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June/July 2016

Fantastic New Gluten-Free Italian Restaurant in Baltimore

5.0 Palms
Polenta Cafe
Review Type: Restaurant
Location: 900 W 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211
Phone: 443-682-9388


Monica Lapenta

Date Visited: May 2016
Review Posted: May 26, 2016
Summary Everything on the menu at Baltimore's Polenta Cafe Italian restaurant is gluten-free!

This month, we're showcasing a new Italian restaurant in Baltimore. Baltimore is a particularly popular destination in the summer months, as locals, day trippers, or travelers driving up or down 95 stop to enjoy the shops and restaurants of the Inner Harbor or Fells Point, an Orioles game at Camden Yards, the acclaimed National Aquarium, or even Babe Ruth's Birthplace and Museum. Keep this restaurant in mind if you happen to be in Baltimore (or passing through) this summer. It's located close to Johns Hopkins University and the Baltimore Museum of Art.


We rolled into what must have been Polenta Cafe's opening week and were blown away. The entire menu at this Italian restaurant in Baltimore is gluten free, including all the desserts. My very picky kids had the marinara polenta and finished every bit, wifey had the bolognese and had enough to take some home for lunch the next day, I went for the jumbo shrimp with tarragon pesto. WOW. The desserts are AWESOME. We had a flourless brownie with a dollop of caramel and drissel that lasted about a millisecond and a lemon sorbetto in a lemon skin. We WILL make it through the entire dessert menu before the end of summer. I've since been back for two lunch meetings where we've come across some excellent specials. I can't say enough how nice it is to be able to walk into a restaurant where you can safely order ANYTHING on the menu and not have to worry about gluten. These guys have created our new FAV place in Baltimore for authentic Italian made by real Italians.

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