About Germano's Piattini

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--

300 South High Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary Italian, Tapas / Small Plates, Gastro Pub

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Sunday, 11:30am to midnight

Cross Street:
Fawn Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 752-4515

Website:
http://www.germanospiattini.com/

Entertainment:
In the upstairs Cabaret, in speakeasy style, Germano's PIATTINI offers “dinner and a show,” featuring jazz, bluegrass, opera, indie music, theater and, of course, cabaret. The Cabaret opens at 6pm for pre-show dining. Performances begin at 7:30pm unless otherwise indicated. Inquire about cover charge. Performances are for dining patrons only. Please note that while reservations in the Gastropub, Barn Room and Tuscan Room can be made over the phone or online, you are only guaranteed a seat in the Cabaret upon the purchase of your ticket. Tickets may be purchased online at germanospiattini.com or by calling the venue at (410)752-4515.

Catering:
Germano's PIATTINI's Private Dining Team works diligently with event managers to craft memorable on-premises dining experiences for clients and their guests. For more information about special seasonal menus and suggested wine and beer pairings, contact the venue at info@germanospiattini.com or call (410)752-4515.

Parking Details:
Choice of public lots, garage and off-street parking as well as valet option.

Public Transit:
Orange Circulator Little Italy stop; Metro Shot Tower stop; Buses 7,10,20,23 and 40.

Executive Chef:
Germano Fabiani

Private Party Facilities:
The Gastropub seats 40 among high-top tables and bar. Renovations include original brick façade and terrazzo brass-inlaid floor. The stunning bar, charcuterie station and tables are constructed of repurposed barnwood with wrought iron hinges and are glass topped with copper fittings. A hand-carved Amish ladder floats above the bar, converted for bar utility.

The Barn Room is located on the first level and seats 22 with the focal point a vintage hand-turned spindled marble Chef’s Table. The walls and floor are made of repurposed wood from a red Amish barn and are complemented by hand painted murals.

The Tuscan Room seats 50, with exposed brick walls and original Tuscan frescoes; uncurtained windows welcome the pageantry of Little Italy.

The Cabaret seats 90 and is outfitted with an in-tune Yamaha G-1 baby grand and sound system.

Vintage posters and artwork from the owner’s personal collection adorn the walls of the restaurant.

Private Party Contact:
Germano Fabiani: (410) 752-4515

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Germano's PIATTINI has earned a reputation for creating unique and delicious dining experiences. For a full listing of the venue's culinary, performance and visual arts events, visit germanospiattini.com/calendar-of-events/.

Germano's Piattini Ratings and Reviews

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90% would recommend it to a friend

Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
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Cozy (5)
Authentic (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Live Music (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Notable Wine List (1)
Business Meals (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

The porchetta was out of control good!

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·Dined 4 days ago

Valentine’s Day Ruined – We made a reservation a week in advance for 7:45pm for Valentine’s Day. Upon early arrival (7:30pm), the host confirmed our name on the reservation list and immediately proceeded to sit us at the bar. We were confused and thought there was no formal dining area. Two couples arrived after us and were seated upstairs in what seemed to be one of the formal dining areas. We then talked to the host about our reservation made days ahead and he agreed to move us to the dining area. As we waited at the bar with no service, after 10 minutes of waiting he informed us that all the tables were full. We said it was fine and decided to leave the restaurant. At this point, the host tells us that he could find us a table. We said thank you and left the restaurant. They seemed unapologetic and gave no importance to us, the customers. Furthermore, every restaurant we checked on this very cold night in Little Italy was full due the special occasion. Luckily, we found a restaurant that was accepting walk-ins, but this experience definitely left a very sour feeling to our night. I would not recommend Germano's Piattini to anyone!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 28, 2018

So who ever heard of an italian restaurant with an all you can eat brunch? It is basically a mixture of breakfast dishes with an italian twist and small plates. The sausage hash was really good although a little large and the ricotta was a really nice side. the fried egg in tomato sauce was interesting and a pretty light dish. Fried polenta with bolognese was great although the bolognese is a little too tomato-y. The gnocchi with bolognese and meatballs was excellent, very light puffy gnocchi the way it is supposed to be made. Meatballs could have been left off, they were a little tough, The french toast was unique, soft italian rolls with a light syrup run under the broiler, really tasty and light. All in all a great bargain and a good introduction to their menu. I am going back for a dinner after this.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a great waitress, Danny (sp), but the food was just awful. The fried calamari came with a red sauce that tasted exactly like canned tomato soup. The "fried" polenta was nearly cold and soggy, and had been topped with a very blah bolognese. The caesar salad was good; not great. I ordered salmon (I figured if the appetizers were any indication of quality, I wasn't going to load up on a bunch of calories from food that didn't taste good) which was incredibly dry and sat atop some cold cooked peppers. The gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce was an embarassment: hard balls of dough in a sauce that could not have been anything more than flour water and a small amount of butter or oil. Not a spec of cheese to be found. The third member of our group ordered a pork dish that came with cabbage and onions and was really the only dish of value. Such a shame that a restaurant that has been around as long as Germano's has seen the quality of its food degrade so much.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 22, 2018

This is a wonderful restaurant. Truly enjoyed the experience. The food and the service was excellent. We Found it on Open Table and so glad we did.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The salad was very fresh and flavorful, our server Carla was friendly and knowledgeable, the brunch menu was generous.

