E. Clement St
& Clement Streets
First off, I must start by saying that even though the
Caesar's Salad here wasn't "to die for", the restaurant and
ambiance was enough to make us return.
Pazza Luna is a charming two story home
converted to a restaurant, just outside of the famous Baltimore Inner
Harbor. The moon, sun and star themes appear everywhere: on the
walls, plates (specially imported from England), the upholstery, as well
as the bottles of olive oil on each of the tables. Complementing
this is the Italian theme, with Sinatra and "Soprano's" memorabilia throughout
(Sinatra's songs played in the background), and roasted garlic heads
freshly prepared with your meal.
We arrived just as an electrical
blackout rolled in (an unexpected Saturday night closing for a restaurant
is a killer). The host began his phone calls to cancel reservations,
as guests were turned away and the kitchen prepared to close early.
We were not able to order any entrees, but the kitchen was obliging in
preparing us our Caesar's Salad. We ate at the bar as guests
reluctantly (and slowly!), prepared to leave.
One of the neighbors came in with sets
of Waterford crystal candleholders and candles, which romantically lit up
the bar. The bartender continued service until we left, making our
unexpected pleasures all the more memorable. The ambiance of the evening was
I had a glass of
champagne with my salad. It was not an extraordinary salad.
Apparently, the dressing recipe was handed down from Danny Dickman, who
once managed "Danny's", a 5-Star restaurant in Baltimore.
It wasn't too oily and coated the leaves well. Beyond that, my
memories have faded beyond the beauty of the whole night. Which
makes me conclude: a blackout in a restaurant can evoke just about any
response, and this one supplanted all negative...