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Italian lunch fare in Fells Point: Anastasia Italian Bistro

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Anastasia Italian Bistro and Lounge is part of the Kali Restaurant Group and is located where Mele called home for a number of years. I’m trying to think if there are any other Italian restaurants in Baltimore’s Fells Point and if there is, it escapes me. There are plenty of bars and restaurants but nothing I can remember that is Italian.

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Anastasia has been open since late 2013 redesigned with what I call Italian minimalistic touch of black, white and red. Pictures of a motor scooter, Italian actresses and a large Barbara Wood print adorn on the walls. There are bars galore in Anastasia two on the restaurant level and one in a lower level lounge. When the restaurant opened they only served dinner and made a name for themselves as a more upscale nightclub venue with dancing. It was only recently that they have opened the doors at Anastasia for lunch between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. I was a guest of the restaurant to come in and enjoy what Anastasia offered for the midday diner.

It was one of the few sunny days we had recently and guests were enjoying the handful of outdoor tables that lined the front of the building on Thames Street. An outdoor chalkboard sign notes “LUNCH –Pick 2 - $7.99, soup, salad, panini or pizza. “ The normal size pizza they serve is HUGE so with the lunch special you get a personal sized pizza. Whether you go with the lunch special or a la carte, there are numerous offerings-something for everyone’s taste. They even have a Healthy Corner section with grass feed meats making it suitable for the Paleo diet.

One of my table companions ordered the bruschetta sampler and it held its own to others that I’ve had. I kicked off my lunch sharing an Italian Chopped Salad and it was a good rendition; cool, fresh and lightly acidic on the palate. Our waitress took the initiative to serve it split in two bowls. My other lunch companion ordered the Pizza Arrabiata with a spicy tomato sauce, roasted red peppers and mozzarella and I must say it was very large, free form shape, not the perfect circle. Do check out the slideshow.

I have a thing for Linguini and Clams and there are numerous variations. Anastasia’s offered clams in their shell with sautéed shallots, fresh herbs, red pepper flakes, tossed in a garlic cream sauce. Also ordered was the Fruitti de Mare. Both pastas come in what looks deceiving like a small portion but the depth of the bowl holds a bountiful plate.

The Executive Chef Gerado Gonzales for Anastasia will be competing in the Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament kicking off June 16th.

There was no dolci that day, no dessert – time had slipped away. Out of all their choices, if I had time, I probably would have gone with the simple Italian Limon ice but for those with a bigger sweet tooth possibly the Roman Sundae – gelato, double chocolate caramel, vanilla bean whipped cream and tuile straw.

Anastasia Italian Bistro & Lounge
1636 Thames Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
410 534 6666
www.anastasiabaltimore.com
@anastasiabistro
Lunch, Dinner, Dancing, Music
Happy Hour 5pm to 8 pm – 30% off all alcoholic beverages.

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