Nuovo Italian – Tagliata

Nuovo Italian – Tagliata

Local restaurateur Alex Smith and his Atlas Restaurant Group (Loch Bar, Azumi, Ouzo Bay) has added another sibling to his growing collection of restaurants in Baltimore: Tagliata. Located on the border of Little Italy and Harbor East, in the spot formerly occupied by Fleet Street Kitchen, it opened in mid-summer. Subtle changes have been made to the layout, and some dramatic changes made to the décor, courtesy of local designer Patrick Sutton. The front door has been relocated from the streetfront to the side, off of the large courtyard.

That freed up the entire front area (formerly a tavern-style dining space) to now function as a swank lounge, complete with grand piano and performing combos. Adjoining that area is the marble-topped bar, with its own row of upholstered built-in benches, matching light fixtures and mirrored backbar. The bar area is ringed with suspended Edison-style bulbs and features heavy wrought-iron pedestal sconces holding flickering white candles placed around the bar.

The martini I ordered was perfectly concocted and refreshingly chilled, and the happy hour crowd on a weeknight was well-dressed, attractive and lively. Happy hour is Monday through Friday, 3pm to 7pm, and features wines by the glass for $6, a selection of draft and bottled beers for $4, and classic cocktails priced at $8, along with nice selection of nibbles, such as meatballs and cheeses.

Diners have two options: the main dining room located up a few stairs behind the bar, or the expansive courtyard outside—a perfect spot during the warm summer evenings to mull over a menu that includes classic Italian specialties—pastas, steaks and chops—benefit of renowned local chef Julian Marucci. Across the courtyard is the entrance to Tagliata’s new sister restaurant/lounge, The Elk Room, but we’ll save detailing that experience for another column.

So, when you’re driving or strolling down Fleet Street, look for the festive strings of twinkling lights strung across the courtyard, and the jaunty script of the restaurant name overtop of the wrought-iron gates. Pop in and experience it—you won’t regret it. {1012 Fleet St. Reservations strongly suggested.}

Sloane Brown

Baltimore's longtime fashion and social scene reporter, Sloane is the founder/managing editor of Baltimore Snap.