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Went during restaurant week on a Wednesday evening, had a reservation for 8:30 pm. And were seated immediately, the bar area was empty and there were still a few tables open in the dining area so plenty of availability at that time.

Live music was advertised but was not present which was a bummer. They also ran out of bread, which was also a bummer.

The food (apps, dinner, dessert, coffee) was excellent and the wine recommendation was excellent. Would definitely return for the food and wine and for a true cabaret experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

The beet ravioli and polenta was delicious!!!!!!!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Service and atmosphere were great. We didn’t find the food to be anything special. Everyone agreed their meal was fine but nothing great.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Old School Italian. Good for Family or Romantic dinner. Minimal portions for good pricing.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We came for restaurant week and had the Brussels sprouts, artichokes, tagliatelle ragu, salmon, and cheesecake. The Brussels sprouts and artichokes were fine but nothing amazing, and my tagliatelle was so overcooked, the noodles were almost mushy. Then, we had to wait over half an hour for our dessert to come... which was literally just cheesecake they had definitely already made and just had to put on plates. Barely any apology and no offer to comp any part of our meal. Waste of money.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Fantastic food, never disappoints. The beet ravioli is especially delicious. We didn't sit in the bar area this time, but I think I would next time- it has a really nice feel in there. The only critique I have is the service, or one particular server really. I have had her twice, she is fairly new I think, but she is kind of all over the place (clumsy, couldn't open our bottle of wine, just a little too in-your-face if that makes sense). For a date night at a nice restaurant, I prefer a server who is a little more refined (I know that sounds terrible, but it is true!).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We enjoyed our pre-theater dinner very much. The menu was described online as Italian "tapas" which was quite accurate, and perfect for us. We were able to sample appetizers, entrees, and dessert, plus wine by the glass, for a very reasonable price, and without feeling too stuffed. Everything was very fresh and prepared to order. We felt a bit squashed in, since only the front of the restaurant was open, with 5 or so tables. The menu had vegetarian and gluten-free options. The service was lovely - Amy made us feel welcomed and cared-for the whole time we were there. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We tried Germano's because of Open Table's reviews and we were not disappointed. This is a small, intimate restaurant that is both cozy and inviting. There is a great bar area with about 8-10 bar seats and high tops for many more (20?). You will be greeted when you arrive and made to feel like a returning old friend. The dining area is small but can be made to accommodate a larger group or smaller seating. Our server was absolutely the best in warmth personality and attention to details. Our party of 7 loved everything we ordered and left overstuffed because it was so good. Leave time to walk the charming Little Italy neighborhood after and you won't mind overeating a bit!

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Doesn't get much better than this. Seated promptly. Met by a friendly and gracious owner.
Superb food and wine. do yourself a favor and check it out. Entrees and appetizers had us rolling our eyes and insisting others tasted. Best gnoggies, ravioli, lamb.......Brussel sprouts, brucchetta ..........the chianti perfected the experience. Pardon my lousy spelling.......but the meal and experience were great. Our friends and us are returning soon. Way good. Mangia, mangia. Four stars plus

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Get to Germano's generally for lunch whenever the opportunity presents itself. Immediately greeted by Germano and seated. Group of three--one local and two guests from Ireland. Excellent lunch menu with tons of entrees. Had the salmon as usual and never disappointed. My guests really enjoyed their selections as well.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Food was good, not great. Service was excellent.
We were looking for a place in Little Italy to accommodate a large party
and a variety of eaters. This place seemed like an interesting modern take
on Italian and had a large upstairs area for our party of 14. The servers
taking care were terrific. The food was okay, nothing really a standout
but not terrible.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We have dined at several different restaurants in Baltimore's "Little Italy". Germano's was the best experience by far. Food was excellent with both typical Italian dishes as well as new "takes" on traditional items. Always judging Italian restaurants on their Marinara Sauce - Germano's recipe gets a 10!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Nice decor, the friendliest service, delicious food (the flatbread pizza is super thin and crispy, the best I've ever had, the cannoli were to die for). Great spot in Baltimore's Little Italy!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Stay away. Once of the worst dining experiences.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was great and service was decent. I would visit again!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Varied menu in Northern Italian style both small plates and main courses. Excellent service along with a caring staff.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We had a very enjoyable time. Good food and very helpful in assisting each diner with their food preferences. Great music!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Vegan, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Healthy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We love Germano's. We took our family to dine & enjoy the annual Madonnari Arts Festival (fabulous artists create chalk paintings on High Street), which Cyd & Germano created. It's a lovely way to reintroduce people to Baltimore's Little Italy. Germano's bar (which we really enjoy) was friendly (as usual), vibrant and the food was fantastic. Germano's is our 'go to place' in Little Italy. And the cabaret--with talented, creative talent--is a wonderful way to spend the evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Food here is great! Bring back the olives! Fun live band will be back

