Germano's Piattini

4.2
184 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
Germano Fabiani has sparked a renaissance in Little Italy with his newest venture, Germano's PIATTINI (small plates), a contemporary Italian kitchen and bar and upstairs cabaret, with a small plates and paired brews menu that excites the palate and offers something for every taste. Germano has turned the 200 year old establishment into a "terzo", a home away from home and work. The scrumptious menu—try the Tartufo Bianco (white truffle pizza), Carciofi Fritti (Prosecco battered fried long stem artichokes) and Polpette Kobe (Kobe beef meatballs)-- is allergy aware (this is a nut-free facility) and includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options...full bar and wine list and wines by the glass (3 oz. & 6 oz.), beers by the bottle and a selection of draft IPA’s, stouts, ales/pils, seasonals /wheats and imports on rotation, creative cocktails, and our continued commitment to bring you an outstanding lineup of cabaret--jazz, opera, urban folk, bluegrass, theater, Broadway and more--
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We were a large party so perfection is never easy however the food was amazing. There was a slight hiccup with a missing soup delivery and 2 meals that were less than hot but each were quickly remedied and all were happy.

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S
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn’t been to this restaurant in over 5 years. If you are in the Inner Harbor walk away from harbor and walk through little Italy. This place is here a long time. The owner is a very hospitable man. Food is very good. It’s a hidden gem.

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RS
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great italian food

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TT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian cuisine for reasonable price. If we are in ther area, we make it a point to dine there.

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WH
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've loved this place and have been dining here with a friend for years. You know places that are bigger or fancier, but you won't eat as well or be treated any better than here. From the first step in the door, you'll feel welcome. I especially love the small cozy first floor dining room. Small plates or full entre? You won't go wrong with any choice. Good wine list too. Our server on Friday evening was Jeannie, and she was great; knowledgeable and personable. Service was well paced, and the atmosphere encourages conversation. No loud music or kids or cell phones! Just civilized quiet. I'm already looking forward to my next visit.

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BB
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely welcome from the owner, and great service for a large group in their upstairs room!

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CH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, drinks and service was great! Bartender made us anything we asked for.

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CR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Germano's Piattini is excellent...great food choices. We were with six people, one who is a vegan and GP has a menu dedicated to vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. The owners and the waitstaff are wonderful - very attentive and sincere in their approach in asking if we liked everything, especially the food, which is wonderful. We have been there several times and we're planning to go again next week.

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MT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cozy. Staff were excellent and very attentive. Food is amazing. Can’t wait to go back.

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

We were so excited to try this place. Unfortunately the service was incredibly slow and our food took almost an hour to receive. I was very excited to try this place; however the flavor of the food was a total disappointment. Based on a combination of service and food quality I would not return.

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BH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I'm trying to give this place the benefit of the doubt - maybe the chef was just having an off night. The brussel sprouts were why I gave them 2 stars instead of 1 for food. The entrees - lasagna and veal marsala both were served barely above room temperature. The lasagna probably would have been fine if not for the temp it was served. The veal was chewy and just not that tasty.

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JN
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Hands down probably one of the worst places I’ve been to in Baltimore. Not only did it take 45 minutes for a beer, to our table, the salad stank, looked old af and the blue cheese had been replaced with cauliflower.

Multiple tables were sending their food back i think we were the only ones that walked out in disgust.

Chin up Germanos, you’ll not be getting my business again.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Valentine's Day

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T
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We went on Valentine’s Day. The portions were very small. We got the eggplant Parmesan, which did not come with pasta or cheese. We found that very odd. Additionally, when desert came out we both ordered the cheesecake. One of the slices had a hair that was cooked into it. Instead of doing something for the inconvenience/grossness of having hair cooked into food, they brought us a new slice, but did not adjust the bill. Overall in was a bad experience.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place good food and service

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S
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the second time that we visited the restaurant. This time we had another couple with us. Four people meant that we could taste four different appetizers and four different entrees if we so desired. The shrimp and Cannellini beans, and the octopus were outstanding as apps. The red beet ravioli delicious. The saltimbocca wonderful. Bolognese yummy. The wine list not extensive but good at both ends of the price range. Service was great with no rushing. Prices very reasonable. Great night, great dinner.

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MK
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

It was Ok - But it always makes me wonder if something is wrong when a restaurant id empty on Saturday night.

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DL
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great customer service. Diondre was our server and he was exceptional!

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TK
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and a delicious meal served in a beautiful venue. I didn't have a chance to see the cabaret show this time, but that is a treat in and of itself. Come for the food or the entertainment. Either way, it's well worth your money!

