Lew Gambino's

4.3
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926 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

Italian with a fresh twist!

We offer a wide variety of wine selections by the glass or by the bottle, signature events, and fresh new creations from the kitchen, including house-crafted pasta, meats and seasonal vegetables that are locally sourced from area farms, and herbs that are farm-to-table fresh.

Join us for Lunch, Happy Hour, Dinner, Dessert, or Sunday Brunch! (Brunch starts Sunday October 6th 10am-2pm and will be buffet style with breakfast creations, pasta dishes and homemade pastries!)

Casual attire welcome!




Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, American, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(410) 685-7733
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
NOW BOOKING HOLIDAY PARTIES!! Private Event Space Dedicated Bartender for Larger Events Customized Menus Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner Events
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Private party contact
Deb Poquette: (410) 340-3569
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Catering
We offer off-site catering for both lunch and dinner - call for quote (410)685-7733
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Stiles St and Fawn Street
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Parking details
Parking: Free street parking, two blocks from Little Italy Garage, Valet also available
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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DV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food and great choices for adult beverages! We will be back soon!!

OT
Baltimore
56 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I will say that almost everything was perfect. I loved my Caesar and linguine with clams. However, what was weird was my wife’s chicken parm was both excellent and poor. The chicken parm? Phenomenal. The chicken was crispy and not heavily breaded, with a good amount of cheese and sauce. But the side of pasta almost tasted like it had chlorine in it. So she kept it to the side because the chicken was plenty big.

Also, we got a cheesecake slice to end the night. We loved it. Obviously the cheesecake and cherry sauce on top was homemade. So homemade that one cherry still had a pit in it. I didn’t really care, but I didn’t want anyone accidentally breaking a tooth so I felt like I needed to let the kitchen know. They seemed to totally agree.

OT
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, Veal Parmigiana was excellent.

Lew Gambino's
Responded on November 6, 2019

Thanks so much for the compliment! We hope to see you again soon!

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c
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Stopped in the other night on our road trip. We've been coming here for years but hadn't been there in awhile and noticed it had a new name. Original owner now has a partner, so they just changed the name. My wife stuck with what she knew she'd like (Chicken Marsala) and wasn't disappointed. I tried the cod special which was also really good. Service was good and the prices are not bad. Well worth it; glad we stopped in again!

SR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is in a great location, with a menu full of delicious items and plenty of options for people with food allergies. Even with limited parking, it was very easy to find a spot. I will definitely be returning.

Lew Gambino's
Responded on November 6, 2019

Hi Stephen! Thanks for taking time to send us a nice review! We hope to see you again in the near future!

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JH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Though the ambiance was amazing, the food lacked the taste of authenticity I expected. Out of my party of 2 sent their food back completely and the others, including myself, decided to try and "doctor" it up with salt and pepper. It didnt help at all. The food was extremely bland. I was very disappointed because the media exposure this restaurant has been given and ambiance deserve 4-5 star cuisine.

BG
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Chicken part and eggplant parm were delicious! Our waiter was attentive and very friendly. We will definitely visit again!

BM
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

A decent attempt at reopening this restaurant. Still working out the kinks though. The servers couldn't be more lovely, but I went there specifically for zucchini noodles. No one didn't seem to know what they were and I got served a completely different dish. No explanation to be found. I'll go back, but I'll make sure they know what I'm ordering.

RK
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Way to go Ray!
Fun, exciting place.
Service a little erratic and less than friendly, but the food is outstanding.
It would help if the noise level could somehow be reduced.
We were, not at our preference, seated in the bar area where a large party was gong on(we had early reservations and the unfriendly hostess didn't even ask our seating preference). You literally had to shout to be heard.
With a little tweak here and there this could be a fun place with good food.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious as always

LC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a friend's birthday during the Little Italy Arts Festival which was an added bonus. We had a reservation for 6:30, but were ready to eat earlier. The staff at Lew Gambino's (formerly Ciao Bella) welcomed us at 5:45 and accommodated our requeest. It was all-around great, and, when we left there were lots of folks waiting to be seated. Clearly popular -- and for good reason!

NA
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Loved the experience - the owner is delightful and the name has changed to Gambino's - the new part owner is Ray Lewis, of Ravens history. Try it, I think you will be vert happy with the menu, food, and experience!

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

We were sat at our table and then ignored for 30 minutes. No drink orders, no bread, no greeting...nothing. staff even walked to other tables around us. We left and went to Amicci's. Very frustrating.

N
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Food was good however no one came back for about 20 minutes. Then we finally we ordered drinks & about 15 minutes laters we were brought bread. And then we ordered our dinner about 20 minutes laters & waited another 25 minutes before our food came. Everything hot & tasty, which made it a somewhat ok experience.

