Fells Point newcomer Sammy’s Enoteca opened quietly in late April serving delicious Italian Food. To get the word out about the new spot, chef and owner Sammy invited a few Baltimore Bloggers / Instagrammers over to try out the food. Unsurprisingly, everything was outstanding; I’m already a fan of Sammy’s Trattoria in Mount Vernon so I knew the food here would be fantastic.
When we were seated, Sammy and his wonderful staff began to bring out plates and plates of food. We began with Charcuterie. The meats were all incredibly fresh as was the cheese. It would be hard for me to pick a favorite of the meats or cheeses because I absolutely adore a good meat and cheese board.
We also tried the Bruscetta. The ciabatta was grilled to perfection and then spread with ricotta cheese and topped with roasted mushrooms, zucchini, and tomatoes. The cheese was so creamy and the vegetables were roasted to perfection in contrast with the beautiful crunch from the bread. Talk about a perfect bite!
Our salad for the evening was the Sally Salad, lettuce topped with gorgonzola cheese, apples, tomatoes, walnuts, EVOO, balsamic, sautéed portabelo, and a vinaigrette. There was nothing particularly outstanding about this salad – it was a salad – but all of the ingredients were very fresh which really spoke to Sammy’s character, he was committed to providing the best.
Based on everyone’s reactions at dinner, it’s safe to say the table favorite were the Meatballs. They were a mixture of veal, pork, beef, and gorgonzola cheese. Talk about a flavor bomb, I would hardly call myself a meatball connoisseur, but these are easily some of the best in the city.
Sammy then invited all of the bloggers and instagrammers into his kitchen to help make my favorite part of the meal, the Gnocchi.
There are a few different types of gnocchi, the most popular is potato gnocchi, however we had ricotta spinach gnocchi. They were beautiful and watching Sammy make each one was truly a work of art – and much harder than he made it look.
When the gnocchi was served to us shortly after we left the kitchen, it was in a delicious kale almond pesto. This was my personal favorite dish. The pesto was bright and flavorful, and it didn’t make this traditionally heavy dish feel too heavy.
The last thing we tried was the Chicken Calabrese, which was topped with sausage, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, and onions. The chicken was in a whine sauce and the vegetables really brightened up the dish – it was another hit!
Know of any other Italian spots I should visit? Let me know in the comments below!
Looking for a place to eat? Check out Rachel’s Baltimore Restaurant List.