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 24, 2017

What a find! Germano's is a real treat, much better than most of Little Italy. OK, the interior looks a lot like most Little Italy restaurants. The food however is much better. The Caesar Salad has just the right blend of garlic, anchovy and other flavors. The beet ravioli with mushrooms meld effortlessly. Nothing can beat the attentive service when the manager or owner is checking up.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 19, 2017

I have dines in every dining room and cant decide which is best. Great service, Great Food and great atmosphere. I highly recommend Germano's

Tags: Quick Bite, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Always enjoy my visits here. Recent lunch with two friends. Greeted by Germano and enjoyed catching up with him. Service by our professional and friendly Goucher student and budding opera singer was top notch. Interestingly we all had very tasty grilled salmon off the luncheon menu plus mix of salad and soup for starters. Three course lunch was fairly priced. Never disappointed when dining at Germano's.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 31, 2017

I love that their menu has clear indications of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free choices, along with many choices of each. For two people dining with dietary restrictions, it made it easy to make a selection, and not have to spend time asking tedious questions. The food was also delicious!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 29, 2017

From the moment hubby and I walked in to Germano's , we felt very welcomed. Our server was AWESOME!! I feel so bad that I can't remember his name. He was so knowledgeable about the menu --offering great suggestions, and such a nice, pleasant young man. We chose this restaurant for Restaurant Week, so I ordered off of the lunch menu. Hubby ordered the Lasagna Classico and a Caesar salad. The lasagna was the best we ever had! It simple melted in your mouth. I had the Polenta Bolognaise, and the grilled salmon with a fennel salad. Both dishes were to die for! We had apple mimosas and sangrias to round out the meal. We did not order dessert, as we were stuffed from the main meal. Hubby and I will definitely be returning to Germano's for dinner in the very near future. Can't wait to tell all of my friends about this wonderful restaurant!!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Tapas, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 19, 2017

I went with two friends prior to a concert at Pier 6. The service was excellent and quick. The spaghetti with eggplant was fabulous (the best since Sicily) and my friends both enjoyed their eggplant parmesan. The cappuccino was outstanding - they use Lavazza coffee. Looking forward to going back for that coffee.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Quick Bite
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 14, 2017

I love this place. Casual vibe and delicious food. I usually sit with a friend or two in the small dining room downstairs. You can actually have a conversation there. The menu is varied. I've had delicious pasta entres, or sometimes a salad (the beet salad is the best!) and a couple of small plates. The wine list is pretty good too; nothing intimidating. Service is friendly and efficient. Valet parking makes for a completely stress free evening. I just ate there 10 days ago, and now I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Very disappointed. Not near the quality of Italian food that I was expecting seems like might work well for a vegetarian their vegetables were good

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 4, 2017

I would go out of my way to visit this place again. Definitely give this restaurant a visit. I was greeted by name as soon as I walked in the door, and shown to a comfortable window seat. The wait staff (my waiter was Eric) know their job. He was attentive without being cloying, and very considerate. I appreciated that he was very knowledgeable of the menu, made a couple of good suggestions. I ended up ordering a special, the Hake which I was told was a new item. I hope they keep it on the menu. It was delicious, and I don't please easily when it comes to food. The chef handled this dish beautifully; a delicate and well balanced blend of seasoning that allowed each ingredient its place. Thank you for not overpowering it with onion or garlic, allowing the fish to be tasted.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 24, 2017

I was very disappointed in the quality of the food. The calamari was made from frozen. The marinara? tasted like canned tomato sauce. The lasagna was mushy and had no seasoning. The only thing that was good was the salad.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Germano's is our favorite restaurant in Little Italy. We have come back many times for the amazing food, wonderful ambience and the AMAZING cheesecake!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Quiet Conversation
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 19, 2017

I picked this restaurant for my husband and I to try out because of the vegetarian/vegan options. Needless to say the food was just ok and the portions were small. We expected more for the high price. It was just disapointing. On the plus side the staff was friendly.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Absolutely terrible! Waited 2 hours for our food! Waitress wasn't even apologetic. Once food came out it was so bland and I had to ask 3 times for salt and pepper and finally got it after I had finished.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 6, 2017

We went early for lunch and it wasn't busy. The food was good and our waiter was attentive. Overall, everyone had a great experience.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 1, 2017

Will visit soon!!

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