ND
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Great food. Drinks are a bit pricey. Surprised not a lot of diners that evening.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They did not have the bottle of wine we asked for when we first sat down—another table sat down next to us and the restaurant also didn’t have the wine they asked for either. The chicken Alfredo had no flavor and the chicken was just from a rotisserie and also unseasoned. When asking for a second round of bread as a way to get filled from the flavorless Alfredo, it took them about 15-20 minutes to bring it.

This restaurant is expensive for not using any seasoning and I would not recommend.

KO
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

7 meals. One had the special but it wasn’t that good.

SM
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places I have been in Little Italy. Food was amazing and great atmosphere

OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ciao Bella was tasteful, comfortable and accommodating. We had lovely seats, it is easy to find and our food was delicious. We had the Lasagna (yum), Chicken Cacciatore (yum) , Veal Saltimbuco (yum) and the Gnocci which were little pillows of love.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Good food, forgetful waiter.

g
New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful people, the owner was great. Awesome experience

GQ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

They seem to be short on wait staff. Our waiter did a fine job even though the place was busy.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

They were extremely short staffed. Our waiter was soo incredibly kind. He was also very knowledgeable of my food allergy and if he didn’t know the answer he immediately asked the chef.
It took over an hour to get our food. The food was really good once we got it but they need chef Ramsey to come revamp the place.

W
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great gluten free selections for my wife. Nice high top table by the window to watch the action in Little Italy. Food and service were very good, we will be back.

MT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service is always fantastic and the food is consistently good!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The Caesar Salad was delicious, the veal Marsala sugary, the linguini in white clam sauce vinegary and hard to chew, and the veal parm was dry.

JK
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my girlfriend here, it was our first time. I can't remember my waiter name but he knew the menu to a T, and his recommendation about the dish was spot on as well. The atmosphere was romantic although you didn't have to be in your Sundays finest. Will definitely return here.

EE
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. They served hot bread with oil. I asked for butter and when our server brought it he also brought more warm bread since the other had cooled. We will come back again when we are in town.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

If I could have left 0 stars I would’ve. My husband and our family of 5 were to join my parents to eat here for my birthday as a special trip to Baltimore. Unfortunately, after arriving and being greeted by signs that said, under new management, the host walked past us at least 4 times. The restaurant had 3 patrons and there was not a line. Finally, we inquired about our reservation to which the host looked surprised. He came back sat two parties that arrived after us. We continued standing for another 10 minutes after the other parties had been seated and inquired again. He again acted surprised and then pointed to one of the many empty tables. We sat down and were ignored for another 5 minutes, no apologies were given. We got up and left. With the many places to enjoy great service and food, you don’t have to eat an establishment where the staff is unkind and unresponsive.

JG
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian cuisine! Just earnest I was searching for! Perfecto!

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience. The service was excellent as was the food. The owner Tony was engaging and camt wait to come back for another afternoon lunch with my wife

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived 5 minutes after our reservation time only to wait another 10 for a table and 30 for a server. By the time they arrived we were so turned off by being ignored we opted for Aldo’s (which was INCREDIBLE by the way!!). There was no music, the manager didn’t ever check on us, the server took his time and then when we asked why it took so long he said “why, are you in a hurry?” Super disappointed and will not be trying again.

EC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food; great seemingly family owned atmosphere. Only issue is we couldn't sit as soon as we arrived even though we had a reservation. Other than that the night was perfect.

ST
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Multiple food dishes, all very good.
Service was verrrry slow and it was not crazy busy.

MG
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ciao Bella has one of the best tasting pasta sauces in Little Italy. The service is friendly and staff is attentive.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. Service was remarkable. Would recommend for date night or for some great Italian comfort food

OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

The house salad was unexciting lacking anything special in taste.
The Chicken Picatta also lacked anything unique in taste and in fact was very weak in taste.
The Veal Francaise was over cooked which killed the delicacy of be made thin
The above with 2 glasses of Chardonnay cost $91
We were very disappointed for $91
No parking valet. No designated parking lot
Absolutely NO Reason to ever go back.

m
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Would have given it a higher rating except they were out of too many items. Our party of five had to rethink our order too many times. They were out of the only appetizer we wanted and they were out of two of the entrees we ordered. Sadly, I had actually checked in advance that they served gnocchi since two in our party like it better than pasta. It's on the menu, but they were out of it. The people at the table next to us actually walked out without ordering because of the limited menu. It's no wonder Sunday night is not the time to go to small, individually-owned restaurants. The food we had was delicious and the staff was pleasant.

TM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I went this past Saturday and made reservation on Opentable. They were 30 minutes back-up on reservations made and even told us we were next but then served someone else before us even though they came in after us. The hostess was not the most pleasant and gave attitude. I've been here before and never had this experience so im shocked.

L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Waited over thirty minutes after our reservation time to be seated, food was not good and overpriced, service was not good