According to Annapolis, City on the Severn by Jane Wilson McWilliams, the “first Italian immigrants of modern times came to town in the mid-1890s as Naval Academy bandsmen, and then a few years later stone cutters arrived to work on the new Naval Academy.” Since then Italians have played a big part in the cultural life of Maryland’s capital. Nowadays, the Annapolis Sons of Italy celebrate their heritage every June with the “Festa Di Santa Madre Cabrini” festival.
Of course, one of the greatest gifts Italians brought to Annapolis was their traditional cuisine, and visitors to the city can enjoy the top five Italian restaurants below as recommended by tourists on Tripadvisor that received their “Certificate of Excellence”.
“Osteria means host and Chef/Owner Arturo Ottaviano takes that meaning very seriously. From the elegant atmosphere to the freshest ingredients that comprise his dishes, Arturo is passionate about every aspect of Osteria 177.”
Carpaccio Tuscan Grille:
“Comfortable, yet sophisticated. CARPACCIO offers more than just a menu of authentic Italian specialties. Revel in our uptown ambiance indoors or out while you savor the perfectly portioned and exquisitely flavored pastas, pizzas, meats and seafood dishes.”
“Founded in 1992, Giolitti’s is a full-service Delicatessen specializing in authentic Italian cuisine. The emphasis here is on fresh ingredients prepared to time-honed recipes, value priced and served with pride. Owner Mary Giolitti has combined her passion for great food and fine wine to offer Annapolis a true taste of Italy!”
Maggiano’s Little Italy:
Maggiano’s Little Italy’s portions are “large, reminiscent of a Sunday night visit to their grandmother’s house”, using recipes that are “simple, authentic classics, many of them coaxed out of Italian grandmothers, mothers, and aunts whose ideas of a recipe were a pinch of this and a sprinkle of that.”
“Intimate Italian Restaurant located in the historic district of downtown Annapolis, Maryland. Located on the new “hot spot” addition of West Street, we offer authentic Italian cuisine in a cozy atmosphere and our friendly staff assures an excellent dining experience. Our décor is warm, with hand painted murals depicting Naples. Candles and blue glass accents decorate the restaurant. Fresh cut flowers line the columned archways and walls.”
A B&B Near the Restaurants
These great Italian restaurants are a short drive away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your bed and breakfast room at our toll free number 877-330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.