a small cookie that perfectly complemented it. I can only think of one restaurant where I have had such creatively prepared food. Most impressive was the service. We were a party of nine, not the easiest for a restaurant to deal with. The service was friendly, prompt and nearly without fault. (They missed giving olive oil to my wife as she had her menu over her plate at the time.) The only other negative was the noise level, but because of the size of our group we were seated in the "bar" side of the restaurant. I am looking forward to working with Heather to design a meal that will knock our guests socks off, for no more money than a traditional restaurant would charge. If you live in Baltimore you probably already know about this gem. If you are visiting, Chinghiale MUST be at the very top of your list to visit. You will not be disappointed.
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