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A little Italian grocery with a big take-out menu.

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Athena Towery


1701 Edmonson Ave., Catonsville, (410) 788-2369

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When we’re in the ’Ville and Little Italy seems too far, the next best thing is Scittino’s. It’s a little Italian grocery with a big take-out menu. Fresh pastas, breads, imported oils, and specialties line the crowded shelves as you enter the small establishment. If you’re lucky, one of the four tables will be free. We weren’t lucky when we dropped in on a busy weekday lunch hour. We decided to get carryout and were greeted with a case of beautiful Italian pastries at the counter. The menu has the standard selection of subs, pizza, and pastas. There are several stand outs, though, like the Hot Veggie Sub ($5.50 for half, $11 for whole), with mushrooms, onions, sweet peppers, and black olives, marinated in sherry and Italian herbs. It comes on a sub roll, but we asked for the rosemary focaccia because, well, we like rosemary focaccia. The sweetness of the sherry was balanced by the tanginess of the herby oregano marinade. The flavors were unique and savory but tended to overpower the earthiness of the mushrooms. To accompany the large and filling sandwich, we selected something from their assortment of fancy imported sodas ($1.19). Next time we go back, we’ll try one of the beautiful calzones on display.

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