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place to eat! We loved Dean as our waiter and definately recommend the house made cheesecake!

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OT
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Came for restaurant week. Polenta appetizer and lasagna were ok. I am a lover of tiramisu and was so excited to try theirs. However, tiramisu from the cheesecake factory is sooooo much better. My husband looovvvvedd the cheesecake! He said it was the best part of the whole meal. Dean was a great waiter.

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K
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had dinner here on New Year's Eve, not a first visit. I love this place. I have to admit that I was disappointed to not get a seating in the upper dining room because I enjoy the ambience more. But the foodasalways was excellent.

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K
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! Chef David Rekoski is a genius!!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Seems to be very good for pastas only. My veal marsala was about a half inch thick and very chewy. Not pop punded out at all.
My Wifes salmon was also NVG.

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LR
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Germanos is wonderful! We ate there for the first time when we attended a fundraiser. It was so good that we went back another time. Their lasagne is to die for. My husband had fish and that was equally as good. The owners and staff are extremely friendly and attentive. Very reasonably priced.

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a
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food!

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e
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have a separate vegan menu, which is really awesome!! Delicious food!

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family of 5 had lunch. Wonderful food, great atmosphere, nice wait staff. Even my 5 year old enjoyed the food! Will return.

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MM
Baltimore
74 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We have been going to Germanos for many years and have seen the different incarnations of Germanos. Sadly, the restaurant seems to be on its last legs. The valet parking is gone. Luckily we were going for an early dinner on a weekday and were able to find reasonable parking in a lot several blocks away. We were greeted warmly and led to a nice table by the window. Our server was completely inept. She appeared to be new at serving. She had troubles opening the bottle of wine we ordered and held the glass not by the stem but by the bottom of the the bowl. After my husband tasted the wine, she poured his glass then poured my glass, which is poor etiquette from a restaurant that charges Germanos prices. She wanted us to order quickly and kept coming by the table to see if we were ready. She mispronounced many of the items on the menu. We started with the bruschetta which was a medley of sautéed vegetables that was a ghastly mix of unpleasant flavors. My chicken cacciatore was so so. The chicken was moist but the sauce tasted as though it came from a jar. Again our server kept coming to the table asking whether we were done. About half way through our entree, she came by with the dessert menu. It is unfortunate to see a once nice restaurant fall to such a low level.

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DC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food. Service was friendly, but slow. Would go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First-year wedding anniversary

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RL
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A nice standard 'Italian American' place with good service. Overpriced for what we got: $22 for a smallish plate of spaghetti with 5-6 shrimp and (the usual Italian American eatery) no vegetables.

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r
Orlando
97 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Good food and service. Portions are small. Nice ambiance.

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D
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Baltimore on business and found Germano’s Piattini after a very busy few days. The food choices are diverse and difficult to chose from. The red beet ravioli and the shrimp with linguine were delicious. Our server Keith recommended substuting the house made pasta for the linguine which was terrific. Perfectly cooked. We love vegetables, so the brussel sprouts with ricotta cheese and bacon were wonderful along with the grilled artichoke, which made the meal. We finished off with homemade cheesecake and tiramisu. The best cheesecake ever!

You can’t go wrong at Germano’s Piattini.

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JZ
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Germanos after reading some local reviews. My wife and I and another couple had concert tickets and we went to Germanos before for dinner and wine. We were not dissapointed ! Everything about Germanos was exceptional, from the service, the food and the wine selection. We would definitely recommend this restaurant and would go back again !

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DM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Awful food

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C
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good but service kind of slow. Wine was good but mixed cocktails were weak. We will definitely go back and try the cabaret.

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OT
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very cozy and very nice menu. Only thing missing was cannolis on the dessert menu but the good ones are only a block away so you can take a short still, walk off dinner and have room for the great cannoli

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service! Will be back the next time I’m in town!

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AF
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I were looking for Italian between the Yankees doubleheader games, we walked to Little Italy and after searching Yelp found Germano's. We were seated immediately near a window, and the server was at the table quickly which we appreciated, as we were thirsty from the walk. Germano's does things a little differently, they serve tapenade with the bread, which we really enjoyed. My wife ordered the lasagna, I was craving two things on the menu and ordered the spaghetti aglio e olio and the porchetta. All of these were very tasty, the spaghetti was al dente as I like it and had just the right amount of oil. The only knock and why I scored it a 3 for value is the portion sizes are smaller than what we expected and what we would have expected for the price. Overall a good experience.

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