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Da Vinci’s Pizza and Market

847 Park Ave., 410-230-9500

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Da Vinci’s Pizza and Market

847 Park Ave., 410-230-9500

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Da Vinci’s seems like one of those small carry-all store/restaurants that should be at the beach, instead of Mt. Vernon. Its blazing-hot storefront sells diapers, cleaning supplies, snacks, and a limited selection of cigarettes (Newports and Marlboros). When we last visited, there was a movie playing on the giant television where one dude stabs another in the neck with a fork. Not so appetizing. But their breakfast sandwiches are pretty-well legendary around the CP office. The whopping bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich ($3.99) has helped many a hungover intern get through a long day of drill-pressing (don’t ask). But we’d been giving it the short shrift at lunch. Thinking we could pop in for a quick bite, we decided to change that. Twenty minutes later, when we finally got our grilled chicken wrap ($5.99) and gyro platter, with fries and a large drink (the fountain was out, so you get a not-so-large can of soda) ($6.99), we realized we could have gone across town. The chicken was tender, well-cooked, and succulent, and the gyro was fine—a little dry maybe—except for the substitution of mayonnaise for tzatziki. What’s up with that? Is it a new Baltimore thing? We’ve come across it a lot lately (see “Thousand Kabobs,” Feedbag, Aug. 30) and hope never to find it again. To be fair, we haven’t tried Da Vinci’s pizza, their specialty, but for now, we think we’ll stick with breakfast.

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